Hello everybody, here’s an update from openrampette project.
The event of June 21 was an interesting moment to give voice to the community.
We shared with people 7 different prototypes (you can find more information here) and we asked them to evaluate the different solutions answering these questions:
Which prototype do you think will produce the biggest improvement on the actual context?
Which one is the most desirable?
After collecting all the feedback we have analysed them, trying to understand on which prototypes keep working and which ones discard.
At the end of the process we selected 4 of the 7 presented solutions:
a sticker to identify accessible shops: the sticker identifies the shops that are taking part in the open rampette project, and in general the accessible shops.The sticker is explicit but is not the standard wheelchair sign. It is a sign of prestige for the shop exhibiting it (like the tourist guide stickers).
WHY? It is impossible to recognise the shop accessible via temporary ramp if no sign is present.
a doorbell with improved usability: the custom doorbell has the sticker on it that identifies the project. Dioniso receives a visual feedback when his call is received by Minerva.
WHY? The ad-hoc doorbell highlight the fact that Dioniso is welcomed in the shop.
a custom device to receive the doorbell call: Minerva receives a notification on a portable device, which can produce light, vibrate and/or sound. By pressing a button on the device, Minerva can notify Dioniso that the call was received and will shortly go out with the ramp.
WHY? A device with a single feature is more reliable than an app. It can be used by multiple people running the shop.
a smartphone app to ask for assistance when you are in front of a shop: A device (fitted with beacon technology) advertises the presence of an accessible shop. Dioniso receives a notification on his smartphone and he can call for assistance if in the range of the shop.
WHY? People with limited arm movement capabilities can use smartphones fitted with ad hoc controllers (e.g. vocal controller).
So now it’s time to develop the final prototypes in order to be ready for the user testing phase!