The purpose of Smart bowl is to help people remember to place their keys in the bowl, so that they don’t lose their keys. There is red under-glow coming from underneath the bowl when the keys are not in the bowl. However, once the keys are placed in the bowl then the red will go away, signifying to the user that their keys are not lost, but in the bowl.
These photos encapsulate some of essence of the user testing. Everyone felt that the bowl had purpose and was useful, however, it did not work for everyone. With the imperfection of the bowl, in order for the switch to be triggered, the keys must have enough weight and in a certain area of the bowl. Some people (Riley on the right) were able to just toss their keys in the bowl and the bowl was immediately triggered and the lights shut off, signifying to the user that their keys are not lost. However, some people (Maizie on the left) had trouble with getting the bowl to detect the keys and was left there with the light on.