The user I observed is a 25 yr. old, male, Ph.D candidate in the field of Linguistics. He attended Western Washington University, receiving a B.A. in English and continued to Binghamton University in New York where he earned a Masters in Creative Writing.
I observed the user in three different circumstances, all via recorded video from his iPad; first, as a student in his Phonology and Phonetics class; second, during a break and short preparation period for a Composing Research class he is teaching; finally, for the first 10 minutes of his Composing Research class he is teaching.
During my observation I noted several behaviors, annoyances and frustrations from the user.
- user had to break concentration to take notes
- several times the user strained to see the blackboard
- a chatty office mate prevented the user from properly preparing for his class
- the user struggled to find his keys while hands were full
- power cables were retrieved, plugged in, and tripped over multiple times
- syncing notes between devices consisted of email the document to himself
- user had to retrieve an RFID card from his wallet to gain access to building
Candidate applications I came up with included:
- wearable availability LED indicator for back of neck. online/do-not-disturb/busy states
- touch to cycle through states: green (available), red (DND), yellow (busy)
- an automatic note taking application for your phone
- transcribes voice to text
- leverages open source auto summary library
- auto tags sections of notes with timestamps in original audio
- phone case that has compartment for a single, commonly access key
- potentially 3D printable!
- pouch sewn into a laptop case or jacket that held a single, universal power cable
- a camera application that would automatically send the photo to any number of connected accounts: email, Evernote, Facebook, Blackboard, etc.
- phone case that has compartment for single RFID card