👋 Hello! I am Anirudh.
My primary work sits at the intersection of USER RESEARCH, and ACCESSIBILITY.
The TRIDENT 🔱
Our team at UMBC designed and prototyped a navigation/environmental awareness technologies to support runners with visual and age-related disabilities. We called this – TRIDENT (Tri piece direction and navigation technology). The team developed various scenarios relating to blind runners in differing situations (e.g. running in the city vs trails, presence of moving vs static obstacles, running with others vs. running in a group, etc.).
We worked on developing the prototype using a range of ideas that had been generated (i.e. using more than one wearable which would be donned by the user). These ideas were initially sketched out on paper. The team created physical prototypes from the outputs obtained from the data collected and is in the evaluation phase.
COEIT-UMBC RESEARCH WEBSITE
The task of revamping the College of Engineering and Information Technology’s website was presented to us as a semester project and we were keen to take in as much user input as possible and develop the website.
Conducting research from scratch, populating, and synthesizing data collected from user interviews, contextual inquiry, heuristic evaluation, etc., gave us compelling insights on what to incorporate in the redesign. We firmly believe that incremental development works best for verbose websites like these. Our main goal was to integrate user research and user experience in the most subtle way possible.
APP-DC – THE CONCEPT APPLICATION
The blind community faces challenges with respect to navigation on a day to day basis. They are often subjected to a single application per use for a single function. Recent trends suggest a rise in the number of applications in the market.
According to my research, I believe that an integrated application would reduce the burden and improve the overall phone usage from the perspective of an individual who is blind. To address the above problem, I plan to build a prototype of an integrated system with voice capabilities to better assist the person in specific scenarios related to Navigation using a concrete design process and user research.