UX Design Principles for Wearables

Based on three months of research and analysis, Fuzzy Math is proud to release our UX Design Principles for Wearables.

Wearable Technology: Guiding the Path to Greater Self-Awareness

This summer at Fuzzy Math, we are exploring the impact and interactions of wearable technology as each member of our team participates in a three-month-long project to explore the ins and outs of these devices. This endeavor will be broken down into three phases: 1) first impressions and getting to know one’s wearable device, 2)… Read more »

Exploring Activity-Focused Wearables

For the past few months, the Activity group has been hard at work tracking our steps, runs, and bike rides all in the name of better, more effective experiences. After a few months of using our devices, we all sat down to reflect on our journeys so far. Through our discussions and recollections, we turned a keen eye towards identifying just what has made our time so far either ‘outstanding!’ or ‘not so great.’

Enhancing Sleep Through Technology

Each night during our #FMwearable trial, we utilized our devices to track our sleep and interacted with the data being gathered through mobile apps or the web. Two of the three devices we chose for our trial don’t have to be “worn” on the wrist exclusively. The Misfit Shine has a round, smooth medallion and the Withings Pulse O2 has a small rubberized domino; these act as tracking apparatuses that can be placed in a pajama pocket, while the Fitbit Charge HR must be worn on the wrist in order to track sleep. Additionally, we tested tracking sleep via motion using mobile phone accelerometers over the same period of time.

Spire Wearable: Tension Experiment & UX Evaluation

Despite the positive feelings associated with running a business for the past six years, I have realized that matters tend to lean on the more—not less—stressful side. The result of this is a peak in tension and anxiety levels at critical times. My desire to control these levels helped me make my decision regarding which wearable device to test out an easy one, as there were only a few products in the market that claimed to help reduce stress and tension. Of these, I chose the Spire.

Fitbit Charge HR, Heart Rate Extraordinaire

Activity, All the Way! I have always been an avid runner. When I was 11, my dad coached my track and cross-country teams, and—other than my six month recovery from hip surgery that took place in April 2014—I haven’t gone a full two weeks without running since then. It’s always been part of my identity.

Assumptions vs. Reality of Working with a UX Design Team

UXdesign is often misunderstood. Even the term “UX” itself is subject to heated debates and varying interpretations. So what does it mean to talk about UX design? And what should someone working with a UX design team expect? We’ve broken down some of the most common misconceptions we see to help ensure everyone’s speaking the same language and working toward the same goal.

Spire: A Wearable that Helps You Mellow Out and Get Moving

This summer at Fuzzy Math, we are exploring the impact and interactions of wearable technology as each member of our team participates in a three-month-long project to explore the ins and outs of these devices. This endeavor will be broken down into three phases: 1) first impressions and getting to know one’s wearable device, 2)… Read more »

Offf ’15 – Day 3: I Made A (Robot) Friend

The last day of the conference began with a four hour workshop, and I wasn’t entirely sure what it would entail. I knew I was going to be building a robot, but what was a robot really? The word robot brings up a slew of different images in my mind ranging from a Furby to the Terminator, to even more terrifying things.

Charge HR: Sleeping on it

Getting the Fitbit setup was pretty straight forward — simply download the app from fitbit.com and install it on your machine. Within the app you can choose to setup a new device during which you’ll plug the provided dongle into your computer so that the Fitbit can pair with it. Follow some simple instructions onscreen and you’re ready to go.