Street Portals: Urban User Interface 'Test Bed' Prototype for Bike Shares

Jason Germany, University of Oregon



The objective of this research project is to develop a user interface “test bed” to measure the role of touchscreen kiosks with community connectivity. This interface test bed will apply the knowledge of interface design to the domain of public transit kiosks, with a particular focus on bike share stations. The value of this research is the ability to generate user feedback between community members using urban experiences. Safety, effectiveness and community connectivity of public transit is enhanced with this information interface. This report explains the test bed kiosk’s design, physical build, and hardware and software testing. User interaction studies for standards, accessibility and design criteria were done; 2D and 3D modeling, material sourcing and mockups were built. Hardware sensors for proximity included passive infrared (PIR), ultrasonic range finding and RGB-D technology using Microsoft Kinect. Tests measured interaction with user movement type, including the differentiation of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. Observed interaction tests were performed with human subjects review approval.

Project Details

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October 31,2014
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Tier 1 Small Starts Round 1
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Other Products

  • Germany, J. O., Speranza, P., & Anthony, D. Eliciting Public Display Awareness and Engagement: An Experimental Study and Semantic Strategy. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. (PUBLICATION)
  • Public vs. Private Space: Exploring Private Interactions in Street-Level Displays (PRESENTATION)