One of the first projects I started and one of the most important is information gathering through research and need finding to understand the user needs and the issue with the current system. For this project, my partner Jasmine and I decided to tackle the University of Sydney study experience at the many libraries around campus. Through information gathering techniques such as interviews, questionnaires, observations and site maps, we were able to conduct an affinity diagram to narrow down the specific comments from our data to form user requirements and constraints. Below is a PDF of our research and observations.
Based on our observations, we designed a small application utilising an internet of things connected device that would sit on every chair at the library. One of the most difficult challenges during exam revision period was finding a free study space/chair and many students would either waste time looking for space or arrive very early or late to grab these spaces. Our device would sit on chairs with pressure sensors to identify wether a seat was occupied or not. Paired with a application for iOS or Android, students would be able to use the app to find free study chairs in every library on campus. The application would also use microphones on the device to identify the average loudness of each area to suit either individual or group study. The devices would also have indoor navigation via bluetooth so directions could be given to find the available seat. Below are a few screenshots of the final prototype.