BopOns mission is to offer a proactive approach to tackling loneliness in the digital age, by providing a product that helps users to create and maintain deep connections between them and their loved ones when frequent, face to face contact is not permitted.

BopOn is comprised of the Alexa enabled smart speaker and accompanying app. The speaker is a hexagonal shape and uses motion control for its operation. Each of the devices six sides represents a different voice channel that users set up with their loved ones where they can talk to each other whenever they feel like some company. Users can move between these voice channels by simply roll the speaker onto its side and pressing the centre button to enter or exit a channel. The speaker uses coloured light to denote different channels. Once in a channel, all the lights will turn to the colour of the channel a user is in.

The BopOn speaker also lets users know if someone is in a channel ahead of them by displaying a brighter light on...
BopOns mission is to offer a proactive approach to tackling loneliness in the digital age, by providing a product that helps users to create and maintain deep connections between them and their loved ones when frequent, face to face contact is not permitted.

BopOn is comprised of the Alexa enabled smart speaker and accompanying app. The speaker is a hexagonal shape and uses motion control for its operation. Each of the devices six sides represents a different voice channel that users set up with their loved ones where they can talk to each other whenever they feel like some company. Users can move between these voice channels by simply roll the speaker onto its side and pressing the centre button to enter or exit a channel. The speaker uses coloured light to denote different channels. Once in a channel, all the lights will turn to the colour of the channel a user is in.

The BopOn speaker also lets users know if someone is in a channel ahead of them by displaying a brighter light on channels with active participants. This gives confidence back to the user by knowing their friends and family are present, want to talk to them, and builds a sense of closeness through regular vocal interaction. Lastly, when the speaker is not being used for voice calls it can be used as a traditional Alexa smart speaker.

The accompanying app is used to set up and manage the channels on the speaker i.e. channels that have been assigned a colour on the speaker, "primary channels" and those that have not been added to the speaker that can only be accessed through the app, "mobile channels". The app can be used to access all channels while users are on the move and provides more detailed information relating to channels eg. information about what friends specifically are active in different channels.

BopOn’s unique value proposition is that it takes the guesswork, awkwardness and anxiety out of organizing calls that are problems especially prevalent in young adults. It also provides a space where loved ones can enjoy each others company that is removed from the hodgepodge of stimuli we are faced with when staring at screens, or when meeting face to face is not possible. These barriers can be enough for someone to decide consciously or subconsciously to not reach out to anyone at all, which can perpetuate feelings of loneliness and isolation.
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Grace Hyland Martin
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Grace Hyland Martin CEO A Product Designer with a passion for people

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Grace is a very hard working and driven person who I have known for over 4 years as her employer where she has worked part time whilst in college and on her vacations. The business is a very fast moving 3PL logistics operation for customers selling products using e-commerce.

Grace has worked in every part of the business, she is highly adaptable, reliable, proficient and trustworthy. She is a natural leader, has been involved in training colleagues and operating as team lead. We would hire her for a full time role and provide career options to her if she were ever to consider staying with us but I don't think she would be interested.

Grace has impressed me on a number of levels during this time and has sought direction on a couple of matters where she wanted a second opinion. She used her experience of working in our business to do an assignment for college to conceive and design a piece of equipment to assist with loading and unloading goods from vehicles in awkward locations.