PACT ANALYSIS ON DIGIBOARD
If you’d notice, most houses you go into have at least one place where ‘peripheral’ household information is gathered. Sometimes it’s a fridge / fridge magnet combo, sometimes it’s a corkboard. Sometimes it’s the floor underneath a coffee table.
In family houses / shared houses the board is usually a chaotic jumble of postcards, timetables, party invites, really important letters that need signing and returning, shopping lists, post-it notes, gas bills, milk money envelopes, etc.
Lets imagine that we’re going to ‘go digital’ with the household information centre. A Digiboard is an electronic corkboard that can be installed at home which the following functions:
(1) post pictures and make a gallery out of them; (2) post shopping lists and update the list, (3) post bills and remind owners if it is has been paid or not; (4) post letters and postcards; (5) post announcements or notices if something should be done around the house; (6) post to-do list and remind owners if something else is not yet done; and, (7) remind owners of party invites.
It’s a fundamentally bad idea but for now let’s start to scope the design solution and interface.
In the following sections, we will evaluate and discuss how the Digiboard came to life. We shall discuss first what challenge this assignment had presented following the technological assumptions we shall face into making Digiboard real. The PACT analysis will be the highlight of the assignment concluded by a Feedback.
This assignment aims to generate a PACT analysis of an interactive system to help organise domestic information more effectively and pleasurably. A number of activities have been conducted to build up a ‘conceptual design’ picture of the Digiboard.
Lets assume that the electronic corkboard (Digiboard) will use some sort of flat panel screen attached to a wall in the house. It might use a keyboard, a keypad, or handwriting recognition. It might be able to connect to the internet via domestic broadband. Maybe it can act as a server so you can check your shopping list online or from your mobile phone. Maybe people can play linear games (like noughts and crosses or chess) as they pass by the board. What about speech recognition? Could we use the board to respond to party invitations?
Tasks - PACT Analysis Form
Adults – the ones that will benefit the most out of the Digiboard. They are the busy ones that needs constant reminders about their daily activities. Older ones may have to be assisted properly through it though a possible on-screen help would be useful.
Teenagers – like adults, teenagers may also find the Digiboard helpful but may often neglect it. However, they may be the first ones to actually learn how to tweak Digiboard without any manuals.
Children – an age range would have to be implemented. Children younger than 10 should have proper assistance or a password system should be integrated into the Digiboard. Little ones might delete certain files that are very important.
Special needs – for people that have poor eyesight or hearing. Screen should have adjustable properties for special needs.
Guests – owners should decide whether to open the whole system for guests of opt them to have a separate viewing account for galleries only. Some parts of the Digiboard are personal to the family that owns the Digiboard and thus is restricted for guest views.
A database for separate users with separate records. Digiboard receives posts from various persons within the household. Prompts the user if he / she should be reminded and an alarm will be attached to the post. Digiboard reminds users on their mobile phone if they are not home via internet connection. Posts are also given priority levels depending on how and when it is needed by the person who posted it.
There are two types of posts: private and public. Each user has his / her own password for their private posts. However, public reminders are posted for everyone to see.
3. Context of Use
Digiboard will act as the household’s personal assistant. It will help each family member with their personal activities but also takes care of the family as a whole.
Shortcut functions will be assigned to speed up the process of posting notes and since it is within the household, in which at times could possibly be noisy, Digiboard alarm volume may be adjusted.
Digiboard will be very easy to tweak. As mentioned earlier, teenage members of the household will be better off first to handle this one. All in all, very easy to use. No training whatsoever needed.
Little children are not restricted to use it as long as an adult is around for assistance. It will cause no domestic disturbance at all.
Digiboard will have internet access to inform users via their mobile phone. Also, a stylus will be used for post input. Current user will be prompted what kind of reminder to be posted. Additional notes will be the sort that only needs text input.
Basically, all information needed have been provided herewith.
Persona or User-Profile
Name: Noodles Yuchitcho
Course: Information & Communications Technology
Profile: Noodles is a tech-savvy sophomore that studies in the local university. She lives with her parents and 3 other siblings. She has been the first one to tweak Digiboard since her parents trusts her to know this kind of stuff because of her course in school.
There were two sites that had been similar in idea and not entirely the same. The Pin & Play Project () and A Physical Notice Board with Digital Logic and Display (). Both had the same idea over creating digital boards that would serve as notice boards or in households or shared houses. What it differed with Digiboard was that both projects made use of interactive pins. Pins that will react to the priority level of a notice or post.
Digiboard uses a flatscreen monitor therefore no need for any pins whatsoever.
Lo-Fi Visualisation of the Digiboard! Interface
Please see next page.
Based on the visualization that has been proposed, others suggest for more color. It looks rather dull at the moment. It needs more color to gather interest and fun. Basically however, it looks very user-friendly and useful.
Digiboard proposed interface.
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