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Research Prototypes: Testers wanted!

Testers wanted for my research… can you help?


Hey folks – I’m nearly complete a part of research in forgetfulness, looking at smart devices to reduce anxiety when we forget. There is now another study I am working on and would love to have a few testers that don’t mind using a few different devices (message bags etc) and giving regular feedback. It involves using a device for a 2 week period (as much or as little as you like) and then feeding back with a short questionnaire online.

If you are interested please visit the micro site with more information and a short questionnaire to check eligibility.

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Black 1950s Vintage, 5 LED bag…

This new handbag was created to be used in a single-user study that will be taking place over the month. It has been modified based on feedback from previous user testing and focus groups that I have run over the course of the PhD so far. Included in this bag is a 5 LED configuration – which in this case it was decided to keep it all visible. Continue reading Black 1950s Vintage, 5 LED bag…

Motivations for My Research

The motivation for this research is to investigate the design and use of ubiquitous technology and to consider the feasibility and practicality of carrying and using a smart device in the form of ‘message bag’, in order to reduce stress levels associated with forgetfulness. This leading on to determine the suitability of the bag with embedded technology for use in our everyday lives.

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Some Definitions Within My Field of Study

Smart Device, Physical Computing, Ubiquitous Technology, Wearable Computing

Smart Device
Essentially we can term something as a smart device if it is a mobile / cordless solution (for easy transportation / use) which may potentially be connected to the Internet, or GPS or similar, or have voice / video capabilities. Continue reading Some Definitions Within My Field of Study

Wearables : Initial Questionnaire : Specification

This write up follows an initial few months of research into wearables / an initial questionnaire to establish if people did in fact feel badly when forgetting items, as well as a general specification for a few parameters.

To meet Weisers’ concept of disappearing computing and technologies requires that users are willing to accept the use of that technology into their everyday lives.

Wearable Computing Many challenges await wearable designers as they balance innovative interfaces, power requirements, network resources and Privacy concerns. (Thad Starner, The challenges of wearable computing.) Continue reading Wearables : Initial Questionnaire : Specification

Message Bag Prototype 1.1

This prototype (Message Bag 1.1) builds on the initial message bag, and has the basic features of it enhanced. It serves as an initial testing prototype to work through initial flaws and design decisions as well as features and how they would work, or what purpose they would serve. The initial message bag that was created has had the components removed and they are built from the ground up, being modified or altered to better and more accurately serve the needs of this prototype.

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