Long story short

We consider our work is done for the first part of the project. After 5 weeks of brainstorming, sketching, thinking it again, modifying sketches and designing the ideas for the HCI project we will summarize the steps and motivate them here. Enjoy!

Our 3 ideas are designed based on the SoWi project proposal by our teacher, Dr. Sabin-Corneliu Buraga for the Mozilla Student Outreach Topics .

Sowi (Social Web Interaction) Imagine an innovative solution concerning the interaction with an actual social Web application (e.g., a social network platform like Facebook, a resource sharing Web system such as Delicious, Digg, Slideshare, Vimeo, etc.) by using new devices. For example, the users could employ Kinect or Wiimote devices and/or could use smartphones and tablets.

The first idea is Frenemies, a mobile social Web application for avoiding/meeting people at a certain event. You can also read more about this idea and take a look at the sketches (and another) or meet personas for this app. After having a clear idea about the user, we made some wireframes and then the mockups.  We have also some blog posts with the UX Design Patterns used for this idea and also the Storyboard and the Use Cases.

The second idea is QRPlaces,  an augmented reality tablet-based project combined with social networks. The user will get his current location through GPS and can search for a specific place or by categories (Cinema, Restaurants).You can take a look at the sketches or meet personas for this app. After having a clear idea about the user, we made some wireframes and then the mockups.  We have also some blog posts with theUX Design Patterns used for this idea and also the Storyboard and the Use Cases.

The third idea is SocialSpeed, a social Web application for suggesting chat topics for two persons that don’t know each other. You can also read more about this idea and take a look at the sketches (and another and another) or meet personas for this app. After having a clear idea about the user, we made some wireframes and then the mockups.  We have some blog posts with the UX Design Patterns used for this idea and also the Storyboard and the Use Cases.

We have also started a poll with our 3 ideas and asked some students to vote their favorite one. First place is for SocialSpeed and 2nd place and the 3rd one are equaly splitted by Frenemies and QRPlaces.

For further implementation we choosed the SocialSpeed idea for the user to be emerged in a new experience directed as a social game and to ecourage social human interaction with use of mobile devices as tools of engagement.

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