UX Prototyper & Researcher
09/2018 – 12/2018
Augmented Reality Glasses
This project, Life As a Gym (LG) was the final for a Ubiquitous Technology & Design at the University of Michigan. The premise of the course was to uncover a problem that ubiquitous technology can help make better.
My team and I focused on using ubiquitous highlighting healthy choices that students can take throughout their every day by utilizing augmented reality (AR) glasses.
My responsibilities revolved around creating low-fidelity prototypes, leading the research methodologies, and maintaining the architecture of the designs of the augmented reality experience.
During our preliminary research, we knew we wanted to focus on helping students at the University of Michigan live healthier lives. When we surveyed a random sample of students we learned that 40-50% of all college students do not get the recommended amount of physical activity. Although surprising, we had hoped that by creating healthy habits through light reminders, we’d be able to instill a lasting positive impact on students.
We began by focusing on an initial set of questions that had to be answered. Then we prioritized the best research methodologies to answer those questions.
Ultimately we narrowed it down to the augmented reality glasses concept because the biggest factor for our target users was time management and the other concepts came short in that area.
The augmented reality glasses focused on 6 unique functionalities that provided the best user experience.
Furthermore, in our early testing, we had quickly learned that a lot of our participants interacted with our prototype using their voice which we didn’t anticipate. Due to time limitations, we were not able to implement it in the prototype.
Our ambition to scan the environment and provide contextual suggestions and new exercise opportunities weren’t achieved in our prototype.
The computer vision and machine learning requirement in a small form factor isn’t realistic right now.
Perhaps in the future, such design could come to fruition.