What is Cricket?
The majority of people travel to see or experience one specific destination. In doing this, the traveler is unaware of what is around them because they are more focused on reaching the final destination. Cricket is a portable travel companion that aims to change this by making the traveler more aware of his environment and the things around him.
Cricket, in synchronization with the mobile phone, tracks if the traveler is passing by any locations that are suggested by friends or simply matched with his interests. If so, it gives a simple vibe to nudge the traveler to look around. If the traveler manages to track down and finds the recommended place, the Cricket gives a continuous response of vibration, informing him that he has discovered the recommendation.
If the traveler needs help, the Cricket can be detached from its magnetic dock to be used as a haptic compass to reach the suggestion. Increasing strength of vibration corresponds to being closer and in the right direction, to provide an intuitional method for navigation. The discovered place can also be bookmarked.
Cricket is the result of a collaboration between three interaction and two business designers. The brief had two key points: Providing a new solution for making travelling more active and engaging; and using open design philosophy and crowd sourcing to develop new business models. The first one was accomplished by reflecting the feeling of discovery through an intuitional navigation device. For the second one, the project was developed as a Kickstarter campaign, employing the style and the business modality to communicate the concept to the people.