About Clear Object

Our community partner was Clear Object, the short version of what they do is provide IOT (Internet of Things) solutions to other businesses. This means that when businesses have a bunch of data and don’t know how to read it, they go to Clear Object. From there Clear Object will do their best to make the information understandable.

So as an example, let’s say Rolls Royce has an airplane engine with a bunch of sensors in it, but they have no way to understand the information that the sensors are sending back. Rolls Royce will come to Clear Object and have them build custom software so they can understand more about their engines. This can take the form of an iPhone app like the one we created, a website, or any other way that the information can be understood better.

The Challenge and Why

I was put into a group with two other people from my Innovations class, Lauren, and Molly. Together we met with Nicole from Clear Object and decided on this specific challenge:

 Monitor the probable influx of customers in a fast-food restaurant through key metrics on social media, such as hashtags and location pinpoints. Using this data, design a way that managers can use these key metrics to determine when to begin cooking food, in order to minimize waste.

Essentially what this means is that we had to propose a solution to them that could be used by the manager of a fast-food company to see when a possible influx of customers is coming. They want to know this by looking at the information available on social media like hashtags and location tags.

Prototyping

The prototyping process started with brainstorming, spitballing, and seeing what our class had to say. But finally, we settled on an app that connects with social media apps to monitor activity. The next step was to think through what it might look like and what features to add. So we began designing!

Nick Bisesi - Clear Object

Here’s what we came up with: an interactive app that allows restaurant managers to view the top 10 trending topics on various social media platforms, such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. This will allow managers to see popular events nearby and predict when to begin cooking food, depending on the time of the event and the number of people mentioning it on social media.

Final Proposal

Conclusion

Everyone in my group did a great job working as a team and coming up with some great ideas and I’m very happy with the way it turned out! I had some great takeaways from this project including: working in a group, brainstorming even if you know you might not use that idea, and finally that you can’t do everything yourself. Overall, this was a great experience and I’m glad I was able to work with great people and an amazing company.

Thank you to everyone involved!