Tumle is a tool to provide shared space to play for fathers on parental leave and their babies. It consists of two physical parts, Legelyset and Legemåtten. Legelyset is installed in the buggy and indicates through blinking lights if there are any nearby fathers and babies ready to play. Legemåtten is the technological base and can be placed where there are possible meeting points for the fathers and babies. When a father arrives with his baby and Legelyset at such a place, Legemåtten logs them into the system and sends a signal to nearby fathers that there is someone waiting for a playful interaction. Designed in collaboration with Kirstine West Andersen, Hannibal Glaser and Nikolaj Mikkelsen.
Research The project is based on human-centered design research and was conducted in a close collaboration with the fathers from the playgroup Fars Legestue in Aarhus. Throughout the process we both involved the fathers and their kids to gain knowledge about their particular life situation and to test together different versions of prototypes. In addition we conducted field studies at places where fathers typically show up together with their kids, e.g. libraries, parks and other public spaces. Through the creation and analysis of cultural probes, we could an even more intimate look at the father’s lives.
Design process The insights we gathered in the research process led to the development of different scenarios and prototypes which were tested together with the fathers and their kids. On one hand we wanted to create a communication tool for the fathers to get in contact with other fathers on parental leave (having the Fars Legestue as the only meetup point in the city). On the other hand we wanted to make sure that the kid was part of the experience our product provided. As the buggy was the common ground when father and kid left the home we decided to design our product for this particular situation. The Legelyset then evolved to the anticipated shared interaction, where both father and kid where part of it.