Wellyears Talking Ball

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Overview:

The Talking Ball
Product Design
Individual Project  
2018
The Talking Ball is a smart tool that designing a combination of stress relief a note preparation tool to help ESL students communicate better.

A billion people are learning English around the world and most of them are struggling with the same things. It’s hard for them to communicate in a second language.

Challenge:
How might we design a tool for ESL students to better communicate with native speakers and improve their social skills in a relaxed way?
The final output
According to a survey, many students feel anxious and unconfident before and during a conversation in their second language. Fidgeting is a human response to anxiety, while you are fidgeting, you are actually releasing your pressure.

Pressure relief
Encouraging them to talk and relieving their pressure is important. Talking Ball is made of rubber and is easy for users to squeeze. It allows fidgeting actions that can help people who are under pressure from communication feel better. Besides, those sucker-like bumps are flexible to pinch and scratch.


Take notes in advance
Communication notes is a roll of portable and detachable paper. You can put main points of what you plan to say in advances. Preparing in advance can help to increase quality of conversation. Two buttons on the sides of ball connect with the note roll, which allow users to roll paper easily.