Problem DefinitionIn last week's need finding post I came up with the, not particularly original, idea of a mobile filer, this week it's time to prototype that. The first thing we want is a point of view, a very high level problem definition :
I want to record or copy documents and other objects and file them so that I can easily find them.
Having a definition, we flesh things out with a couple of storyboards, at this stage we are still in the 'fail early' mindset -trying to get something that looks like it will work.
StoryboardingI created two storyboards, showing the flow through the application.
Ideally we would be able to use stuff we already know such as the date and time, or the location or type of image, or stuff we can work out -perhaps via OCR to carry out much of the classification automatically.
|Ideal Input System|
|Likely Input System|
To retrieve documents the user selects a category of note and drills into it. I have just realised that I need a way to move notes between categories, so there would be an edit screen in here too.
There is also an opportunity for a simpler output system, which I had better sketch up now.
|Search Based Interface|
In this version the user gets a set of important (flagged?, latest?) notes up front and access to the rest of the documents is driven through search.
If I get a chance I'll put up a video demonstration -but life is getting in the way.