Letterform Composition Assignment

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Final audio and video transcripts

Spike is working as the manager at the RAC when a desk employee informs him that one of the treadmills has been reported broken. Spike examines the broken down treadmill    and discovers that there is a broken part that controls the treadmills movement. Spike heads upstairs to the Gym Genie where he uses the interactive touch screen to search the database for blueprints to the specific treadmill make and model. He selects the exact missing part and it is printed in seconds. He heads down to the treadmill and fixes it, solving the issue and having the treadmill working within minutes of it first being reported to him.

Jerome is a grad student at UMBC and  likes to workout in the weight room at the RAC. It’s usually very crowded and with his muscles he needs to lift very heavy amounts for his workout. However there aren’t enough weights around to equal what he needs, leaving him a few hundred pounds short.  So h e heads upstairs to the Gym Genie and selects the weights section from the interactive interface and prints out the few hundred pound weights he needs. He takes them back into the weight room where he does his full workout.

Storyboard(S)

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Comments from people: They suggested that Josh’s role wasn’t clear, I should make it more clear that he is asupervisor of some sort. They also suggested I should make it more clear if it is a student or a worker or an employye, basically who was reporting to Josh that the treadmill was not working. They liked how I used smoke coming out of the treadmill to show it was broken. They also suggested I could skip the first and fourth panels and just start with someone telling josh that the treadmill isn’t working.

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PHOTO STORY BOARD

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1. Brian, the manager on duty is informed by one of his staffers that a RAC user has reported a broken treadmill. 2. Brian checks the treadmill and sees that is indeed broken and needs a new part. 3. Brian goes to the 3D printer and surfs the interface to find the blueprint for the broken part, and then prints it. 4. Brian uses the new part to fix the treadmill and get it working again.

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1.Jerome is a grad student at UMBC and  likes to workout in the weight room at the RAC. It’s usually very crowded 2.and with his muscles he needs to lift very heavy amounts for his workout. 3.However there aren’t enough weights around to equal what he needs, leaving him a few hundred pounds short.  4.So he heads upstairs to the Gym Genie and selects the weights section from the interactive interface and prints out the few hundred pound weights he needs. 5.He takes them back into the weight room 6. where he does his full workout.

Reading: Representing users in accessibility research

This was a good reading in that it brought up issues I had never really given much thought to. It starts off by explaining how difficult it is to even get a group of disabled individuals to participate in studies, whether it be from lack of organization or simply there not being truly representative number of users. However, the authors explain that remote testing could be a solution in the future. They also describe the importance of a control group, especially in situations where there is a limited area of participants. The authors give the example of older adults-centered studies, but state how participants were often younger adults, the authors suggest that “Lack of a control group makes these assertions about the influence of age problematic.” The final interesting thing was how the authors explicitly state how HCI participant selection is usually based on the task and are selective based on the age, internet use and the like. I have heard this before, but I like how the authors just come right out and say it.

Reading: Participatory design of an orientation aid for amnesics

This reading was interesting. I see how it relates to what we have been doing in class because of the use and mention of storyboards in the article. Storyboards are used as a physical artifact that  helps act as a memory trigger for amnesics and is pointed out to them in discussions when needed. Another thing this reading pointed out that I never realized was the participatory design can be used by most populations, even those with special needs. I never really took the time to think of it that way, but it does make sense since it does “Advocate[s] respect for all collaborators.” The final thing that the reading taught me was the importance of using redundancy when speaking with people with memory issues, it seems so obvious, but yet so important.

