Reflection (week 13)

Shao Tan - Thu 18 June 2020, 11:26 pm
Modified: Sat 20 June 2020, 5:01 am

Work Done

This was the last week to prepare for the exhibit, specifically: the portfolio, the demonstration video, finalizing Spud's build and doing user testing.


I planned 1 homepage and 4 other pages (Concept, Product, Features, Process) to display my work on Spud. Each section of the index page showed a short summary or introduction with links to the subsequent pages. The demonstration video I recorded is displayed in the Product page showing the detailed features and functions of Spud.


The build of Spud is completed. It can now detect when someone is physically moving close in two distances and react accordingly and listen to voice commands for tricks. I also added two button with LEDs for the users to change between the two modes: friendly and alert. However, I had no time to implement the volume detection for loud noises in the alert mode and had to simulate it with a button due to limited time as I still have to finish my portfolio website.

User Testing

I conducted user testing with my housemates and friends again with the this last version of Spud. I first observed them taking turns experiencing Spud in both the user's perspective and the person approaching the user's perspective. I then interviewed them by asking related questions about the project objectives and success criteria that I had written down in the prototype document.

The results determined that Spud is better in the friendly mode than the alert mode. Spud is not intimidating enough to make people leave the user alone in the alert mode and instead looks cute when its angry. However, the scared expression worked better that the angry expression and the stop gesture as most of the participants felt bad that they made it scared. I am still happy with how Spud turned out to be as it is well liked even with its imperfections and had fun seeing my friends' interactions with Spud as everyone had interesting and amusing reactions.

Work to be done

I still have to complete my portfolio by adding more content, taking and adding more pictures and formatting it so it does not look like a document or a report.

I also have to clean up my messy table in my room (covered with scraps and unused parts for Spud) and set up Spud and test out the webcam with Discord before the exhibit.

I look forward to the exhibit on Wednesday. Hopefully I get everything done by that day and Spud works as intended without any mistakes.

spud #portfolio #excited