I most recently worked in the United States as a Visual/Interface design intern in the User Experience Design team at Siemens Research in Princeton. I was initially involved with the visual design research and concept development of an Ultrasound machine. I later got to work on internal Siemens iPad applications by delivering concepts and style guides.
A major part of my time there involved a very ambitious project where we were looking at the possibilities of using wearable technologies in manufacturing and large scale maintenance industries, where we were trying to identify possibilities to increase the efficiency and accountability of the people involved by using devices like the Google Glass. My work involved concept development, identifying personas, designing, developing storyboards and wireframes, motion design concepts, visual and interaction design and generating video content to explain concepts.
Problem: Current software for field service is poorly integrated within the field engineers’ workflow, forcing them to stop their work to retrieve and input information.
Solution: With a team of designers and cognitive scientists, we researched, ideated, designed, and prototyped applications to improve the quality and efficiency of field services using wearable technology. We designed a number of prototypes, which involved interconnecting multiple wearable devices such as Google Glass, an armband for hand-gesture control, and a ring for finger-gesture control.
Outcomes: We demoed our prototypes to major stakeholders of the transport industry—including Siemens’s top management team—at Innotrans 2014, the world’s largest trade fair for transport technology. I was also one of the contributors to a controlled experiment that showed significant effects of eye-wearable technology (such as Google Glass) on the performance of machine maintenance.
UPDATE: 2 papers, based on our findings and learnings from this project were submitted to CHI, and got accepted for the 2015 edition which was held in Seoul, South Korea:
1. Eye Wearable technology for Machine Maintenance: Effects of Display position and hands free operation. Find the paper here
2. Wearable Solutions for Industrial Maintenance. Find the paper here
Since I am subject to an NDA, I cannot share the process here, but I would be glad to run you through my role and the project on request.