Narrative background generated based on the four conditions and research.
It is the year 2088. Weather weirding has become more dangerous and is impacting many places, including Toronto. The people are urged to find a way to sustain themselves in the extreme weather. The city of Toronto is providing people with shelter; however, the most pressing issue concerning the city is that of energy resources, which must be solved for the city to function efficiently. At some point, people find out that it is possible to generate energy by utilizing the extreme weather. They get the idea of replacing monetary currency with energy currency. Therefore, a monetary system is not applicable in this situation, and people can generate energy to make a living by sharing energy they produce with others or by using it to pay for goods.
The energy suit
The solar bank is removable, so the user can replace it or charge it multiple times. The energy can be transferred using the transmitter on the front side of the jacket. Additionally, there is a receiver on the back of the jacket that allows the user to receive energy from others.
Design Concept Prototype
The coffee station
During the presentation, we built a demo system to show the audience how the energy currency works. To create a closer connection with the audience, we wrote a short story that showcased our idea and acted it out.
“Hi, one coffee please!”
The coffee place smells as great as usual, the aroma letting me temporarily escape this harsh world. I remember my grandfather telling me about the world he lived in before. It was once a pleasant place, but suddenly, everything changed. “Here is your coffee. Your total will be 10 kilowatts!” I grab my coffee from Spadina refuge and continue heading toward King West shelter.
The stand is built with a projector holder and a transaction machine with an embedded wireless charger. When the transaction machine receives electricity, it will trigger the website to play the transaction processing animation. See the whole interaction demo below.
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