Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design

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Elsevier, Sep 14, 2010 - Computers - 336 pages

The world of smart shoes, appliances, and phones is already here, but the practice of user experience (UX) design for ubiquitous computing is still relatively new. Design companies like IDEO and frogdesign are regularly asked to design products that unify software interaction, device design and service design -- which are all the key components of ubiquitous computing UX -- and practicing designers need a way to tackle practical challenges of design. Theory is not enough for them -- luckily the industry is now mature enough to have tried and tested best practices and case studies from the field.

Smart Things presents a problem-solving approach to addressing designers' needs and concentrates on process, rather than technological detail, to keep from being quickly outdated. It pays close attention to the capabilities and limitations of the medium in question and discusses the tradeoffs and challenges of design in a commercial environment. Divided into two sections, frameworks and techniques, the book discusses broad design methods and case studies that reflect key aspects of these approaches. The book then presents a set of techniques highly valuable to a practicing designer. It is intentionally not a comprehensive tutorial of user-centered design'as that is covered in many other books'but it is a handful of techniques useful when designing ubiquitous computing user experiences.

In short, Smart Things gives its readers both the "why" of this kind of design and the "how," in well-defined chunks.

Tackles design of products in the post-Web world where computers no longer have to be monolithic, expensive general-purpose devicesFeatures broad frameworks and processes, practical advice to help approach specifics, and techniques for the unique design challengesPresents case studies that describe, in detail, how others have solved problems, managed trade-offs, and met successes

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The Middle of Moores Law
Chapter 2 What is User Experience Design and Who Creates it?
Chapter 3 Interaction Metaphors
Chapter 4 Information is a Material
The Designof an Accessory Port
Chapter 6 Information Shadows
Toys and Information Shadows
Chapter 8 Devices are Service Avatars
Unifying Work Cultures with a Digital Poster
Part II Techniques
Chapter 14 Observation and Ideation
Chapter 15 Simulation and Sketching
Chapter 16 Nabaztag an Ambiguous Avatar
Chapter 17 Augmentations and Mashups
Chapter 18 Common Design Challenges
Chapter 19 From Invisible Computing to Everyware

A Service Avatar
Chapter 10 Applianceness
An Appliance for Office Society
Chapter 12 Scales of Experience

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About the author (2010)

Mike Kuniavsky is a user experience designer, researcher and author. A twenty-year veteran of digital product development, Mike is a consultant and the co-founder of several user experience centered companies: ThingM manufactures products for ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things; Adaptive Path is a well-known design consultancy. He is also the founder and organizer of Sketching in Hardware, an annual summit on the future of tools for digital product user experience design for leading technology developers, designers and educators. Mike frequently writes and speaks on digital product and service design, and works with product development groups in both large companies and startups. His most recent book is Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design.

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