How would an actual robot vacuum deliver a drink to a user?
I stumbled upon a UX design task within the Apps Lab course application. It encouraged designers to choose their favorite app, come up with a new feature, design wireframes and mockup screen, and create icons/UI elements as needed.
I decided to tackle this task as a practice exercise and I chose Roborock app because I ❤️ my robot vacuum.
The new featured would be “drink delivery” inspired by Star Wars (R2-D2 carrying drinks on Jabba’s jacht).
Real life robot vacuum delivers a refreshing can of Cola
I posted this video online on April Fools 🙂
I interviewed a potential user, explored vending machines and experimented with attaching drinks on the robot vacuum.
I wanted to understand:
- What sequence of steps users expect from the feature?
- What drinks with what options users expect?
- In what situation would users order a drink?
I interviewed a single user for this fun project. In the real world, I’d interview at least 5 people.
Early whiteboard doodles
Based on the research, I abandoned hot drinks and focused solely on refrigerated soft drinks, specifically Coca-Cola sleek cans. This simplified the design of the app, docking station and drink holder.
Sketching and wireframing
I sketched different variants of screens for each step of the feature sequence to explore possible designs. Then, I made lo-fi wireframes and consulted my friend, UX Designer, to get feedback.
Wireframe of Drink delivered screen
Mockup and app prototype
I made mockups of each screen.
Mockup of Drink delivered screen
Finally, I created an interactive prototype with animations.
Practiced Adobe XD & Took Adobe XD course.
UX Designer feedback was invaluable, significantly improving the project.
User interview was essential for making design decisions with confidence.
- Overcoming the chicken and egg problem requires learning that only comes form exploration and experimentation.
- Tried Fiverr for the very first time to get a robot voice and a docking station model used in the video.
- Learned how to extract Roborock pkg files.
- Filming without cuts is hard.
Robot with custom-made drink holder attachment
It was a joy working on this and seeing it all come together. Thanks everyone who participated! 🥳
App design, mockup & video: Roman Luks
Robot voice: dallynbrunck (fiverr)
Sketches for 3D modeling: shakthi_97 (fiverr)
3D modeling and rendering: isolutions111 (fiverr)
Consultation: David, Natasa, Tereza, Tom