Mobile usability testing

My biggest impression when researching this week’s assignment — designing a mobile usability testing plan — was how smaller technology has made things much easier. Specifically, I’m thinking about the camera.

Ten years ago, the size of most cameras would have been a big constraint on testing scenarios. (Although ten years ago, most people didn’t yet use smart phones.) Yet now that HD cameras are smaller and light-weight, we can use rigs such as the one shown below.

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Contrast that with a fixed rig such as this, which would force a test participant to hold their phone at an angle which might be unnatural to them.

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The camera in this picture is still small, but the structure of this rig would be required to hold a heavier camera.

The smaller the tech, the more natural the testing environment?

Note: This blog was written during Usability II week 5.


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