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 »

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. Read more »

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

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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. Read more »

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. Read more »

OFFF ’15 – Day 1: Benvinguda

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On day one, I got to the Museum del Disseny early, as suggested, so I could get my conference swag (book and bag) and entry bracelet. The line was insanely long, but luckily they had reserved food trucks on the museum grounds, so I got some espresso and breakfast and enjoyed my views and the nice weather. When the day finally … Read more »

Conffferencing — OFFF ‘15

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Benvinguda to Fuzzy Math’s recap of the OFFF 2015 conference in Barcelona. We’re organizing our blog posts around the experiences and take aways from this three day conference. This post marks the beginning of the series. Read more »

Fitbit Zip: More Than Just a Pedometer

I chose to trial-run the Fitbit Zip through a process of elimination. After careful research about the different wearable options at hand, I realized that most of the devices required a commitment to wear them physically and visibly. I am not one to accessorize much and don’t wear bracelets or watches on a daily basis. Because of this, and because most of the wearables come in a bracelet or watch form, I started to look into other options. Read more »