UCD – Interactive Media

July 26, 2010 at 10:32 am (user centered design)


Panasonic Iris Reader – a device that gives accurate, faster, non-contact entry/exit control

This is good for those security tight places. Even though there is no physically interaction but it can gives an emotional interaction with it.



Interactive Bed of the Future – This will be in the hotel or resort places. The bed  would automatically know your favorite music, your travel schedule and your television preferences.

I think this is interesting if you travel overseas and stay in the hotel. But I would prefer to see something new in music and television preferences when I’m overseas.



Comfort Sphere – This is used especially during exhibition and trade fairs. It gives a space for individual experiences, for taking in information and for entertainment.

I love to sit on it when I got the chance. Even though it is anti-social, I really enjoy sitting in that chair and feel the “world” around me.

Virtual Piano – You can play keyboard at any surface.

As someone who plays the keyboard, I will find it that it is easy to carry it around as the instruments is very heavy. I can use it anywhere that I want and practice my songs even when I’m outside.


I realise that future interactive media also helps to be convenient, efficient and provides faster speed service. But I hope that this does not cause us to be even more impatient in the future.


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UCD – Interactive Media

July 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm (user centered design)


Interactive Scape – The table allows you to move graphic objects over the table screen with your hands and it can transfer data to and from cell phones via Bluetooth by placing your phone on the edges of the table which integrate Bluetooth compatible hardware.

I find that this is cool if you want to show a group of people some of the graphics or video from the phone and you can transfer it to your friends. You don’t have to look at the files from a small screen.



Canova Dual Screen Laptop – It is a two screens laptop. A multi sensitive touch screen that can handle your daily computing tasks and you can read articles on the laptop like reading newspaper.

An interesting design that is different from when reading from a normal laptop. It is something refreshing. This design is also like having two ipad put together.

Vaio Zoom – features a holographic glass screen that goes transparent and a keyboard that turns opaque when turned off.

It does not have any useful interaction but if it is sold in Singapore, I would want to have it as the design makes me feel that using laptop is fun.

Compenion concept laptop – A sliding screen laptop

I like this concept as the screen and the keyboard is all flat down on the table. It is useful if you are using laptop to teach people or if you are doing group works.



Stylist Mp3 Player with  an accessory earpiece.  There is a little loop earring that goes into the ear as headphones.

I believe that more females would like to use it as part of their fashion.



XO laptop – it is used in the most remote, poor and rural communities with the lowest power and cost in the industry. It is a child-centric laptop that is in low-cost, low-power computing.

I believe that everyone will have a feel of using laptop in the future.

Kindle DX – wireless reading device that allows customers to download books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper. Students can review class lessons, parents can see what children have studied in class, and businesses can review presentations and brainstorming sessions on their Kindle. It is not only convenient, it is also a paperless, environmentally friendly alternative to taking conventional notes.

I really like this concept that makes something boring interesting. It is also efficient as it does not involve one person usage but it affects people around them.


I realised that future interactive media involves lots of touch screen and also sensitivity in the media. It also design it to become more fashionable.

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UCD Assignment 2 Part1 – Personas

July 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm (user centered design)

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UCD Assignment 2 Part1 – Task Analysis

July 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm (user centered design)

Yi You – Observe when my mum came back home during 1.30pm and observe her for 20min.

  1. Putting the items that she has with her down
  2. Go to individual rooms to check on each of the family members (siblings)
  3. Tell them that she has bought lunch
  4. Prepare and set up the lunch
  5. Go to the rooms again to tell us to come out
  6. Switch on TV and radio at the same time
  7. Sit on the floor carpet to watch or listen to whatever interests her.

Conclusion from task analysis with my group member after looking through each of our own task:

– They will tend to do things which they are attached emotionally to first. (E.g. Feed fishes, Concern about well-being of children)

– They will do their own things first then take initiative to talk to children.

– Some do not initiative conversation.

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UCD Assignment 2 Part1 – Survey Questions

July 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm (user centered design)

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UCD Assignment 2 Part1 – Discussion

July 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm (user centered design)

Group Member : Meiyi, MeiFoong, WoonChee, Huiwen

Objectives: Encourage breadwinners to spend more time with their children.

We find that children spend lesser time with breadwinner and we want to start bringing them closer first. One of the problem would be the lack of understanding between them.

Target Audience: Children aged 13-21 and Parents

The reason for the target audience is due to the fact that it is the age range whereby children will start to develop their individuality, together with the fact that they wanted to make choices on their own.

The reason for the age range is to address the fact that, if to go without attention, it will further develop into a problem.  It also shows contrast as pertaining to how as age increases, impact caused also increases.

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UCD Assignment 2 part1 – Research on Generation gap

July 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm (user centered design)

Gen. Gap, common problems faced

–        25 years old student: “I don’t care for the traditions and won’t be visiting my relatives. I only see them once a year during Chinese New Year — where’s the connection there?”,

“It’s a drag to visit people whom I hardly see in the year. I’d rather spend time with people I’m closer to. Some youngsters are just going visiting to receive the ‘ang pao’,”

(heck-care attitude, prefer to be with friends[“thinkers” of their same age])

–        no respect to the traditions and family

–        blame one another for not understanding their thoughts

–        parents lose influence on their teens and teens value peer opinions above parents influence

–        Married children put less effort and time into the extended family, citing reasons such as being too busy with work, family and children. Yet they are able to spend both time and money on holidays, expensive clothes, restaurants, parties and COEs.

