Metronaut is an app by Antescofo, a french startup out of Ircam, the largest laboratory dedicated to Music and Technology in Paris, France. They wanted our help to discover opportunities of how they could best use the AI technology they had developed, in a mobile application. When we started they already had a working prototype that we used for user testing.
The goal with the project was to 1) Find applications for their technology in a mobile application, 2) research and find the target user, and other stakeholders, 3) design a suggestion for an app based on our insights.
I worked with two other designers on this project. We started the process with interviewing musicians that could be in the target market. We then developed a couple personas, and created user journey maps where we analysed the process of learning to play a new piece of music, and to learn to play a new instrument as a whole.
We did brainstorming session with and without the Antescofo team, where we generated a number of ideas. The ideas that resonated best was 1) A social platform for music students and teachers, where the teachers can see stats, assign lessons etc, 2) A musicians performance dashboard where the musician can get realtime feedback and log their performance (e.g. pitch and timing accuracy), and 3) a live accompaniment and recording tool.
The latter idea resonated best, and the result was an app that acts as your personal orchestra. The AI-orchestra follows you as you practise your instrument, at your own ease and tempo. We created wireframes, tested on users and finally created a suggestion for a logo and visual design. The product is currently in beta.