Designing with Sensors: Creating Adaptive Experiences


How do we utilize sensor and user data to create experiences in the digital world? We all know that smart devices have sensors, but how can we use this as a resource to acquire information about the user and his environment? And how can we use this information to design a better user experience that is both unobtrusive and transparent? The simple answer: we create adaptive systems.

A microphone could be used to determine if a user is in a quiet or loud environment, Analyzing the user’s search patterns or what applications he downloads can tell us about his preferences and hobbies. Using assisted GPS technology for tracking current location and location history can yield us the user’s surroundings and the physical boundaries of his life, so we can understand what subway station he takes to work, or where he likes to eat his lunch. This data allows us to learn about the user, his environment and dynamically adapt to his needs in any situation. When we understand the context of use we can design functions that are triggered in relevant situations.

Join speaker Avi Itzkovitch to discover core concepts for utilizing smart device technologies and sensor data in order to understand context, and add “adaptive thinking” to the UX professional’s toolset when designing experiences. In his presentation, Avi will demonstrate the importance of understanding context when designing adaptive experiences, give ideas on how to design adaptive systems and most important, inspire designers to think how smart devices and context aware applications can enhance the user experience with adaptivity.

Avi is a longtime interactive and web design professional with over ten years of experience. Author of Design-It-Yourself: Web Sites (Rockport Publishers, 2003), Avi has published several articles about user experience including one in Smashing Magazine on the topic of Adaptive Design. In addition, he is often invited to speak about his publications, as well as other emerging design and UX trends. Avi is currently working as an Independent UI/UX Consultant and is the owner of XG Media.