Your field tablet mr. UX Researcher

28 Oct 2008 - 10:15am
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Dave Malouf
2005

http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/design_researchers_a_tablet_to_call_your_own_11556.asp

The folks over at Bressler Group under Robert Tanen came up with a
nifty tool for the field researcher on your Chrismakawanzisolkah list.

-- dave

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28 Oct 2008 - 11:08am
Fred Beecher
2006

On 10/28/08, David Malouf <dave.ixd at gmail.com> wrote:
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> http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/design_researchers_a_tablet_to_call_your_own_11556.asp

Talk about a necessary niche. They're right, we really don't have a lot of
tools (though paper & pencil can be extremely flexible). This is so intense
I'd even consider buying the first version, heh. I mean come on,
sub-vocalization sensors? It's straight out of Shadowrun!!!

F.

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28 Oct 2008 - 11:24am
SemanticWill
2007

Must admit that the concept has me drooling.

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28 Oct 2008 - 11:33am
Anonymous

I'm gonna start saving for one of these.

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Brett Lutchman
Web Slinger.

28 Oct 2008 - 11:51am
Dave Malouf
2005

what gets me is how valuable this would be for more than UX, but
extend it to almost any field observation recon auditing type
activity.
I likey!

I'd like to buy a set for my contextual research project class,
please. ;-)

-- dave

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28 Oct 2008 - 11:56am
Anonymous

This device really is a back stage pass. Just carry one of these to any event along with a name-tag and your in.
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-----Original Message-----
From: David Malouf <dave at ixda.org>

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 09:51:29

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Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Your field tablet mr. UX Researcher

what gets me is how valuable this would be for more than UX, but
extend it to almost any field observation recon auditing type
activity.
I likey!

I'd like to buy a set for my contextual research project class,
please. ;-)

-- dave

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28 Oct 2008 - 12:08pm
Fred Beecher
2006

On Tue, 28 Oct 2008 09:51:29, David Malouf <dave at ixda.org> wrote:
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> what gets me is how valuable this would be for more than UX, but
> extend it to almost any field observation recon auditing type
> activity.

The thing that amuses me is imagining the researchers working on this
project observing other researchers doing research. It's like reading a
Borges novel in a hall of mirrors.

F.

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28 Oct 2008 - 12:27pm
Jeff Howard
2004

I'll be honest. My first reaction upon clicking the link was to laugh
out loud. It's a combination between a tricorder and the tape player
I had when I was eleven.

My more measured response is to question the wisdom of mediating
field research with this kind of technology. When I'm carrying out
user research I try not to attract attention. This isn't exactly
discrete. Have you seen the size of this thing? The sketch puts it at
about the same dimensions as a closed MacBook Pro. From my experience
with tablet computing, carrying this thing around would get tiring
very quickly. I'm also not sure about tying the orientation of the
camera to the writing surface; I can't imagine they both have the
same optimal angle.

Give me a moleskin notebook and a cameraphone.

// jeff

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28 Oct 2008 - 1:32pm
Rob Tannen
2006

Jerome - No hoax, Charles Jorgensen of NASA has been work on
subvocalization technology for several years:

Even when reading or speaking to oneself with or without actual lip
or facial movement, biological signals arise. While using the NASA
subvocal system, a person thinks of a phrase and talks to himself so
quietly that it can't be heard; despite that, the tongue and vocal
cords receive speech signals from the brain that are detected and
analyzed using a small electrode placed on the throat -
http://thefutureofthings.com/articles.php?itemId=28/58/

Also, with regard to the retro design, the
speech-to-text/text-to-speech functionality of the concept inspired
us to the throwback design of the old Speak & Spell -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speak_&_Spell_(game)

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