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Old 10-13-2006, 07:52 PM
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Hi,

I'm part of a university design group working on designing a new Marine GPS unit. We need to do some market research on our different ideas so we would really appreciate it if you could copy our little survey into your post and mark an X next to your prefered option!



1. For scrolling and selecting through menus which user interface options would you prefer? (Put 1 for your top choice,2 for your second choice and 3 for your last choice)

a. Thumbstick ____

b. Touchpad ____

c. Buttons ____



Please refer to image below for Question 2 & 3:













To place the remote onto the device, its base is pressed down into the small bay at the bottom right of the unit. The top is then pushed down and 'clicks' into place at the top. To remove it the small tab is pulled down, pulling the clips out from their small indentations and allowing it to be removed with one hand, in one motion. The whole design has no open ports or connections. The locking mechanism is made of High density plastics springs and components.



2. Do you believe the locking Mechanism is?

a. Very Durable O

b. Satisfactorily durable O

c. Weak O

3. Do you believe the locking Mechanism is?

a. Easy to Use O

b. Could be easier to Use O

c. Hard to Use O

4. How much extra would you pay for the added function of a Bluetooth remote?

Note: Bluetooth allows you to use devices such as laptops and PDA's to communicate with the GPS. It also incorporates built interference checking

a. $0 O

b. $5-$10 O

c. $10-$20 O

d. $20-30 O





5. Do you find the technology unnecessarily complex?

i. Yes O

ii. No O



b. If Yes then What part?

i. Bluetooth Remote O

ii. User Interface

1. Thumbstick O

2. Touchpad O

3. Buttons O

iii. Locking Mechanism O



PLEASE REFER TO IMAGES BELOW FOR QUESTION 6 & 7











6. Do you find this design effectively promotes the Branding of the Product?

a. Very Effectively O

b. To some extent O

c. Not at all O

7. Is this design aesthetically pleasing?

a. Yes O

b. To some extent O

c. Not at all O



Thank you very much and please add any extra comments you would like to!
Old 10-13-2006, 09:26 PM
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Old 10-13-2006, 11:12 PM
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why would I want to take the controls off the unit? Most units like this are flush mounted and the screen looks too small to use from far away.....maybe if this was a 20 inch nav screen for large pilothouses it would be different - also i would think all the contacts between the unit and the controls would be prone to corrosion, just my .02.....
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With all respect, your "survey" is poorly designed and somewhat confusing. The format does not lend itself to this forum.

Sorry.
Looks to me like you are trying to re-invent the wheel. With marine appliances one has to actually "play" with the ergonomics. Frankly what I see there, doesn't look boater friendly.

A boater wants to be able to do what needs to be done, with minimal amount of taking his eyes off the water ahead. There will be the occasional glance to the chart plotter, and perhaps even more time spent looking at the bottom pattern and A scope of the Fish finder.

Good luck with your project, but I cannot answer your questions from the information given.
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invent a touch screen, no controls
u need your hands always on the throttle controls
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What if I have some questions of my own?:


Does it work in outer space?

Can it be used as a bong?

Is it heaver proof?
If Y, to what level (i.e. Velocity x Mass (and please include trajectory maps in order from highest probability to lowest, at MSL ))

Can it detect airborne King Mackerel as high as 5000 feet?

How much 80 lb braid can it hold?

Does it come with a flying gaff holder?

Can you hit Contender's with it?

Does it come with a bottle opener?

What would Jersus do with one?



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1.) B 1st, A 2nd, C 3rd
2.) B
3.) C
4.) A
5.) Yes
b.) remote, locking mech...not really necessary.
6.) sure...strange question w/out definition.
7.) B-C

Good luck.
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Before going too far down the design road, take a step back, ask some people in the know what they want from such an instrument, tell them what advantages it has over similar products, ask them what they would like it to do. Then design your GPS unit. Look at the comments you have received already in this thread, as has already been said - don't try and reinvent the wheel
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More screen space, less control area. Its a boat - space is a premium.

Why make the controls separate? One more thing to break/lose/have stolen. No value in them.

