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Humanizing Sensor Data Through UX Design

/ Jan 20th, 2015
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There is nothing human about data. The Internet of things is all about data; data created, data measured, data monitored, processed and the list goes on. The key is what to do with the data in order to make it useful for the user.

While creating an IoT app for monitoring and reporting data on feed barns, zfactor created a concept to humanize the data by building a model around the idea of a health. Sensors would transmit monitored data in which was displayed in a simple yet understandable manner. If the barn is healthy, images and colors would reflect that. If there are problems, the colors and images would reflect that.

Parameters of what the farmer would consider acceptable and unacceptable which would be used as the minimums and maximums of what would later dictate healthy levels. This data would be input based on that farmers knowledge, experience and geographic region. Notifications of any problems would not only be displayed on the screen with different colors and images, but also by sending email and SMS messages to the farmer.

Using simple images, icons, and primary colors kept the user interface clean and legible in all formats. A simple, single page design would deliver the information quickly and easily regardless of the device. Historical and comparative historical data would congratulate or notify the user of their performance.