Shopping with PDAs
This project explored how mobile computing devices, specifically PDAs, might be used by consumers in retail situations. In particular, we focused on how people could use PDAs in grocery shopping. We began by doing an extensive survey of shoppers to understand their habits and desires. We also watched people shop and we interviewed them about their shopping practices. Next, we developed sample scenarios in which wireless computing technology could be used in grocery stores. From this, we developed a set of capabilities for a PDA grocery shopping application, and we designed an initial prototype user interface. Formal evaluations of this paper interface mock-up helped us evolve the system and interface. Eventually, we built a prototype in Flash that runs on a PocketPC machine. We used that prototype for some final user testing in an actual grocery store.
To learn more about the project, please see the papers above or browse a Georgia Tech press release about the project.