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Part 3: Biometrics As User Control

The idea of biometrics in XR isn’t a terribly new one. Methods like heart rate and eye tracking are pretty popular in the research community. Academic researchers have been using physiological signals to measure changes in user states for decades and some AR applications have begun integrating biosignals to inform changes to the system. What is a newer idea is using biosignals as a user controlled input method.

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Part 2: Blockchain-Based VR

April, 30 2018 | VR, Emerging Trends

If the future of XR interaction means that users will communicate via customizable avatars, how can you trust that the user you’re interacting with is who they say they are? Part 2: Blockchain-based VR.

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Part 1: AI Smart Avatars

April, 20 2018 | VR, AI, AR, Emerging Trends

Although augmented and virtual reality systems (which I will refer to globally as extended reality, or XR) have not yet reached the level of everyday ubiquity expected by some industry insiders, these technologies are being increasingly utilized in domains traditionally considered to be risky, such as aviation and medicine. This is Part 1: AI Smart Avatars.

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Key Lime Interactive Named Among Top NYC UX Agencies

April, 04 2018 | Awards, News, Events & News

“Creativity Is allowing yourself to make mistakes, design is knowing which ones to keep”
– Scott Adams

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The Role of UX in Conversational UI

December, 22 2017 | Conversational UI, Emerging Trends

In collaboration with Isabel Rubenstein, Samantha Silver, Eugene Santiago and Manuel Ramirez .

UX plays a large role in the design and creation of a conversational UI, as well as the way in which users interact with and engage with it. A product using conversational UI has no chance of being successful without taking UX into account during the design process since this will determine the type of experience that the user has. It is vital to understand the context in which the UI will be used and the human on the other end of the conversation.

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Current State of Conversational UI

December, 21 2017 | Conversational UI, Emerging Trends

In collaboration with Steve Foster, Anthony Brown, Mindy Eng, and Shao-Yu Chen.

Part of the reason conversational UI is so successful is that it can be applied to a wide variety of platforms and industries. The applicability of conversational UI means that users of all kinds can find ease and accessibility when using engaging with these devices or carry out their day to day tasks.

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Why Conversational UI is So Successful

December, 21 2017 | Conversational UI, Emerging Trends

In collaboration with Alan Patrick and David Hoberman.

Conversational UI’s give the opportunity to interact with technology on a similar level than we are accustomed to interacting with people on a day to day basis.  As this technology grows, it continues to gain a stronger presence on every digital platform, and its overall usage becomes more mainstream. One of the earliest adaptors, Apple, leading the way with Siri, showed one of the various ways in which conversational UIs can be applied to a technological platform that we interact with daily. Recently, we see that chat boxes and conversational UI have become increasingly welcomed and demanded, leading to increased engagement with devices and success in a variety of ways.

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Designing a Conversational UI Experience: Conversation Basics

In collaboration with Levi Warvel and Mariano Rodriguez.

A lot goes into a designing a good conversational UI; it needs to have a personality, it needs to adapt, it needs to be able to engage with the user and it needs to be natural for the user to interact with. The challenge for designers is to design this UI to be as intuitive and simple as possible, but without a traditional on-screen UI. When designing a conversational UI experience, it is essential to try and capture the flow of a conversation so that the interaction between the device and the user is seamless. In order to do this, it is essential to understand the basics of human conversation.

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Conversational UIs and Hybrid Interfaces

December, 19 2017 | Conversational UI, Emerging Trends

In collaboration with: Andrea Bascetta, Priscilla Lim and Hannah Postings.

Life moves at a fast pace and users have increasing to-do lists of tasks they need to complete, frequently juggling multiple things at a time. As a result, it is important that their devices are able to keep up with all that the user needs them to do in today's fast paced world. Hybrid UIs -- which combine the features of graphics and command lines -- can offer a level of efficiency that conventional GUIs, or graphical user interfaces, lack. Where conventional GUIs present users with multiple pieces of information to sift through all at once, hybrid UIs can deliver smaller snippets of information at the users’ command that the user can then take action on to quickly complete their tasks.

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What Questions Need to Be Added to a Screening for Biometrics?

As you prepare to moderate a session, do you ever have concerns of who and what you may find inside the interviewing room? Take the proper steps to not have a surprise waiting for you. The screener you write can ultimately make or break a project. As we begin to incorporate more technology into our research methodologies, we need to be able to adjust our screeners accordingly. Since Biometric studies incorporate heart rate, facial muscle activity, skin responses and can have an eye tracking add-on, there are many different things to consider. What questions need to be added to a screening for biometrics? In this article, we will walk you through some considerations you need to take when writing a screener for a project with Biometrics. [Read More]