The next stage of my research, The mobile TV Guide. As you might have read from my earlier posts I’m interested in mobile devices and accessibility. This next project is no different, focusing on the Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) design and interaction methods. Whilst we are all familiar with the use of a grid layout; channels down the side and time along the top on our digital TVs, a system that works “Ok I guess” with the standard remote control for the majority of people. The same cannot be said for these applications that mimic this design on mobile platforms.
A straight forward task really, its a wonder that developers make these rookie mistakes. In all honesty the iOS SDK makes this post rather redundant ( as long as you are working with the standard components! ) but as you will see there are a number of ways you can mess this up and create serious difficulties for VoiceOver users.
As part of my PhD I am working on an accessible indoor navigation tool. I am interested in building a tool to run on mobile devices, providing users with individually tailored navigation instructions based on detailed user models.
Personalisation of applications is nothing new, we see it everyday when we log into our Facebook profiles and are dispensed a million adverts related to things we ‘Like’ on the web. Companies are using our interests to target their averts more intelligently. Great for them, but its not using the technology to its full potential for the USER.
Jamie and I have been working with Scottish Universities Sports (SUS) to build a new iPhone application for scottish university students. The purpose of the application is to provide access to relevant news, events and support content whilst also integrating the fixtures and results information powered by Fixtures Live.