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Hi,

Here is another innovative DIY solution.
This incorporates two cameras: one on the device, the other on the user's face.
Clever and inexpensive.
http://www.slideshare.net/beleniq/diy-mobile-usability-testing-ia-summit-2011
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On 2011-06-02, at 7:32 AM, Kay Corry Aubrey wrote:

> Hello - Gareth Williams has posted a new picture of his DIY assembly to
> capture video during mobile usability studies
> http://gwdesign.tumblr.com/post/5019128889/making-an-aluminum-mobile-device-
> camera-sled . He has pictures for both smartphone and tablet setups. 
> 
> This is a great site for people who are a bit handy because purchasing a
> manufactured sled + camera assembly that clips on to a mobile device is
> costly. Judy Keeley (www.judykeeley.com) has posted the PPT of a
> presentation she gave at a recent Boston UPA conference on how she set up a
> mobile study. In the presentation she has several slides on the pros and
> cons of the 3 common approaches: head mounted camera, stationary camera, and
> attaching the camera to the device. 
> 
> thanks to everyone who responded to my question!
> 
> Kay
> 
> Kay Corry Aubrey, user-centered research and design Usability Resources Inc
> | www.UsabilityResources.net | [log in to unmask]
> Phone: 781-275-3020 | Fax: 1-781-998-0325
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ACM SIGCHI WWW Human Factors (Open Discussion)
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of kat gm
> Sent: Friday, May 27, 2011 11:50 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Seeking advice on mobile device cameras
> 
> Hi, here's a pretty great guide and discussion by Harry Brignull on how to
> use a regular webcam and make a sled to hold it to record a mobile testing
> session in close-up (and there are notes on using Morae with it).
> 
> In my experience a test run is a very good idea, just to ensure camera can
> focus at such close proximity and check lighting and reflection on the
> screen in the environment in which you are testing.
> 
> Another tip from Harry "...be sure to turn on manual focus, or you'll find
> the camera will keep trying to focus on the user's fingers rather than the
> screen"...(A good tip, as an issue I've encountered!)
> 
> 
> Hope that helps here's the link
> http://www.90percentofeverything.com/2010/05/07/quick-tip-make-your-own-ipho
> ne-usability-testing-sled-for-5/
> 
> 
> **************************************
> 
> Regards
> 
> Katrina
> 
> 
> Independent consultant
> 
> Research and Design Strategy
> 
> I don't know if it would be fit for purpose or work with Morae but my
> husband purchased a very small and mobile video camera that was very cheap.
> It can even mounted it on the side of his head when we went skiing (it is
> that small).  I don't see why it wouldn't work with Morae as it connects
> with USB. Might be good as so small and light and easy to attached to
> things.
> 
> See Tachyon XC
> http://www.tachyoninc.com/index.html
> 
> Regards
> Tania Lang
> Peak Usability
> 
> ************************************************
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ACM SIGCHI WWW Human Factors (Open Discussion)
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kay Corry Aubrey
> Sent: Friday, 27 May 2011 12:23 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [CHI-WEB] Seeking advice on mobile device cameras
> 
> Hi - I am in the process of purchasing a camera that I can use for mobile
> device usability studies. It needs to work with Morae. What I want is a
> camera that can catch the user's hand and finger movements over a mobile
> phone and tablet as they are seated in a couch or other natural setting. I'd
> like the user to be able to move freely so it might be necessary to purchase
> a camera that attaches to the device. 
> 
> I have other cameras that can take longer range shots - it is the closeup
> view that I need, but a close up that does not get in the way of using the
> product. 
> 
> Are folks on the list using a camera they are particularly happy with? Which
> cameras should be avoided for this purpose? I prefer to know about cameras
> that are not pricey but still do the job. 
> 
> I will C&S for the list -
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Kay
> 
> Kay Corry Aubrey, user-centered research and design Usability Resources Inc
> | www.UsabilityResources.net | [log in to unmask]
> Phone: 781-275-3020 | Fax: 1-781-998-0325
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