My ideation for the interactive application is to create an app that users can easily experience and share their own ideas or things. This idea is started from social media like Instagram. To be specific, my idea is a creating a travel app which can guide you wherever you go. The main concept of this app is a communicating with people through sharing and experiencing their recommendation. Also after users experience others to guide, they also can evaluate their recommendation.
In this app, users can register their location, and start to find the best place by seeing other user’s recommendation and review.There are several different categories of food, shopping, and attractions… The ultimate goal is to make users also engaged in this app by adding their own path for new users, and to collect a great deal of new information from other people, and sharing with them. My target is wide, so when users firstly sign up for the app, I will add more option which makes users fill out their age or sex to provide accurate information to them.
My first prototype is just a sketch of my idea which is proof of principle prototype. I want to test whether my idea is work or not. Also, I really need some comments that this app will help users to acquire new information. Through two users tests in last week, I found out that my idea will be helpful to travelers. However, I need some more filter options to find a perfect recommendation to users. For instance, how many people you are traveling (friends, family, couples,?), or what food you want to eat?( Korean, Chinese, Italian..). Moreover, my entire idea of this app is not a guide for tourists but a local place for visitors who really want to experience local unique things. So I have to figure out some solutions to make local people engage in this app. One of my answers is when local people provide some information for this app, there is a reward for them. For example, if a local person is a restaurant owner nearby that place, the app will give chase to them to advertise their restaurant or store in the banner.
For this week, I create basic steps for my app using Sketch program. I focus on user experience and visual things. Also, I had some research to figure out the technical skill for the app and another travel app.
The only map built for travelers. Whether planning an epic cross-country road trip or a weekend escape, with this app users are always 5 minutes away from something new. Users can discover millions of places, like local diners and quirky roadside attractions, or scenic points, national parks, and hotels. Also, users can save places where they love.
In this app, there are millions of traveler review, photos, and maps. With over 500 million reviews and opinions by travelers, TripAdvisor makes it easy to find the lowest airfare, best hotels, great restaurants, and fun things to do, wherever users go. Also booking options for hotels, restaurants and flights are just a tap away. TripAdvisor uses user’s location to send them a personalized hotel, restaurant, attraction and vacation rental recommendations as well as remember the places users visited through this app.
More research for About privacy and Location Services in iOS 8 and later (location)
How your iOS device uses Location Services
With your permission, Location Services allows apps and websites (including Maps, Camera, Weather, and other apps) to use information from cellular1, Wi-Fi2, Global Positioning System (GPS)3 networks, and Bluetooth4 to determine your approximate location5. Apps that can show your location on the screen, including Maps, show your current (approximate) location using a blue marker. If your location can’t be determined precisely, you’ll see a blue circle around the marker. The size of the circle shows how precisely your location can be determined—the smaller the circle, the greater the precision. When Location Services is active, a black or white arrow icon appears in the status bar. Maps, directions, and location-based apps depend on data services. These data services are subject to change and might not be available in all geographic areas, resulting in maps, directions, or location-based information that might be unavailable, inaccurate, or incomplete. Compare the information provided on the device to your surroundings and defer to posted signs to resolve any discrepancies.
Give apps permission to use your Location
The first time an app tries to access your location, even in the background, it will ask for your permission. You’ll see which app is asking for permission to use your location, and the app’s developer may also explain how their app uses your location. Some apps will ask to use your location only while the app is in use. An app is considered “in use” when you’re actively using it in the foreground, or when it’s in use in the background, which the status bar will indicate. Other apps will ask for access to your location even when the app isn’t in use. When you allow an app to always use your location, iOS will remind you which apps are able to use your location after an app uses your location in the background.
February 26, 2018
Proof of Principle Prototype/ Visual Prototype
-After last weeks, the things I considered were more clear concept of the App and the decision of the style of my App. According to this in user test I asked these questions:
- Color palette of the App
- Title of the App
- Background of the App
- Options of the App
- Symbols of the App
In user testings, I found out that there can be more variety in the starting pages, not only nature background like mountain. Also using main colors purple and blue, other things have to be separated by colors. Also for the title of App, I will focus on researching different languages of the different nations by using word “travel”.
March 5, 2018
For this week, I add more details of the App like filtering pages, setting page, and map page. Moreover, I create “feed” part that people also can share their photos along their location. My third version of prototype is visual one and user experience part.