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User experience in smart environments : design and prototyping

Uebbing, Tobias J. (2016) User experience in smart environments : design and prototyping.

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Abstract:In this work specifications for and descriptions of components for a toolkit that supports, what we call, functional Experience Prototyping (functional ExP) were defined in the course of this project. According to our definition, functional ExP aims on creating functional prototypes that mediate the UX of an intended final product. It does not aim for technical finesse, superb scala- bility or stability. The generation of the tool specifications required two inputs: The desired UX that the toolkit needs to able to generate and its potential impact on the common design and development process. Smart Environments have a broad application space and since UX is highly application-dependent the scope of this work was narrowed to a subdomain called Intelligent Living Environments (ILEs). General UX dimension were found based on the work of predecessors and an UX outline for ILEs including the user’s intention and context of use as well as system characteristics was established. Principles on the integration of user-centered agile design and development methods as well as lean and continuous development were gathered and merged. The resulting optimized method incorporates functional ExP and supports Contin- uous Interdisciplinary Prototyping (CIP). A prototyping environment that can be assembled of functional Experience - , Technical Prototypes and completely im- plemented components. This supports continuous development and provides an integrated testing environment for designers and engineers throughout the whole process. Based on the defined UX outline and optimized design and development method specifications for a functional ExP were derived. Sub- sequently these specifications were translated into actual toolkit components. As a final proof of concept some of these components were implemented and used to build use case prototypes. This final step proved that the specifications and component descriptions are a suitable foundation for the realization of a functional ExP toolkit for ILEs.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn, Germany
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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