My goal was to design an app that would feels like Facebook, is easy and fast to use while identifying what features would be viable and overcoming the challenges associated with a smaller screen and the lack to input data or text on a wearable device due to them missing a keyboard function
Currently users check constantly their phones for updates, activities, messages thus building the habit to check your phone constantly. To solve this problem a wearable app would make their life easier since they wouldn’t be required to constantly pull their phone from their pocket and put it back, they would just look at their wrist when the app would send a vibrating notification. The challenge of this project was to overcome all the limitations mentioned below
BEFORE STARTING I CREATED A PAPER PROTOTYPE THAT HELPED IDENTIFY:
People have different finger widths, thus having UI elements too small will make it hard for them to interact with the app, using gestures would help with this issue
There’s NO way to input data on wearable devices, except voice, which taking into consideration the number of accents, voices, background noise, having to wait for the data to be processed, will just make it difficult to input data. This means there’s no way to reply, post comments, perform voice calls or chat with others.
Voice calls or phone calls is a feature that is problematic, due to not being able to hear what others are saying in crowded spots and if you do, then other people around you will also hear your conversation, additionally if there was headphones support it would require a headphone jack that isn’t present on most devices and it will require a cable, so for now to use these features it’s still better to use a phone, however using a Bluetooth headset would be an option but that would require additional costs, which most users won’t be willing to pay.
Having too many UI elements present, will make the app feel bloated and hard to interact with, making users have a really hard time when using it
There are people with visual disabilities, thus making text or icons too small might make it really hard for them to see
People are more likely to remember a face or avatar then a complex name, thus using profile images is a better approach then displaying additional text, that will be seen daily and clutter the UI, forcing users to read it instead of being intuitive
Using a phone to input data doesn’t make sense since you can’t look at the watch screen while typing since if you look at the watch you can’t type due to not seeing the letters, plus it would still involve pulling your phone out to input data and then putting it back.
Using voice commands is cool but it’s not a valid approach since it publicly displays the action you want to perform, plus background noise can affect it’s efficiency. Imagine if users would stand in the metro and using voice commands, everyone would know what they want to do and look at him if the action isn’t performed correctly and requires them to repeat or shout. Using services like Siri, Google to perform certain actions is a problem since these type of services don’t allow users to perform in app tasks, so users couldn’t use this feature in apps only to probably start the app.