Design and Evaluation of a Smartphone App to Support Sharing Physical Objects (SHA21.C)

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    Type: Bachelor Master UROP
    Status: Draft

    Many persons are willing to contribute to the community by sharing objects they own, such as household items, tools and media items. The goal of the project is to develop an application that supports this by connecting lenders and borrowers in an easy way. Beyond the obvious features of a standard “classifieds” app (i.e., a potential lender provides information about objects that he is willing to lend; the application provides an easy way for the borrower to find the items he is interested in and, once found, contact the lender) the app should focus on supporting the interaction inherent in such physical lending, i.e., the physical exchange of the item in question. For example, a simple “bump” could allow a borrower to acknowledge receipt of an item, or an embedded NFC tag in the item itself could be used. Optionally, the app should be evaluated within a short study with several participants. Willingness to learn qualitative research methods in Human-Computer Interaction, as well as basic iOS programming skills required; strong Web programming skills an asset. Hardware such as a mobile phone and a smartwatch will be provided.

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