Isla is a chatbot for smart displays and an app. It provides required information to start one’s day, such as weather and agenda. More importantly, it shows the latest news in a story-like format while boosting critical thinking.

It aims to lessen the echo chamber effect, where people only consume media reinforcing their existing beliefs. By enhancing people’s critical thinking daily, it seeks to encourage the forming of informed views and introduce criticality to people’s judgement.

Features

Suggested Questions

Asking questions is a vital part of critical thinking. Therefore, based on the current piece of news, a list of suggested questions is displayed on the screen. The user can use voice or tap the questions to get the answer.

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Argument

Understanding different viewpoints is also crucial to critical thinking. A part of the news section is where people of different views debate each other, encouraging the user to explore different opinions.

argument

Polls

Exploring different options ahead is a part of critical thinking. In some of the news entries, there is a poll where the users can vote for the various possibilities about the current news entry. At the evening, the app notifies the user to see the result of the poll. This feature not only encourages the user to explore options but also helps them to gauge the overall opinion of society.

Story Timeline

Gathering information about the news’ background is essential to understanding it. At the beginning of most news entries, the user can choose to see a timeline of preceding events and save articles in the drawer to read later.

Drawer

The links saved from the story timeline is available here after the briefing. The poll results are also kept here in the evening.

Poll results and saved links.
Poll results and saved links.

Daily User Journey

Isla can be used every day on smart displays or as a mobile phone app.

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Gallery

Annual show booth.
Annual show booth.
On smart displays, users are reminded to vote for their options in the app.
On smart displays, users are reminded to vote for their options in the app.
Voice recognition was implemented in the prototype (top left). Users say "good morning" to invoke Isla on smart displays.
Voice recognition was implemented in the prototype (top left). Users say "good morning" to invoke Isla on smart displays.