Ride-n-Guide is a communication system which enables ride leaders to better communicate with other ride leaders on the ride and pull navigational information from the system. The system enable an always on conference call between the ride leaders. The microphone is mute by defaut and can be switched on when speaking. The GPS directions can be pulled by switching it ON. Two input models viz button-based and gesture-based were designed and evaluated. It was found that users found the button-based system to be better and felt more confident while using it.
On social group rides, ride leaders provide an analog support infrastructure while they’re on the road. These volunteers serve multiple functions: they scout the route, shepherd riders through foreign neighborhoods, and administer emergency health and mechanical aid. These functions require that the leaders space themselves throughout the long train of riders. This helps them to maintain visual and/or auditory contact with the full group, but it strips them of the means to communicate with one another during the ride.
We propose to build a system that will assist leaders in guiding group participants through a safe and enjoyable ride. This system will permit voice communication among leaders at distances outside auditory range through a hands-free interface. The system will take special note of the unique safety concerns of the leaders’ contexts, ensuring that it does not significantly diminish their ability to respond to their environment.
We conceptualised 3 design alternatives.
Due to IRB constraints, evaluation was conducted on a stationary bike using a Wizard of Oz method and simulated virtual ride. Two input conditions were tested for switching the microphone from Mute to Unmute or accessing GPS information.
The conditions were:
|Gesture Condition||Button Condition|
Firstly, the project helped to understand the user centered design process. The idea behind the project was to follow the process and design and evaluate the system. Failure at any step meant improvement in the overall design. Secondly, the project caters to a very specific user segment and has economic potential. The users have been facing the problem and are open to adopting low cost interventions.