Whereabouts Clock

BBC R&D | Product Research Studio | MSc Product Design

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“I certainly love the idea of a physical version of the whereabouts system. So the brief I would set is a physical version of the whereabouts system.”
IAN FORRESTER | BBC R&D

The BBC had built a “whereabouts system”. This was a communal screen that displayed the location of employees on that day and the rest of the week. The system is used widely throughout the building however the form of it – a screen – was flawed as it was impossible to read from a distance and dynamic changes went unnoticed. I built a physical version of the system to solve these problems

A Hub of The BBC’s Media City is the kitchen area. By referencing a common kitchen object; a jar, “The Whereabouts Clock” display’s employee’s location in a glanceable way using RGB LEDs and sandblasted glass. A change in status causes the jar to spin on a servo and the RGB LED to change colour. The servo that has an intrinsic and attention drawing sound.

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BBC R&D | Product Research Studio | MSc Product Design
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