Homework 0: Pick a Device
Due: By midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013; conflicts resolved in class on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
All of the assignments in this course will be individual. Most of them will involve creating a simulated user interface for a complex device. Each student will pick a different device. However, for a multi-function device, multiple people can pick the same device as long as they pick different functions on that device (for example, someone can do basic setup of a DVD and someone else can do setting of timed recordings on a DVD-R). You will use the device you select for the entire course, so choose wisely. You will need to pick a device with some complexity; that is, with some tasks that are difficult to do.
I have put everyone who is registered in random order in a GoogleDoc spreadsheet. Everyone should enter three or more choices, and the make sure that the people above you didn't pick what you selected. We will try to give everyone their choices, but everyone must have unique device.
Below are some examples that might be selected, but feel free to make up your own, with permission of the instructor.
Note that if you want to use a product, system or website of your company, that is fine, but it has to be public (that is, not secret), so that others can see the current design, and your prototype for a redesign.
Note: for Homework 1, you will have to test a user on a real version of the device, so you should select something you own or have access to.
Before class on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, each student will pick a device. Here are some ideas:
- Any desktop or web interface that has at least 30 controls, not counting web links. For web pages, it should have at least 10 pages (including product description pages). For desktop applications, it should have at least 5 different screens or dialog boxes.
- Desk phone with speed dial
- Answering machine with selective playing, deleting of recorded calls
- Copy machine with 2-sided copying
- Cell phone for placing calls using an address book
- Cell phone for doing SMS using an address book
- Cell phone address book management (add, remove, update addresses)
- VCR or DVD/R: basic setup (which channels, clock, input source, record speed, etc.)
- VCR or DVD/R: setting timed recordings (record in the future)
- Cable TV or DishNetwork configuration and control interfaces
- Data Projector configuration user interface (pick source, brightness, keystoning, etc.)
- Conventional television with contrast, brightness, channels, input sources
- High definition television with various wide-screen modes
- Digital camera including taking pictures, specifying different resolutions, turning on and off the flash, etc.
- Digital Picture Frame
- Digital Watch
- Microwave with cooking, defrost, set current time, timed cooking, etc.
- Wall Oven, with bake, broil, self-clean, timer for timed cooking, etc.
- Washing machine, with parameters for water temperature, different cycles, etc.
- Dryer with parameters for different cycles, heat, cool down, etc.
- Programmable Coffee maker
- Digital refrigerator (?)
- Robotic vacuum cleaner (speed, obstacle avoidance)
- Conventional vacuum with digital controls
- Digital video recorder (schedule recordings) (e.g., TIVO)
- Digital music player (e.g., iPod)
- Digital FM radio with presets
- Universal remote control (programmable)
- PC Music player with play-lists (e.g., Windows Media Player)
- Augmented calculator (e.g., ability to see past computations, etc.)
- Complex Alarm clock (set time, set alarm, multiple alarms, snooze)
- Audiobook player (select book, navigate chapters)
- Programmable Massage chair
- Programmable light (brightness, weekly on/off schedule)
- Programming lawn watering system, with timers and sensors
- Voice recorder (play, delete, record, rewind)
- Printer configuration (orientation, sides, color, scale)
- Multi-function printer (print/fax/copy)
- Wireless network chooser (select, security settings, on/off)
- Movie schedule mobile web application (by movie, by location)
- Stand-alone air purifier
- Home heating and air conditioning (HVAC) controls (programmable)
- Automobile heating and air conditioning (HVAC) controls
- Automobile HD Radio
- Stand-alone HD Radio
- Automobile Satellite radio
- Stand-alone Satellite radio
- Automobile navigation system
- Hand-held navigation system
- Any digital medical device
- Airport Ticket kiosk
- Play/Movie Ticket kiosk
- Photo printing kiosks
- CMU Printing kiosks
- Vending machine for movies (like outside the Giant Eagle in Squirrel Hill)
- Self checkout system for supermarket (like at Giant Eagle)
- IM interface (gtalk, yahoo messenger)
- CMU printing kiosk
- Programmable exercise equipment
- PA lottery touch screen machine
- Wireless Network Router setup (set up security, etc.)
- Any complicated electronics from Brookstone