A while back, I started doing some videos about the usability of my new Animas Ping insulin pump. It was a lot of fun, but the holidays and some other personal things sort of put a hamper on that.
However, the real reason I started doing those videos was that I was preparing for a presentation at a local usability conference called STLUX.
My emphasis in college was Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), but I am not a usability professional. I do not doing anything related to that in my daily job. However, it has always been a curiosity of mine, and I try to keep up with that world.
I’d been meaning to get back into HCI and thought that STLUX would be a great way to stretch my wings. The obvious choice was my insulin pump and similar medical devices.
Since I’m not a usability professional, I tried to keep my talk light and interesting. I’m not the best speaker, but I did have a few people come up to me after the talk to discuss things further. I had a lot of support from my colleagues and it was a great experience all around.
My session was not recorded, but I have posted my slide deck on Scribd. The first 13 slides are as the viewer would see it, and the second 13 slides contains my speaking notes. You can Ctrl+click to visit the hyperlinks at the end of the document.
In addition to my presentation, I was also volunteered to be the photographer for STLUX. I’ve posted a bunch of pictures on Flickr already and I think there will be more from the secondary photographers up soon.
Thanks to everyone who provided assistance and I hope you guys learn a little bit about the challenges of designing user-oriented medical devices. Now, where is that glass of milk? =)