Smartphones, and the ever-advancing technology on which they run, provide a new platform for learning and exploring on-the-go.
I wish to explore how this new frontier may apply to my favorite hobby: hiking! Smart-phone cameras, facial identification software, GPS technology, and social media are all recent technological developments that may provide totally new opportunities in the area of wildlife exploration.
A mobile app that optimizes recent smartphone technology to provide a deep, comprehensive, and collaborative method for spotting wild animals!
Fauna will provide quick and easy access to the user’s camera and microphone. Hikers may capture an animal’s appearance or sound, and Fauna will identify the animal!
Through highly engaging user interactions, rich graphics and exciting animations, Eon aims to inspire that deeply curious place in all of us, that, for many, has been numbed by dry textbooks, un-engaging lectures, and stressful testing.
Fauna will record all information of interest to birders and wildlife explorers, including time, date, location, and weather of a siting.
The sketching phase of this project includes three very important stages: (1) With the user in mind, I brainstorm and refine included features and content, and repeat. In the case of mobile, I look to cut away all extraneous features so that that the app does one thing super well. (2) I experiment with how best to arrange the selected features and content so the user flow is streamlined, and the information architecture is intuitive.(3) I experiment with how features and content will be visually portayed.
Map visualizes current trail, with surrounding geography. Highlights current location.2
User may still access camera quickly.
Map shows topography, trails, and labels geographic landmarks. User may pan, rotate, and zoom in and out!2
All captures, or spottings, are added to the map at location of siting. A photograph of the spotted animal will appear in the circle.3
Current trail is highlighted, as well as user’s current location.
User may top spotting to reveal modal, showing the photograph, the spotting mechanism (audio, photo, or video), and the species name.2
Swipe left and right to browse other spottings.
The camera screen is an overlay, which may be minimized at any time to return to the previous screen.2
Swiping tabs. Users may also identify animals by sound, or shoot a video!3
Add photos from existing photo library.
Upper left icon visualizes adjusted image in relation to original image. The white solid square is the former, the outlined rectangle, the latter.2
Choose to orient image portrait, landscape, or square.3
Rotate image 90 degrees counter-clockwise, or clockwise.4
Revert to original image.
Provided (i.e. not user generated) photograph of animal.2
Tap the music note icon to listen to a short sample of animal sound.3
User may swipe between tabs.
Basic facts and statistics.
Circular graph visualizes prevalence of animal over different times of the year.
Circular graph visualizes prevalence of animal over different times of the year.2
User may slide the dial along the graph, and bottom information adjusts to reflect spotting statistics for selected time of year.
Swipe through featured species. These may include species that are prevalent, or exhibit interesting/notable behavior, during the current time of year.2
User may browse species by one of five significant phylums.
My visual inspiration is guided by nature: the boughes of pine trees, and the mysterious feel of fog in the mountains. Through muted greens and and blues, Fauna will capture the still and silent solitude of the forest, so dear to lovers of nature and wildlife.