Idea Generation

Brainstorming Techniques: I used improv (yes, and technique), meditation and bootlegging techniques in my brainstorming session. I first used the the improv technique and actually found the youtube video we actually watched in class and showed it to my participants. I explained to them what a 3D printer was and told them that there were no limitations and it would be placed in the RAC. I guided them with questions (What would it do? What would it be called? What would it’s main uses be?) and just let them go. An advantage of this was that it spawned some great and plausible ideas, a disadvantage was that the participants were hesitant at times out of fear of sounding silly. For meditation, we all sat in a quiet room and just sat in silence for a few minutes with our eyes closed and then just started naming aspects of the printer (which in the improv it was decided it would be called the “Sports God”). An advantage is that the deep thought allowed for a quiet space without distractions and each person came up with some very interesting ideas. The disadvantage is that since no one was talking aloud during the process some of the same ideas came up. The bootlegging aspect was fun, we had a few turns and came up with some great ideas. An advantage of this is that everyone got a part of everyone elses idea, so the ideas were a group project. A disadvantage is that describing how to do this confused the participants a bit.

Reflection: I really thought the process was interesting and very useful. I thought the improv was the easiest, most fun and most useful of all the techniques. The most ideas were spawned from it as well, and it was were the best ideas came from as well. As mentioned above, the bootlegging was the toughest because the participants had trouble understanding how exactly to complete the task. Next time I should probably show examples of how to do a bootlegging assignment to make it easier for the participants.

Ideas: 

Improv: (yes, and…)

  1. Print out courts and fields

  2. what if it could paint lines too

  3. replace broken bats and equipment

  4. what if it could keep score

  5. it would replace rac jobs

  6. more people would be needed to understand operation of machine

  7. Name is “Sports God”

  8. can make rooftop courts and fields to consolidate space on campus

  9. could fix all machines that are broken

  10. could print out new and better machines

  11. It could print out weights

  12. could create equipment thats not availible now (gymnastics, more wrestling matts”

  13. You could go on any website (Amazon, Dicks, eBay) and it could print right from there

  14. A catalogue of different parts of all RAC machines is available on Sports God (a list if you will) and you click (touch screen) and specify every single aspect of part you need.

 

Meditation:

  1. It should have internet access so your machine can just buy blueprint online from companies who make RAC machines

  2. Suggestion box for students so UMBC can gauge what new equipment students may want.

  3. The Sports God is one computer, but multiple printing ports, so more than one thing can be printed at once.

  4. Printing ports should be available at every Athletics facility, ensuring things could be fixed quickly

  5. The ability to design own blueprint for athletes (baseball bat designed specifically for players)

  6. Allows for any logo, color and design to be placed on any piece of equipment as well

  7. Would have different inputs for different materials (wood, wire, aluminum, metal)

  8. Record inventory

  9. Record cardio information and print out workout results

  10. Print out bleachers for events

  11. Print out cups and beverages

  12. Concession stand setting, literally printing snacks and utensils.

 

Bootlegging:

  1. Print out smaller equipment to make it more portable

  2. print out equipment that can be taken outside (water/weatherproof)

  3. print out a literal track with lines so more people have a place to run

  4. can print out tablets that are specialized to allow people to do homework while working out

  5. can print out basketballs and footballs

  6. can print out towels for people who sweat while working out

  7. can be used to print out bathing suits for people who want to swim, but forgot bathing suits

  8. if someone wants to play basketball but only has running shoes, it can print new shoes

  9. print more basketball hoops if the building is overcrowded

  10. can be used to print out additional lockers if too many are taken


Evaluation:

To narrow it down I looked back at my data and what most users said they wanted the most. I also thought about what would be the most useful and would fill the greatest needs of the RAC. Out of all the ideas I thought these were the most specific to what my original idea for the machine would be and most of the ideas were just spawned off of these three thoughts.

Initial user reaction:

I evealuated these ideas with two of my closest friends who are frequent users of the RAC, I thought their ideas would be good because they really want improvement to the RAC and are always asking about how to fix the problems the facility has. They also actually volunteered to do this once I explained what the project was and they thought the improv and meditation would be really cool. I really liked the name one of my friends gave, the Sports God, I would’ve used it, but in this day and age you don’t know what will offend people and what won’t. The three ideas I decided to use were 1. A catalogue of different parts of all RAC machines is available on Sports God (a list if you will) and you click (touch screen) and specify every single aspect of part you need. 2. It should have internet access so your machine can just buy blueprint online from companies who make RAC machines. 3.Concession stand setting, literally printing snacks and utensils.