Sprint 7: Low-Fidelity Prototypes and Initial Usability Testing

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A vision must be much more than a project, even a big project.

— Robert S. Walker, FINAL FRONTIER, April 1989.

With endless possibilities of what space travel to Mars may look like, our team is prepared to make deep-space-mission communication one that can take on any of those possibilities.

After a short break after presenting our research to the NASA Ames Research team, we have been full speed ahead (and it doesn’t look like we are slowing down any time soon)!

Preparing for the Mission

Heuristic Evaluation

To better understand Playbook, we used Neilson’s 10 Heuristics to evaluate the current Playbook as a whole, and Mission Log specifically. Our team had learned about Heuristic Evaluation in our Programming…


Sprint 6: Future Visioning

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Houston, We Are Now in Orbit.

Our team has finally made it to the end of the Spring Semester and is ready to get started on our summer mission. We have been working on synthesizing the little bit of research we have remaining during this semester and thinking about what Summer might look like. To end this portion of our mission, we have been preparing a presentation for the Ames Research team and a visioning session to make sure we are kicking off the summer with a range of blue-sky ideas.

But since our team is not co-located, checkout out the team photo:


Ecology of Interventions

This is the last post in our five-part series on our wicked problem: the isolation of the elderly in the Greater Pittsburgh area. For part one, we parsed the intersecting points of multiple thorny issues and their distinct set of complexities; all of which shape the experiences of the elderly. For part two, we identified key stakeholders by creating high-level and low-level stakeholder maps. The high-level map outlined the actors that reside in this problem space or ecosystem; the low-level map stated the potential points of conflict and affinity between three stakeholders. For part three, we created a Multi-Level Perspective…


Envisioning the Future

This is the fourth post in our five-part series on the isolation of the elderly in the Greater Pittsburgh area. In this post, we articulate a vision for 2075 in which individualism is reduced or non-existent. With this as the base, we then speculate what the milestones may be across three time scales: 5–10 years; 25–35 years; and 50–60 years from present day.

For part one, we parsed the multiple intersecting points where thorny issues met and shaped the experiences of the elderly. For part two, we identified key stakeholders by creating high-level and low-level stakeholder maps. The high-level map…


Multi-Level Perspective Mapping

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Elders in Pittsburgh encompass approximately 25% of the population, and of that percentage 13.8% are 65 and older (Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh, 2017). In a more recent survey conducted by AARP, research has found that the 65+ group has grown to be roughly 20% of the Pittsburgh population. This encourages the city to design and develop services, initiatives, and studies that focus on the elderly community; however, efforts have been largely scattered and incoherent. …


Mapping Stakeholders

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The elderly population in Pittsburgh is one of the highest in the nation and assumed to reach its peak around 2030 (Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging, 2021, University of PIttsburgh, 2014). In such a context, our wicked problem, the isolation of the elderly in Pittsburgh, consists of actants from across sectors and scales. Our multi-faceted approach aims to provide an overview of the stakeholders that have some type of impact on this issue and build out the identified feedback loops in the previous mapping of this wicked problem.

In doing so, we outlined four core parts:

  • Hopes and Fears: the…


Sprint 1: Kick-off & Research Plan

5–4–3–2–1–0 booster ignition and liftoff!

We are currently 21 days into our journey and have just started to scrape the surface. As NASA prepares for the Artemis Program, our team is also thinking about the future trip to Mars, specifically communication between crew and Mission Control Center (MCC). The Playbook is an application that the crew and MCC use to communicate timelines, tasks, and details. However, as the crew gets farther away from earth, there is a substantial delay in communications. That’s where we come in.

Meet the Crew

We are Chronos, five Masters of Human-Computer Interactions candidates at Carnegie Mellon University. …


Mapping a Wicked Problem

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Isolation of the elderly remains a recurring issue across the US. Whether they can age in place (in their homes) or in a separate facility, the elderly often experience a lack of companionship, camaraderie and a sense of belonging as their community continues to narrow. According to the State of Aging report, age group of 65+ typically face the highest rates of isolation due to the compounding effect of an array of issues, such as yet not limited to declining cognitive and physical health and residing in a society that values productivity and individualism. This predicament does not escape the…


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We are slowly going beyond human-computer interaction. The question is not “how do we interact with computers” but “how do we integrate with computers?” Through the integration of technology, humans have the ability to extend our senses beyond what our bodies can do. However, unlike the tools we use, technology integration could salter the way we see ourselves and others.

Further reading: Next Steps in Human-Computer Integration | DOI: 10.1145/3313831.3376242


What could happen when you wanted to visit another space of the world at different a time?

Topic Exploration

Areas of possible exploration

Our Team, made up of Rachel Arredondo, Amrita Khoshoo, Christianne Francovich, and me, had a wide range of topics that we were interested in exploring from manifesting human connection, altering temporality, and changing human behavior. When spending time writing down different ways areas of opportunities to focus on, we found our curiosity peaked around topics of exploring the permanence of time and fostering connectedness.

From these areas of opportunities, we all ideated different items that would explore the permanence of time while fostering…

Isabel Ngan

Carnegie Mellon Univeristy MHCI ’21 || Northwestern University ’17 || Product-Service Designer

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