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Developing a graphical user interface for a universal drone docking system to aid inspection use-cases

Dekker, Dick (2022) Developing a graphical user interface for a universal drone docking system to aid inspection use-cases.

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Abstract:Drones are becoming a more widespread technology, however they lack in scalability[2]. For this reason Nest-Fly technologies is developing a Universal Drone Docking System [8]. To make the technology available to the masses, a Graphical User Interface (GUI) has to be designed, accompanied by a demo to showcase the technology. This research aims to find an answer in the context of inspection use-cases, how to develop a GUI for a universal drone docking system, and what user requirements and interaction elements are needed to make the GUI successful. To answer these questions, background research was conducted showing 4 design rules: 1. Place the user in control 2. Reduce the user’s memory load 3. Make the interface consistent 4. Provide effective help [9]-[10]. Together with a design process defined as 1. Specify the context of use 2. Specify user requirements 3. Develop the GUI 4. Evaluate the GUI[], using two iterations [13][15]-[17]. In addition, the background research showed the state of the art drone and general interfaces used for reference and inspiration. Using this knowledge an ideation was performed were different brainstorms and interviews were conducted resulting in a first set of requirements and a final concept. This concept was further refined in the specification chapter with usage scenarios , an interaction diagram, a flow-map and usability testing, resulting in an updated requirement list and concept for realisation. In the realisation the findings were used to develop three iterations of the interface using Figma. The interface was evaluated between every iterations resulting in two usability tests and one expert giving new requirements for the new iterations. This showed that the overall usability did not necessarily improve, however, the overall usability was sufficient and resulting in the development of a successful GUI for a Universal Drone Docking System. Next to that a working demo was constructed which could show the technology in action.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Nest-Fly Technologies, Enschede, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
Awards:Creative Technology Graduation Award Winner 2022
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