Project Type: Usability Testing
Class: INST 702 — Advanced Usability Testing
Timeline: February 2018— May 2018
What is RING?
The Ring video doorbell is the next step in home security, competing with top security agencies by bringing personalization to the arena of home protection. The Ring doorbell contains a small high definition camera and intercom system that is accessed through a smartphone application. The audio and footage are saved to a cloud server, which also can be accessed through the application.
This project is for educational purpose, so the professor allows us to explore usability methodologies on whatever we want to test. Since none of our teammates has usability test experience, we discuss and decide to challenge ourselves to test both physical device and its companion application. We believe we can learn comprehensive usability test knowledge through the process. Also, device accessibility is significant in this semester-long process. Two people from our team install the Ring device at home. Thus, considering both learning purpose and device accessibility, we decide to test the Ring and its mobile app.
We wanted to observe how participants who have never used the device before interact with the companion application, with no knowledge of how the device works. This will provide a unique perspective as to how guests (people who would be home visitors or guests that were given access to the app through the homeowner) use the application and interact with the Ring without ever seeing or touching the device.
Before usability test
Set up the test room
Design pre-questionnaire for potential participants
During usability test
Note taker: 2 times
Moderator: 1 time
Equipment Operator: 1 time
After usability test
Analyze quantitative results
Design visualization for results.