Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Momento: Early Stage Prototyping and Evaluation for Mobile Applications

Scott Carter and Jennifer Mankoff

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/CSD-05-1380
2005

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2005/CSD-05-1380.pdf

While it is important that applications designed for mobile devices be iteratively tested in natural contexts (e.g., by participants in the field), it is especially difficult both to develop mobile applications and to deploy them in the field. We built a system, MObile Messaging and EvalutioN TOol (Momento), to facilitate early stage development and field testing of mobile applications. Anyone who regularly uses a mobile device that supports text or media messaging can be a participant in studies using Momento, without having to install any software. Using our tool, developers can simulate and study applications in the field for a wide array of mobile applications without any device-specific development. Thus, Momento can support early-stage, medium to largescale Wizard-of-Oz field studies of participants using their own devices.

Developers can simulate ("Wizard-of-Oz") an application by sending SMS or MMS (multimedia content) to participants, or responding to participant queries for information (such as "Where is the nearest restaurant?"). Additionally, Momento can be used for experience sampling, diary and probe studies; and logging of "wild" SMS or MMS (multimedia messaging) communication. In addition to detailing the implementation and functionality of Momento, we report on user tests verifying its usefulness for early stage Wizard-of-Oz simulation during mobile application development.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Carter:CSD-05-1380,
    Author = {Carter, Scott and Mankoff, Jennifer},
    Title = {Momento: Early Stage Prototyping and Evaluation for Mobile Applications},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2005},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2005/5224.html},
    Number = {UCB/CSD-05-1380},
    Abstract = {While it is important that applications designed for mobile devices be iteratively tested in natural contexts (e.g., by participants in the field), it is especially difficult both to develop mobile applications and to deploy them in the field. We built a system, MObile Messaging and EvalutioN TOol (Momento), to facilitate early stage development and field testing of mobile applications. Anyone who regularly uses a mobile device that supports text or media messaging can be a participant in studies using Momento, without having to install any software. Using our tool, developers can simulate and study applications in the field for a wide array of mobile applications without any device-specific development. Thus, Momento can support early-stage, medium to largescale Wizard-of-Oz field studies of participants using their own devices.  <p> Developers can simulate ("Wizard-of-Oz") an application by sending SMS or MMS (multimedia content) to participants, or responding to participant queries for information (such as "Where is the nearest restaurant?"). Additionally, Momento can be used for experience sampling, diary and probe studies; and logging of "wild" SMS or MMS (multimedia messaging) communication. In addition to detailing the implementation and functionality of Momento, we report on user tests verifying its usefulness for early stage Wizard-of-Oz simulation during mobile application development.}
}

EndNote citation:

%0 Report
%A Carter, Scott
%A Mankoff, Jennifer
%T Momento: Early Stage Prototyping and Evaluation for Mobile Applications
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2005
%@ UCB/CSD-05-1380
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2005/5224.html
%F Carter:CSD-05-1380