Final 3 ideas

Our final 3 ideas are:

1. Frenemies – Social Web application for avoiding/meeting peoples at a certain event

2. QRPlaces – Augumented Reality project combined with social networks – The user will get his current location through GPS and can search for a specific place or by categories (Hotels, Shops etc.)

3. Social Speed – Social Web application for suggesting talking subjects for two persons that don’t know each other.

We have mentioned before 2 of the 3 ideas so we will post here the sketches for CRPlaces project. We will come back with some user-friendly new sketches but until then we will have some exams @Faculty of Computer Science.

QRPlaces

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Social Speed – final idea for HCI project

Because we want a larger range of users, our Frenemies app will remain one of the 3 ideas that we will sketch for the first evaluation of the HCI project. We will implement the new baby-project: Social Speed.

Social Speed’s purpose is to facilitate social interaction between persons that don’t know each other. Let’s imagine a place with 20 people willing to socialize with others. They can set up their gender interests and, based on the social networks accounts, users are connected with someone and they can have a quick social conversation based on a subject suggested by the app. When the talking time elapses, they are asked if they enjoyed the company. By shaking the phone up-down they can answer Yes and by shaking the phone left-right they can answer No. They can continue with another social round an meanwhile can contact the discussion partner via social networks.

Here are some preliminary sketches:

All the team sketches can also be found in our Picasa Album.

We will come back with some user-friendly sketches but we showed the first drawings as well because we want to share every progress.

We are officialy changing our description from  “4 Computer Science students working on solving some chalenges in web page manipulation and online media control through tablet multigestures.” into”‘4 Computer Science students working on solving some chalenges in Web app interactions via smartphones and tablets.”  And also from “Using tablet’s multigesture feature @ Mozilla Student Outreach 2011” into “Using smartphones to interact with Web apps @ Mozilla Student Outreach 2011”

Personas

Personas define classes of users. We will describe above the user of our 3 applications and what they wish to accomplish with the app. We can sketch  the design of our applications after we know who will be the end user.

Frenemies

Teenager Coworker Private Investigator
Name George Popescu Dan Abunei Mr. X
Age 16 24 35
Location Iasi, Romania Munchen, Germany Bucharest, Romania
Social Life George lives with his parents in an appartment, he goes out every week-end with his friends and also, spends about 2h every day at the mall Dan lives with his girlfriend in a flat in Germany Mr. X lives alone, has no social life, because he is too busy with work.
Work Life He doesn’t work, he goes to school and studies He works as a Software Engineer at BMW He is employed by different people, who want to find out what other people are hiding
Goals Meet with his friends, gossip, meet girls, go to parties, go shopping Work at a minimum, avoid the boss, Keeps track of the people he follows, wants to meet with his few friends

QRPlaces

Tourist Events planner
Secretary (planning for her boss)
Name Serban C. Raluca S. Sorina  J.
Age 28 25 35
Location Iasi, Romania Cluj, Romania Craiova, Romania
Social Life Serban is a very active person. He likes to go outside Iasi and visit at least one new place every week. His passion for new things has surrounded him with two best friends with whom he spends all of his free time. Raluca likes to go out with her girlfriends, party each Saturday night. She believes that when you are  young you have to enjoy life as much as you can. She likes to spend her free time with her husband and her two kids.
Work Life He works at a bank. He does the same thing every day: he orders title deeds. She works as an event planner. She works as a secretary.
Goals To meet new persons, discover new places, do anything that could take him outside of the daily routine. organize the best parties in the most spectacular places. Make her boss’s life as easy as possible and just do her best at work.

SocialSpeed

 

Student ( freshman year)

Tourist  

Single man/woman.

Name Andreea G. Andrei R. Ioana P.
Age 19 32 27
Location Iasi, Romania Paris, France Bucharest, Romania
Social Life At this age, the main thing that defines her is the thirst for all new things and experiences. Until last fall she lived with her parents in her home town Bacau.  Since October 2010 she has been  living in Iasi.  For her, going to university was a challenge because she had to leave home,   separate from her parents and beginning the process of finding her identity, as an adult, and her place in the world. Because his earnings are above average and because he works at least 50 hours per week, when he has some free time he likes to make the most of it. She doesn’t have time for dating wrong persons.
Work Life She is a student in her  freshman year at Computer Science. He works as  a software developer, but now  he is on vacation. She is a hard working woman.
Goals A new city for Andreea meant new people and new friends. That is why she was glad to take part of a Social Speed event. From her point of view, it’s a fun way to know new people and because you only have a couple of minutes to talk with each one, all kinds of crazy questions pop in your head. He believes  that the person blesses the place. That is way when he travels he thinks it is very important to know and understand the residents. Because of that, he was glad to accept our proposal for the Social Speed participation. Because she would rather lose just a couple of minutes before finding out that she doesn’t really find herself compatible with a certain guy, she was keen for her first Social Speed. From her point of view, this application is the perfect combination between online dating and real life dating. She knew from the start that this was not a Speed Dating application, but she thought that this kind of experience could have only payoffs, because you never know. For her it  was obvious that this kind of positive thinking was all that she needed. After five Social Speed events, Ioana has twice as many friends as before because she related with busy women like her and she got to make her dream come true: she met the love of her life.

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Frenemies – first Web app idea

Trying to sketch an idea for HCI project, we  share our first application scenario. The application name is “Frenemies” and it is about friends and enemies. Application’s user can connect to a Bluetooth device/network and can see all the persons in the room connected to the  same device/network. Based on social networks accounts of the user, he can view details about the persons in the room so he will know who to avoid (if that person is annoying) or to get to know.

This application can be useful at a wedding or a conference where the user doesn’t know many people so he can interact with the application and see discussion topics in common with people who attended the eventt.

We want to discuss the idea with Stefan Negru today in HCI class to receive his feedback.

Here are some preliminary sketches:

Frenemies sketch 1

Frenemies sketch 2

Later edit: After a student-teacher brainstorming we have several additions to original Frenemies app. We think it will be fun to connect all the Bluetooth devices and to display all the people using that application as a graph or something. It will be nice to interact with the application through the smartphone and  make  decisions (avoid, get in touch with a person) by using multi-gestures.

Two favorite projects and one winner

mStore is the first HCI project that caught [Ai]2 team’s attention. The second one is SoWi. We have nice ideas for both but we will choose with the heart  and we think we will have more fun with SoWi project.

We will come back with the despritions of our ideas based on the SoWi project and Mozilla guidelines. We should consider one or all of the topics:

  • Mobile: Users First! How do we live our online lives and manage social interactions – anywhere we go? Which different user types (personas) can we identify?
  • Tablet: If we use multi-touch screen, what would be the meaningful interactions?
  • Web Apps: What would be the value points we can add to end users, in what formats?

 

Some more detailed projects proposed by our teacher

I proposed some nice #HCI projects based on @mozconcept topics: http://is.gd/LMIDpg /cc: @cyberdees @blankdots 10:48 AM Mar 20th via web

via http://twitter.com/busaco_

More ideas for [Ai]2 team and maybe a realistic project to implement.

A logo was born

We proudly present you our minimalistic and modern logo: