Week 14

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This week has been a week of reflection and planning. We went over all our soft feedback over the week. Here is what we learned from our soft:

  • Timer
    • Timer in tutorial makes it harder
    • Guests need feedback for when the timer starts
  • Guest identity
    • Players had an improved understanding of who they were and what their role was
  • Teaching
    • Teaching interaction is hard to figure out
    • Teaching random names is fun
    • Communication and teaching with robot were interesting and fun
    • Confusing how to teach but fun once you figure it out
  • Technical
    • Latency issues at times
    • Controller tracking failed many times
    • Only good at recognizing native accents
    • Pointing to objects from a side angle is hard, and it detects the wrong fruit or color
    • Good speech recognition
  • Physical Interactions
    • Throwing food at customers is so fun and satisfying
    • Playing with objects in 0 Gravity is fun
  • Sounds
    • Robot thinking sound is annoying
    • BGM is good, bit sometimes distracting
    • Robot sounds are fun
  • UX
    • Did not know if you are supposed to hold on to the order form or not
    • Lack of instructions! (Maybe a tutorial mode)
    • Having to keep pointing at menu till the robot recognizes it is frustrating
    • First non-voice positive feedback was upon picking up the menu (Seems late)

We discussed the feedback we received at soft with our advisers and client. We agreed that:

  • Pointing is clunky
    • Maybe you could pick up an object to use to point?
    • Or have the item just stay selected
    • If you want eye contact, maybe make it an interactive table
    • Once you press a button, that thing gets selected
  • Objects that fade out could also work
    • Just want to make sure people don’t start throwing stuff around
    • Could have fruit holograms with colors underneath
  • Could also add fruits into space to make the learning process more natural
  • Think of a name for the experience

Here is our plan going forward:

  • Video & archive
    • We will be shooting our team video and working on a rough cut for feedback from the instructors this week
    • We will also be archiving the work we have done so far
  • Remove alien language
    • This is based on the feedback and our observations at soft.
    • The alien language on the menu form does not serve a greater purpose and only causes obstructions in the experience.
    • If we were to take out the alien language it does not cause a major issue, rather it helps reduce the unnecessary complexity and that is important to us.
    • We feel this way because, the guest is already in a new environment, interacting with an AI through a new interface they are not used to. Adding more layers of difficulty at this stage is not appropriate, we could do that at a later stage of the experience.
    • Also considering the time it takes to finish the experience its is more appropriate we do this.
  • Try using fruits instead of pointing
    • As mentioned earlier, pointing is clunky
    • It does not feel natural when you teach, it could work if the guest has a stick they use to point to the UI blackboard
    • Now considering all the physical interactions in the experience, it is definitely helpful if we keep them consistent, the pointing is a one-time thing and does not add to the experience
    • We shall test this out more over this week and the next week for finals
  • Make intro a bit more conversational
    • Might have robot just beep until player speaks
    • Introduce by name to showcase the voice interaction potential that players might miss otherwise 


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