Watch Avi Itzkovitch’s “Designing with Sensors: Creating Adaptive Experiences” talk at Interaction’14 | IxDA Conference

Use smart device technology, sensors and user data to design a better UX

How do we utilize sensor and user data to create experiences in the digital world? We all know that smart devices have sensors, but how can we use this as a resource to acquire information about the user and his environment? And how can we use this information to design a better user experience that is both unobtrusive and transparent? The simple answer: we create adaptive systems.

A microphone could be used to determine if a user is in a quiet or loud environment, Analyzing the user’s search patterns or what applications he downloads can tell us about his preferences and hobbies. Using assisted GPS technology for tracking current location and location history can yield us the user’s surroundings and the physical boundaries of his life, so we can understand what subway station he takes to work, or where he likes to eat his lunch. This data allows us to learn about the user, his environment and dynamically adapt to his needs in any situation. When we understand the context of use we can design functions that are triggered in relevant situations.

Watch Avi Itzkovitch to discover core concepts for utilizing smart device technologies and sensor data in order to understand context, and add “Adaptive Thinking” to the UX professional’s toolset when designing experiences. In his presentation, Avi demonstrates the importance of understanding context when designing adaptive experiences, gives ideas on how to design adaptive systems and most important, inspires designers to think how smart device technology and context aware applications can enhance the user experience with adaptivity.

Avi is the owner of IoT News Network, an independent resource for the Internet of Things. He is a longtime interactive and web design professional with thirteen years of experience. The author of Design-It-Yourself: Web Sites (Rockport Publishers, 2003), Avi has published several articles about user experience, he is an avid enthusiast of technology and is often invited to speak about emerging design and UX trends. Avi is currently working as an Independent UI/UX Consultant at his studio, XG Media.

via “Designing with Sensors: Creating Adaptive Experiences” Avi Itzkovitch-Interaction14 on Vimeo.

Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

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