With a very tight deadline and excellent teamwork, Alto was created as an app that uses music to better the emotional well-being of users. It does so by calculating user's current mood and music preferences in order to create a playlist catered to improving their overall mood while travelling or exploring the city.
Throughout the hackathon, I was in charge of project/team management, research, persona development, logo design, prototyping and wireframing. I made sure our team stayed on track and that we all had equal designated responsibilities.
In response to a citywide cultural shift, into a more modern and smarter era, we need to improve and optimize our human experiences with smart technologies that interact with the city. As our population increases, and our cities become smart cities, we need to both adapt and align our daily experiences to be in tune with our emotions.
As you travel through Toronto, you should feel the way you want to feel, having your music react and having Toronto adapt to the community’s mood. With music we can embrace and improve our lives and reach the moods that we want during our daily routines.
1. Alto is able to populate a persons journey with a correspondent playlist, harmonized to their mood and elevate it to their target mood by using personalized metadata, biometrics or their manual input of their current and target mood in a specific time frame (such as their route to work through google map).
2. The more user explores app, the more they can unlock additional events and options. You can explore new songs, hear your favorite genres, and get closer to your ideal mood during your idle time. This exploration will benefit the listener and the artists at the same time.
3. Alto can be found in different hotspots all over the city. These hotspots gather the general data of the visitors in that area, allowing cities like that of Toronto to get a better understanding of how certain areas specific to that city are affecting their citizens emotionally and how they can improve the area overall.
4. Creates a network in a sense that users can see where other people are as well as how they are feeling in a certain time and connect.
With a limited time span, we fleshed out our idea by brainstorming using CPS tools using convergent and divergent thinking to establish a clear challenge and solution. After ideating and researching, we began creating our wireframes and personas to get a better understanding of our target audiences. Here are two of the personas we created and the sketches we made while developing alto.
As a group, we collectively generated a plethora of ideas throughout the process of creating Alto that we could potentially add on. With further development, we would love to include the following features: