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People designing software for good user experience Devices and Desires: Understanding How Users Experience Your Software

When we design, build, test, and deliver software, it is imperative that we provide our users with what they need—not what we want, but what that they want. We need to understand the scope and breadth of the user base. Here are three questions to ask to learn more about how users experience your software.

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Isabel Evans Chris Porter
baby crawling Is Your Child Meeting Development Milestones? The CDC Has an App for That

There are apps that track everything from your fitness goals and calories consumed to the whereabouts of your spouse. However, if you have a young child from age 2 months to 5 years in your life, the free CDC Milestone Tracker is a pretty good mobile app for tracking your child’s development.

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Pamela Rentz
robogami Robots and Origami: Designing and 3D Printing Foldable Robots

Origami is no longer limited to folding a sheet of paper into a crane. Now there’s Interactive Robogami, a new system under development from researchers at MIT that gives those of us who are neither a roboticist nor a mechanical engineer the tools to design our own robots.

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Pamela Rentz
Toyota's Human Support Robot Coming Soon: Personal In-Home Robots

Toyota is developing personal helper robots, and it recently got one step closer to making them commercially available by conducting the first in-home trial in North America. This robot can fetch, carry, open doors, and pick things up off the floor, helping people with limited mobility be more independent.

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Beth Romanik
Connected devices Building for the Internet of Things Is Great—Just Keep Security in Mind

The Internet of Things gives us opportunities to transform everyday life into frictionless interactions between humans and machines. However, that also means the technological attack surface is everything. Makers learning how to build IoT devices must also learn how to build safe, secure, and compliant devices.

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Chris Poulin
accessible computer monitor Techniques for Creating Accessible Multimedia

While creating accessible multimedia has explicit benefits for organizations, the importance of creating accessible content will continue to rise as more people with disabilities use the latest consumer technologies.

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Sunil Dangwal
cartoon monkey Google’s Toontastic 3D App Is Funtastic

Google's Toontastic 3D app lets anyone create 3D cartoons. Select from dozens of characters, customize them, or draw your own. Then simply move them around on a screen and animate and narrate your own cartoons. Create shows, stories, reports, family photo albums, or presentations.

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Pamela Rentz
Five-star app rating Why Your Software Team Shouldn’t Aim for a Five-Star App Rating

Star ratings are important, but many teams are so focused on that metric that it is killing their apps and hurting their business. Having a five-star rating stops innovation, puts teams under pressure, and can even get you fired. Here's why you shouldn't obsess over that perfect score.

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Jason Arbon