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Portable inexpensive iphone/android usability lab

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The usability participants hold their iphone or android phone under the camera -- out of 12 participants, none complained about it and everyone easily kept their phone under the camera.

Webcam w/ screw mount connected to gorillapod which grabs onto inexpensive banana holder then outputs to ichat video preview. Silverbackapp from clearleft grabs audio and video from the isight camera and mixes it with the video preview from ichat on screen. Finally, silverbackapp outputs picture in picture video with large picture of the video of the iphone/android device and small inset video of the talking usability participant. (iGlasses is required, costs $10, in order to mirror the video in the ichat video preview -- so the text isn't backwards :)

This setup used all existing equipment that we had -- except the banana holder -- and would probably work well for companies building iphone/ipad/android apps and like to do their own usability testing in-house and want to video record the sessions.

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  1. Lord Rex 56 months ago | reply

    I love it! I did something like this involving a iSight rubber banded to an architects lamp to record paper prototype testing once.

  2. lwaldal 56 months ago | reply

    love your isight rubber band trick! i ordered an articulated arm mount from b+h photo to try to improve the setup. the thing i'm missing is a good screw mount webcam. the one in the photo is pretty decent but not as good of a camera as i'd like --- the problem with videorecording other people's iphones, androids, is the glare of the screen or of their screen protector.

  3. sophiayoung 55 months ago | reply

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  4. Jetsong 42 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the post Leanne. Really helpful. Can you explain more about how you got Silverback to output the video of the iphone from the external webcam? I seem to only have the desktop as the option for the larger image (with iSight camera for the smaller image of the user).

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