12. Reflection & Next Steps
As we look back over the course of 9 weeks…
What was helpful
Expert interview & usability tests have been the most helpful in figuring out the requirements from the researchers and what citizen scuba divers’ desire in order to go out and collect samples. For an area this niche, subject matter experts and talking to people firsthand gave us more insights over hours of secondary research.
What was surprising
1. For a skill-based hobby like scuba diving, we need to consider the proficiency and capacity. Novice scuba divers might not feel comfortable or confident to operate other devices underwater, especially when they are still learning to control their buoyancy.
2. Our interpretation of what is seemingly easy, is completely different in the natural environment context (i.e. 40 feet down underwater with bulky scuba gears). Divers wear different gears and gloves that would affect how they interact with the device.
Given more time…
1. Talking to more researchers will provide us a better understanding of the different research needs. Further, establishing validity to our solution. By doing so, Galene kit could be use for different kinds of research as well
2.Testing the prototype under constraints (e.g. underwater). Doing so, allow us to simulate similar environment that scuba divers would have. Putting ourselves in their condition, their shoes.
Project Galene is inspired by both the far-reaching impact of a potentially highly accessible solution and the challenge to design for a highly-constrained context. Our hope is that through Project Galene, scuba divers could easily make an impact to the environment they so love. Consequently, our researchers and scientists could further draw more conclusive results to further the cause against micro-plastics pollution. And as for all of us, to remember that the next time we use a single plastic bottle, we will be feeding another 10,000 microplastics to our fishes in the ocean.