HERE ARE SOME OF MY COMPS

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The basic structure and look of my personal trainer watch called Balance. Progression from “watch” mode to food & fitness options. And yes, I now some of the buttons are small so I will be coming up with another solution for those.

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EXPERIENCE PROTOTYPE

Since my design of the Healthylife Watch is a collaboration of fitness apps, watches, and heart rate monitor devices that all ready exist I used these to test out how I can better unite them into one seamless device and user interface.

This last summer I set a weightless goal of losing 15 lbs through diet and exercise following the Insanity Workout program as well as documenting everything I ate and all my workouts using the Lose It! App. This App was very helpful in showing me how many food calories I was consuming vs. how many calories I was burning through exercise. These kind of Apps that require constant data entry work well if the user is consistent about it. Yes, I beat my goal by 5 lbs but when I moved back to Portland (real life) it was no longer as easy to document everything I ate and excercise I did. As much as I know it’s not healthy to be obsessed about every calorie one consumes it did keep me on track with my diet. These last couple months I have been trying out other Apps and devices to find the right balance of what I do need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Last summer I was using the Nike fuel band, it uses “gameification” to get users to compete with one another/share and be rewarded with earning Nike Fuel Points. It was a flashy watch and did encourage me to reach my daily “goal” but it was basically just a fancy step pedometer and was not extremely accurate in actually counting calories. For example, if I walked with my hands in my pockets all day it might not be able to track my movement. So after further research and a limited budget, I looked at what Amazon had to offer watch wise. I’ve learned that the best system out there to track one’s calories (and best priced) is though a heart rate monitor. I looked and read a lot of reviews and decided to get the Polar FT40 Fitness Watch. It comes with a heart rate monitor that straps around your chest and syncs up to the watch to let the user know if they are in their target heart zone, it also does a much more accurate job at tracking calories by actually “listening to your body.” This watch came in the mail the other day so I decided to test it out along when doing my Insanity work out. I realized that I had been under guessing the amount of calories I was burning from this work out all summer (which in the long run was a good thing) because all though the Lose It! App lets you add custom work outs to your data, one really wouldn’t know how many calories they burned it they chose a work out that wasn’t in the data base. For example, I can choose that I ran on the treadmill for 30 min and it will do a rough guess based on my height/age/weight how many calories I burned, but it doesn’t have a data base for the Insanity work out program so I just put it under “aerobics” which is much lower intensity than the Insanity work outs. The other day, after I completed my Insanity work out, I looked down at my watch and saw that it had only took 45 min long, so deciding to push myself I went for a cool down low intensity run. Next I pulled out my Nike Run App to track to use the GPS to track where I went on my run. This app also tracks one’s calories using the pedometer, it does not sync up to my heart rate monitor, when the 2 mile run was complete the calories on my watch with the heart rate monitor were 80 calories higher than the Nike Run App. I then took all of my data from my work outs, the food I ate, and where I ran and put them in the Lose It! App. One thing I made note of while during my running work out was the option in the Nike Run App that gave me verbal feedback through my head phone every time I hit a mile mark. There are also options to have cheering/clapping over the top of your music as well as setting certain songs in your play list as your “powersongs.” Also I made note that it would be nice to have wireless headphones that could be stored within the watch.

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I believe that giving the user raw real accurate data is the best tool, and when it is made easier to access it makes the process a lot less “work” when working out. The user can focus on being healthy rather than trying to calculate how many calories they expended.

P3/EXPERIENCE PROTOTYPING QUESTIONNAIRE

Describe what your interface does in 2 sentences or less.

  • The Healthy Life Watch is worn on the wrist. It has a watch face interface as well as a projection from the inside wrist that laser projects onto the palm of the user’s hand. It is for holding a lot of data and showing menu options but can quickly be hidden internally by touch of a button. The watch face displays time and current health status/ goal objectives.

Who would use your interface?

  • People who are trying to reach health goals such as weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain, or incorporate general healthy eating and exercising habits into their lives.

What would they hope to gain?

  • They hope to gain a sense of control and accomplishment of living a healthy and active lifestyle that can make the user’s life more fulfilling. What is life without your health? For some it is to reach a fitness goal with the aid of this watch as a tool to motivate and guide the user.

What is the context/environment in which people will use your interface? Would it be used in public/private? Alone or in groups?

  • This watch interface is for a quick reference to see stats if one is currently working out or to look at the time. The retracting menu laser interface can be pulled out at any time to adjust or calculate one’s goals. This can be private sensitive information but the user simply projects the menu into the palm of their hand so hiding the menu could be easy in a public area. The user can compare or share their progress with other users or on social media.

What sorts of physical items might a user have to interact with? 

  • The physical item is the watch itself. It is sleek, modern, and subtle so the user will want to wear it at all times for most accurate results.

What questions do you need answered about your interface to see if it is necessary or effective?

  • How can I make the projection menu more tactile? Would an audio component be good to include? So far communication from the watch while a user is working out would be like fuel band LED lights that displayed text.

P3/SIMILAR INTERFACES

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This is the Nike Sportwatch, it has Tom Tom GPS as well as tracking calories, and distance. It is used for specifically for training for runs and can break down calories and heart rate capabilities when the user wears a heart rate monitor. The watch has a built in usb chip so you directly plug it into your computer. Also displays time. This will the base of my watch idea, it will have similar functionality as it helps the user accomplish goals and live a healthier lifestyle.

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This is a watch concept for diabetics. It monitors insulin levels and delivers it to the person when movement occurs. The watch itself holds enough insulin for 2-3 weeks. The idea is to make life a little more normal for diabetics rather than have them wrestle with syringes each day. Also goes into watch mode. My watch will be able to read people’s blood sugar levels (including non-diabetics) to gage their energy intake levels from food.

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This is a watch prototype displaying laser projection, this is similar to how I would like to project the user interface on the palm of the person’s hand.

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This is a watch/phone concept idea that combines the two technologies making one’s phone more accessible by having it retract back into the watch when not in use. I will be using a similar system, the separate display system that is not the watch will be a projection on the palm of a person’s hand.