You missed trackball as an option for input. Whatever you pick has to be very tolerant of the operator getting bounced around while trying to select a new destination.
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Before going too far down the design road, take a step back, ask some people in the know what they want from such an instrument, tell them what advantages it has over similar products, ask them what they would like it to do. Then design your GPS unit. Look at the comments you have received already in this thread, as has already been said - don't try and reinvent the wheel
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forget the remote. The open contacts will corrode in the salt air, AND it's just another thing to break/get lost/fall overboard. Touch screen.
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i get the concept...bluetooth on the boat. but im not sure the boat is really the place for it. right idea, wrong application. what do boaters need to be wireless in a boat? marine stereo maybe, and um, i cant think of anything else. the fishfinder is an eyes/hands type of thing, the GPS is as well, the radar--same thing. we put our hands on it while we're using it. our eyes are where our hands are. we dont need to have our hand on one remote and try to look at the seas and the screen at the same time. actually, most of the time, one hand is on the wheel, eyes going from display to seas, and the other hand is holding me steady on the dash, with my fingers on the buttons of the display. the remote in one hand would have me only holding on with one hand, while having to hold the remote with the other. not really ideal in poor sea conditions.

i know these and the other responses may not have been what you were looking for, but i bet if you back up, you will see that you have learned more about the proposed product than you would ever have in the classroom.

but, i'll go ahead and answer the questions, anyway....
1. (in order) a, b, c
2. durability would be difficult to determine without playing with it. does it use stainless hardware? is it a spring or metal shive? without knowing how its put together, i say...b
3. b. looks like it could be difficult to use with gloves on
4. a. i dont think i need a remote for my gps
5. complex, yes. what part? the whole remote and the locking device.
6. eh. looks like old simrad stuff. sort of clunky.
7. looks sort of clunky.

touch screen, now thats appealing. should be plenty of room on todays 12" displays.

you want to bluetooth something, how 'bout the whole network? have each device connected without all the dang wires for our network--gps antenna, radio dsc, radar (or at least the interface module) displays--including gps/mapping. now THATS a use for bluetooth on the boat. the most advanced networks (garmin and the 07 lowrance) currently use cat5 and thats the bestest we got. bluetooth could really go a long way in networking our hardware. you help us boaters keep from having to run freaking wires all over the boat, and you'll get yourselves some real positive input.

cheers.
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Its a school project guys... that said, I believe you have some very astute answers in the above responses.... HCI, MMI or what ever the current buzz word is for the day has always been very near and dear to me. It might even be beneficial if you took your note pad down to the waterfront and went for a boating ride. I believe you'll find that with the various sizes of boats, as well as the broad continuum of users, its gonna be hard to please all the people all the time. One true'ism is that space is "Priceless" , hence a touch screen could allow maximum display, and efficient interaction if and this is a big if, you do your homework on the control aspects of the unit. Consider the difference of manipulating the GPS on a calm flat water day versus 3 foot seas where you are getting bounced around and really need to find that next marker so you can get out of the soup. Messing around with some sort of thumbswitch ain't gonna cut it at that point. Its like someone previously pointed out, the user wants his eyes on the water, and can only afford quick glances at the screen.

Personally, I found that the interface used by Lowrance was dang good in that it allowed control of Fishfinding, GPS functions (2 fairly disparate functions) with a minimum of buttons. They put a great deal of effort into allowing user customizing of screens in the goal of pleasing all the people all the time, which is un-achievable. As for the school project, here's what you've found:

1. Users want more glass, easy interface, multi functions on the same glass, big and easy input via that glass (for when the going gets rough) and the cost should be less than a case of beer.

Create that and place a Logo of a long legged girl somewhere on the frame and you'll be sipping Pina Colada's on the beach somewhere in semi-retirement.


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I do like the remote idea but it would have to be bigger or wired or I would lose it in my console while fishing. I also think it is very interesting and exciting that you are asking fishermen and boaters if they would like a product. So many times electronics have no function to a boater. I hope this ends up in the market some day!


1. For scrolling and selecting through menus which user interface options would you prefer? (Put 1 for your top choice,2 for your second choice and 3 for your last choice)

a. Thumbstick ____ 1

b. Touchpad ____ 3

c. Buttons ____ 2

I like the thumbstick


2. Do you believe the locking Mechanism is?

c. Weak I would break the locking mechanism within a month. It would have to be metal

3. Do you believe the locking Mechanism is?

a. Easy to Use It is easy to use

4. How much extra would you pay for the added function of a Bluetooth remote?

d. $20-30 or more if I could use my laptop to enter waypoints remotly.

5. Do you find the technology unnecessarily complex?

ii. No it is not complex

6. Do you find this design effectively promotes the Branding of the Product?

b. To some extent


7. Is this design aesthetically pleasing?

b. To some extent

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