D.I.Y. Mobile Testing Rig

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A lightning talk given at the UX-LX Conference, Lisbon, 2013. Shows you how to make a strong, lightweight rig for recording usability testing of mobile apps.

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  • Here’s what happens when you try to mount the camera on a tripod. The user moves about too much.
  • It’s like being on a fairground ride.
  • I tried attaching the camera to a baseball cap. But the user’s head moves independently of their hands.
  • It’s not as bad as this
  • But still feels a bit like this
  • Inspiration in the form of chocolate packaging…
  • Using my cunning device based on Toblerone packaging, you get a rock steady picture.
  • Make a shape like this out of cardboard. The lid of an A3 paper box is ideal. Cut out a shape like this. Score the cardboard along the yellow lines. The T-shaped hole is where the camera will be mounted. Cut a hole suitable for your own camera.
  • Fold along the score lines.
  • Roll up into a Toblerone shape and secure with rubber bands or tape.
  • Reinforce the back plate with more cardboard. A couple of thicknesses might be necessary.
  • Install your camera
  • Install the phone and secure with rubber bands.
  • Begin testing!
  • Future developments… Portrait-Landscape shifting.
  • D.I.Y. Mobile Testing Rig

    1. 1. D.I.Y. Mobile Testing RigDr Ian HallHead of User Experience andInformation ArchitectureOxford University Press
    2. 2. Tripodcam
    3. 3. Headcam!
    4. 4. Inspiration!
    5. 5. Rocksteadycam!
    6. 6. http://www.90percentofeverything.com/2010/11/15/more-mobile-usability-testing-sleds/
    7. 7. http://www.90percentofeverything.com/2010/05/07/quick-tip-make-your-own-iphone-usability-testing-sled-for-5/
    8. 8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bentleyduc/7644636090/
    9. 9. http://timyeo.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/making-a-mobile-usability-testing-sled-the-macgyver-way/

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