Posts Categorized: Technology & UX

Overcoming 5 Common Obstacles in User Research

Through years of experience and hundreds of research sessions across all sorts of users, industries, and products, we’ve developed a rich understanding of what it means to run and participate in research. No two sessions are the same, and there are many obstacles that can come up throughout the research process. Here are a few of the challenges that we’ve seen in the past, and the lessons we’ve learned from each. 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.’ Read more »

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. Read more »

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. Read more »

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. Read more »