“Alexa, Treat MySelf”

What is VUI(Voice User Interface) Design?

VUI(Voice User Interface) is human interaction with computer to accomplish a task quicker than before.

Project brief

For most of us, day to day life can be very hectic.  We’re constantly moving, and our brains are constantly working.  The every-day hustle takes a toll on us physically and mentally which and over time, can lead to health issues.  It seems like there is not enough time in the day to enjoy the things we once did. But sometimes we just need a little reminder!

Treat MySelf is an Alexa skill reminding users about practicing self-care and recommending users ways they can practice.

Timeline of delivery

  • Press Release Feb. 3rd, 2019
  • Research
  • Build
    • Fact Skill Feb. 10th, 2019
    • Quiz Game Feb. 20th, 2019
    • Skill of Choice Feb. 24th, 2019
  • Test Mar. 2nd, 2019
  • Edit March 11th, 2019
  • Finalize Mar. 17th, 2019

VUI product design goals:

  • Introduce self-care tips/challenges with a positive quote or affirmation
  • Providing user with a self-care tip/challenge
  • User can set reminders of tip/challenge.

Design Research

Alexa can currently help with:

  • Guided Meditation
  • Putting on a sound
  • Provide a list of exercises
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Set Daily Goals

Usability Research

Click here for Usability Report

Final Product Design Demo

Retrospective: What was most challenging about creating an original product concept? What part of this project did you enjoy most?

Researching and looking for content was the most enjoyable part of this project. The challenging part was to create an original concept and figure out how to code an Alexa Skill with no knowledge of coding.

Retrospective: Describe the differences in your approach between designing for digital interfaces and designing for voice. What were the similarities? What were the differences?

My approach are similarly the same. First I did some research and instead of sketching concepts, I had to sketch out a conversation instead. Testing product was very similar. I initiated users, had them test out the product, record them while they are testing the product for my observations later.

Retrospective: What new challenges did you face when prototyping and testing your voice UI product? How did you overcome them?

The challenge of prototyping and testing my VUI was from start to finish. It was challenging to learn something new with the workload I had and the time I didn’t have. The Amazon Alexa blueprint template was heaven’s sent. I was able to hack one of the skill to create a product geared towards my skill.

Retrospective: Between designing for digital designing for voice, which do you prefer? Why?

I definitely like designing for digital than designing for voice. I like to visualize my aesthetic. I feel like VUI is more storytelling and figuring out the conversation rather than figuring out typography or color. I like to see what I’m designing rather than hearing what I am designing.

For this project, you had to simultaneously focus on original concept, optimizing its usability, and bringing the product to life. How did you juggle those responsibilities? Which were your strengths? Which can you improve on, and how will you work on those areas of improvement in future projects?

It is always challenging at first to gather test subjects for user testing and that is where I find it most challenging. You have to gather users, record them and observe your recording for later which is very time consuming. My strengths for this project is a strong concept and making it come to live with a wizard of oz demo. My weakness for this project is creating an actual skill by coding it how I want it. I want to definitely improve on my coding so I can code a better skill so it can work how envisioned it to work. In the future, to develop this skill better, I hope to know the basics of coding and get it to work the way I want it to work. For improvements in the future, I hope to put my time aside to get the full potential of the project.