Our project is an app that addresses the challenge of transportation challenges and location accessibility concerns of wheelchair-users. Our app works in a similar way to google maps. Users can submit real time reviews of places, or search to find out from others if the front door, side door, bathroom etc. is wheelchair- accessible and in working order.
We came up with this idea using the human centered design process after interviewing people in wheelchairs about their daily struggles. We had been working as one big team, but once we had to start working remotely our team grew smaller but we continued prototyping and eventually coding our app, which is still in development.
The first link is the link to the slides presentation we made to portotype the app.
The second link is the link to the webapp to show how the app would work.
For the images, you can see the logo of the app, a picture of the group that conducted the human centered design process pre-covid and Tim, the leader of developing this project post-covid, and a picture of the code.
Then we have a video tour of how our app works.
This is a wonderful project! I love the initiative on improving an increasingly important issue. Amplifying features in existing applications through crowd-sourcing has proven to be quite successful for many applications. Waze, for example, amplified the features of a navigation application by adding a crowd-sourcing integration to it, and were subsequently acquired by Google for about $1 billion. You could use the API from Yelp and Google Maps and continue building out unique features for "ven-sure-out".
Wow! What a wonderful accessible product, and behind it a great team who really stuck with the human-centered design process to reach a solution that works wonders for your target audience. When reading the background for your project, I always love to hear that you approached the problem first by engaging in interviews – we call them "empathy interviews" on my team – and then solving the problem by co-designing WITH your users instead of FOR them. This is super important, as many people make assumptions on a product before actually surveying their audience to truly understand their needs. I can tell all of you could excel in a career in design, product development, or engineering in some shape or form – I hope you keep working on this app and bring it to life!!
Hi Tim, Carlos, Fatoumata, Sam, Maisha, Andy, Elio, Nariah, Sam, and Daniel, Thank you all for teaming up together to submit your app idea to Emoti-con! I think your idea has real potential here. Ideas like this I feel is what the internet should be all about - aggregating the collective knowledge of thousands of individuals to help give intel to people who are unfamiliar with the area. Crowd sourced data is what powers Yelp, and Google. Though unfortunately sometimes there can be people who might give intentionally wrong information, or plain inappropriate comments. This is the challenge of ANY website that allows users to input free-form text for the public to see. Though I do see a report functionality was planned. I appreciate the amount of documentation that went into this project. One of the first things that app designers do is plot out all the different screens a user might see - and I see that here! I also appreciate that the app asks simple questions first, so a user won't feel that they are spending so much time in it - it reminds me of Google Opinion Rewards which has this philosophy. Finally, I commend building a prototype website for this! It's no easy feat doing it from scratch. Great job here everyone! -Charlie
What a cool app to crowd source accessibility. I think this is a really neat approach because it will bring in a wide range of user experience. Did you think about how the app could provide feedback or report places that "failed" at accessibility?
Great job! You proved that when you have drive and passion you can generate a great idea and make it a reality. You all had a good concept and even better execution, I can see this helping many people! : )
You guys did a great job thinking of something that would actually help a lot of people, and also did a great job with the UX design! Very well thought out.
You could use the app "Waze" as reference since it allows people to easily leave a comment on what they saw in a certain area that they went visited. There are cool features in Waze that you could maybe use.