GALASPHERE

Industrial Design  ·  UX
Team project/ Yu Huang (ID), Jason Liu (ID), Christine Lai (GD)  ·  14-week duration
Role in the team: Research; brainstorm; concept development; experience design; 2D & 3D development; prototyping; motion design
Software: Solidworks; Keyshot; Sketch; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects

 
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GALASPHERE is an advanced telescope with a interactive system designed for entry-level astronomical fans, bringing an easyimmersive and connected stargazing experience.

 
 
 

The Problem

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The Mystery of far-away stars and the Curiosity of astronomical fans are the reason why they are engaged with the deep beautiful night sky.

 
 
 

But for entry-level stargazers, they are suffering three major problems:

 

Physical Limitation

The heavy and complex telescopes create a bad stargazing experience and make it difficult for them to use and understand.

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Lack of Information

It‘s hard for them to learn the complicated astronomical knowledges correctly as well as finding the latest news that guide them to observe.
In addition, they get lost easily and don' t know what star they are looking at when being exposed to the night sky dotted with thousands of stars.

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Disconnected with Community

Because of lacking the astronomical knowledge and information, they sometimes miss the observation opportunity of some valuable astronomical phenomena. 

 
 
 
 
 

Insights

Create an easy way of using the telescope;

Create an immersive experience of astronomical knowledge and information flow before, during, and after the observation;

Create a seamless stargazing experience both outdoor and indoor;

Create a connected system for them to be able to share and interact with the astronomical-interest-based community.

 
 
 
 

Introducing GALASPHERE

 
 
 
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Components

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The Telescope

The Interactive Base

The Drone Telescope

 
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The Future Experience of Telescope

 

The scientific data of stars and AR technology are built in the Galasphere system, it knows which star is being observed and knows the direction and location of a star based on the real time interface. 

Through the system, users can follow the guidance to find the star or nebula they want to see, as well as to know what star or nebular they are looking at. They can "save" the recognized star into the system for further study and review.

 
 
 

It is portable, designed for outdoor observation use.

It sits on the small telescope base while being indoor. It use near-field technology to transfer the observation data to the Interactive Base.

 
 
 
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The Objective Lens

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The Eyepiece

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A series of Small Rubber Dots Matrix is designed and applied on both side of the telescope, in order to enhance the friction while holding it by hands.

 
 
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The top part of the telescope is the controller designed for outdoor observation use.

 
 
 

Make It a Litter Further

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It creates a new way of exploring the starry night.
It not only extends the limits of our eyes for observation, and provides the fun and excitement of play.

 
 

It is designed for outdoor observation when the weather is cloudy and foggy, as well as suffering from light pollution.

The Mini Drone Telescope is built with astronomical-level CMOS;
The drone technology is able to reach 2.5-5km above the ground, which goes beyond the cloud layers and stays away from light pollution.

 
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When going outdoor, it is placed inside the Telescope, covered by the controller.

When being indoor, the Mini Drone Telescope sits on an individual base, transmitting observation data to the Interactive Base.

 
 
 

The Immersion and Fun of Learning

 
 
 
 

The Interactive Base is for indoor use. It is a hologram system with 6 hologram projectors and a real-time interface.

 

It is designed with 2 modes. First, Galaxy mode.

 

The astronomical data visualization are built as motion holographies into the system. With the holographic and interactive interface design, users can learn the astronomical knowledge with lots of fun, they can also schedule the outdoor observation activities through the system based on system's suggestions on when/where/what star user should see in the near future. 

 
 

Second, Journal mode

Journal mode is designed as a astronomical diary.

 

The system records and keeps track of when/where/what star or nebula that have observed or saved by the users. It is not only the best place to review the astronomical knowledge, but also a great way to celebrate the great observation memories.

 
 
 

Build Some Connections-Live Sharing

 
 
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This is the Galasphere Live Sharing System Community Design.

The system is designed to connect different stargazers and viewers as a astronomical community, creating the platform for them to share the fun and excitement of exploration and fulfill the curiosity in the moment.

Users are able to live share the stars/nebular they are looking at to the whole community through the system. No matter where viewers are, at home or on the bus, they can observe and communicate with the live-sharing stargazer together to celebrates the great moment.