My last session as an attendee at Future Insights Live Las Vegas was @whurley’s talk on tablet UX. There was a question on about mobile usability testing. I wanted to share how we do this at U.S. Bank.
On a recent test, we used Samsung Galaxy SII on Android, iPhone (4S) and iPad (2nd gen) on iOS platforms. We have a lab and an observation room separated by a two-way mirror.
We had to run a cable between the rooms for the android phone to connect it to a display to observe. For iOS however, we had an Apple TV setup in the observation room and it was an all around wireless solution which worked much nicer because user was free to hold the device to his/her preference.
In addition to using an Apple TV to mirror the display, we also installed Display Recorder, an awesome software made by Ryan Petrich. This method also enabled us to record the display and have the taps shown on the device and on the mirrored screen.
On Android, we couldn’t find a similar software to enable touches to be shown on the display having a pre-ICS OS on it, and the cable came loose frequently affecting the observation of the test.
I hope this information was useful to some.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea. I like it even more when it actually works! This is what I get from Google Wallet no matter how many times I log out and log back in..
There are lots of things that I am thankful for. The job, friends, family… It’s been over 10 years since most of the family members got together in a holiday setting.
This year, we decided to book a 2-day vacation deal at Chula Vista resort in Wisconsin Dells. A waterpark my sister suggested… I wasn’t scared this time though. It was my first waterpark experience in USA and I really enjoy last few moments of it as I type this post.
So why am I writing this post? Well, it is Black Friday after all. I was tired of the water related activities and decided to get some rest trying to check my e-mail and feeds, I was stunned to see Chula Vista only offers 256Kbit “Free WiFi” and 1Mbit (not even close to 3G speeds) speed for $14.95 daily per device! They greet you with Nomadix Screen and force you to register even for free Wifi and kick you out after 2 hours.
Here is what I’ve found to bypass all this nonsense and use the full bandwidth available.
Things you need:
A Computer :)
- Connect to wifi and do not register even for free wifi.
- Establish SSH connection to a server with -D <port> flag to set a tunneling.
- Change your proxy setting to 127.0.0.1:<port> SOCKS4
- Enjoy ;)
So at this point I am able to use HBOGO and HULU fine and here is the speedtest result:
This is certainly for educational purposes. :) Happy Thanksgiving!
What am I supposed to view?
Don’t be fooled by his smile… Eating is his least favorite activity unlike his dad..