Kikomo. The digital time
Author: Kerim Nail Karakurt, Industrial Design Student, University Pforzheim – Faculty of Design, Credits: Kerim Nail Karakurt
The Corona pandemic creates new challenges for the world and forces people to make serious changes to their lifestyle within a very short time. During the first lockdown in the spring of 2020, the first problems already became noticeable, such as social distancing. Employees now find themselves in online instead of offline meetings, while staying at home. Parents have to look after their children during their home office activities, and the children try to follow their education through online classes. Digital consumption is rising. Because of the rising dgital consumption it’s important for parents to have a clear overview of their child’s digital behavior. On the other hand an important goal for Kikomo is to ensure a higher level of appreciation and a self-responsible feeling for children towards their digital time. The focus is set on a controlled but non-restrictive form of monitoring to make sure children don’t have a strong sense of surveillance but at the same time, parents are still in control and having a clear overview of the digital usage. First of all, children receive the Kikomo watch. They can decide for themselves to take the watch with them or not. This doesn’t influence the performance of the product. This encourages both the feeling of self-organization as well as independency. Alongside the watch, there’s a connected application which is installed on both the parent’s and the child’s smartphone. The watch is connected with the application through Bluetooth. In the settings, the parents can now set the available screen time for the child and select the apps and games that are going to be time-limited. As soon as the child uses an application that’s selected on the list, the available time decreases until it’s used up. From this moment on, the corresponding apps and games lock themselves. It does not limit any other functions on the phone. Of course every day, the child is given a new chance to manage his or her time better, which encourages a long-term healthy and sustainable use of digital media. The design of the Kikomo watch serves as an interface between the digital and analog worlds. The available digital time is presented as a bar on the clock, which has a gradient towards the end, graphically underlining the fading time. After each elapsed hour, the clock produces a sound. If the time runs out, the chosen digital media can no longer be used for the rest of the day. Kikomo deliberately displays the progression of digital time on the analog clock, drawing the eye away from the screen. The shape of the clock is designed to be precise, simple, but also robust. The round shape picks up the character of a clock. The injection-molded case allows the object to be resistant to everyday use. In order to tempt neither digital, nor analog interaction, the colors of choice are black and white. To attach Kikomo, it has an eyelet. Whether on a keyring, backpack, necklace or bracelet – every child can find an individual place for their watch.