–        pass the responsibility of caring for their parents to their other sibling.

–        deserted and abandoned their parents and will not visit them even in the hospital

–        Misconception toward elderly (eg. Elderly parents are narrow-minded and conservative. They tend to be out of touch with reality and are often biased in their treatment of family members. The parents don’t “understand” them)

–        Do not want to get close with their parents because of the parental authoritative and dictatorial towards their grown-up children, imposing obsolete standards and practices on them or treat them like kids, dominating their choice of career, mate, friends and even clothing)

Is it only restricted to grandparents/parents?

–        It does not only restricted to grandparents or parents. It can fall between their siblings and age gap between the people


Technology? Is it causing problems?

–        Generation gap occurs when a person does not open up and share their life with one another.

–        Not a good idea to force the youngster to communicate with the higher-ups if the senior folks wish to relay their tradition to the next generation, they have to do it by means of influence rather than forceful imposition, with particular caution not to use political power.

What are content of communication?

–        Interaction and communication of the children’s life when they are outside, interest, sharing their thoughts/different point of view

–        Youths themselves, should show the required filial respect to their parents, be understanding and respect some decisions that their parents make for them. Parents should show an attitude of respect and faith in the child. The control they exercise over their child should be done with understanding and sympathy. With this mutual trust in each other, the youth will see themselves the way their parents see them.

–        make an effort to settle their differences and try to accommodate each other’s needs.

–        need to be more patient and understanding with their elderly parents.

–        Adjust with one another

–        understanding the way members of each generation thinks, learns and relates to others.

–        Being aware of generational differences can help you anticipate miscommunications and tailor your message for maximum effect

–        Parents can learn how to use social network to connect with their children

Similarities and Differences in thinkings?

–        Different past experience, think that the younger generation also experience the similar past experience as them

–        Difference in attitude, motivation and behavior between the old and the young tend to cause conflict in the family, community and at work.

–        different thinking about things – from clothes and music preference, to values and beliefs.

–        Not every member of a particular generation will share everything in common with other members of that generation. However, the vast majority of a generation’s members will possess many of the generation’s overall traits, characteristics, and values, similar viewpoints, outlooks, communication styles, work habits, and expectations.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKARM03994420080130 – Generation gap during Chinese New Year

http://thesingaporesling.blogspot.com/2010/05/generation-gap.html – blog from a mother towards her children

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20100604-220172.html – news on bridging generation gap

http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=803&Itemid=344 – knowledge gap

http://www.exampleessays.com/viewpaper/53376.html – problems faced by youth

http://seniors.gov.sg/Grandparenting/The+Generation+Gap+Is+it+getting+wider.htm – generation gap between the young and old

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Generation+gap+communication+gap%3A+dealing+with+workplace+challenges%3A…-a0112903474 – better communication in work

http://www.usatoday.com/money/jobcenter/workplace/communication/2002-11-15-communication-gap_x.htm – generations face new communication gaps, how to interact with different generation in work

http://www.asaecenter.org/PublicationsResources/articledetail.cfm?ItemNumber=13100 – understanding the generation

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HMV survey questions

May 18, 2010 at 10:12 am (user centered design)

1) How often do you visit HMV?

  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Annually

2) What time of the day do you often visit?

  • Morning
  • Afternoon
  • Evening
  • Night

3) How long do you shop in the store?

  • < 15min
  • > an hour
  • _______________

4) What is the first thing you do when you enter into HMV?

5) What do you do in the store? (e.g Sampling and browsing)

6) Do you buy anything? [What do you buy? (elaborate based on his/her questions)]

7) How much do you spend on an average in the HMV?

  • <$20
  • $20 – $50
  • $50 – $100
  • >$100

8) How do you find about the prices of the products?

9) How long do you spend to find what you want?

  • < 1min
  • 1 – 5min
  • 5 – 10min
  • > 10min
  • _______________


10) What do you do if you can’t find what you want?

11) Are there any difficulties or problems faced during your visit? (What is it? Eg. Certain albums you can’t listen)

12) How would you rate the following categories? (1-Bad, 5-Excellent)

a) Ambience: 1 2 3 4 5

Suggestion for improvements:

b) Arrangement of the products: 1 2 3 4 5

Suggestion for improvements:

c) Customer Service: 1 2 3 4 5

Suggestion for improvements:

d) Choice of music played: 1 2 3 4 5

Suggestion for improvements:

13) Have you visited other music stores? If yes, can you list them?

a) Is there anything unique about those stores? What is it?

Your Particulars:


Age: 11-16 / 17-21/ 22-30 / 30 – 40 / >40

Gender: M/F

Marital Status: Married/Single


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Refine Personas

May 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm (user centered design)

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First attempt of Personas

May 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm (user centered design)

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