UPDATE (Mar 17, 2022): Unfortunately things got corrupted and I lost all my sketches. Note to self, make offsite backups.
Opa and Oma (the grandparents) want to interact with their grandchild Rhys, who is far away and with this lockdown going on, there is no way of getting close.
We want something that goes above the regular video chat, we want interaction. The less passive Rhys is while interacting remotely with his grandparents the better.
My initial idea was something to do with robots, I believe my fascination with inanimate things moving would be shared with Rhys.
Unfortunately, this idea is not feasible with either time or money. So back to basics…
A basic knock-knock game perhaps?
I left the above idea because it might be too much to ask a toddler to knock on a virtual door. Instead, I thought of something involving less self-awareness.
One fascinating fact I remember from my psychology class was that on child development, where if you were to cover your face with your hands the toddler would assume that you disappeared, even though they see your body in front.
I intended to replicate this magic.
I created initial sketches in Sketch and began development right away.