Hi, I'm Arnita

A Master's student in HCI at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to CMU, I worked as a Lead User Experience Designer at Samsung Mobile R&D.
I expect to graduate in Aug '17 and am looking for a full-time role as an Interaction Designer.

Here's my Resume

I like to resolve the ambiguity posed by

new tech & design

About me

In my undergrad from Department of Design at IIT Guwahati, I studied Interaction Design and UX Research, published 4 research papers and won 2 national scholarships.
In my professional experience I have enjoyed designing interactions with new and emerging technologies - Voice, IoT and wearables.
On the side, I like to host Indian home-made food feasts for friends or mumble one-liners they find funny. Badminton is my sport though I'm always game for travel. My love for mountains, sea beaches, smoked salmon and Led Zeppelin is eternal!


When I play around with tech, sometimes "What If"s pop into my head. I write them down here. It's like my playground ...

Playground
of concepts & writings

Voice User Interfaces - 15 challenges a.k.a. opportunities for design

  • Dec 22, 2016
  • Voice UX  VUI Design

Having been a part of the Voice UX Design team at Samsung R&D, I designed the company's personal assistant for smartphones, smartwatch, car and home environments - S Voice.

I learnt, developed and percolated a new skill 'Voice UI Design' in my team. I have captured some of my learnings in this read.

Read article on Medium

See "What's Next?" on your wrist

  • Dec 14, 2016
  • Smartwatch concept  Glance-ability

A small concept to quickly see what's next and get an idea of how your day looks like, on the watchface itself.

Breaking ice with an AI?

  • Dec 27, 2016
  • Conversational UI  Voice UI Design

What a voice assistant can understand is a big question mark. When talking to Siri, Google assistant, Cortana, do users know what all they can say or ask. Siri gives a nice scroll of what things you can say, but is it enough?

For example, let’s say you ask Siri to set up a hair appointment (above image, left) and it makes an event in calendar. Can you understand what all the voice assistant is capable of understanding beyond "Yes" or "No" at this point. Can I say, “change the time to 6” or “set that up for all week” (lol, perhaps for something like tennis practice). So I propose here a way to show possible follow-up dialoges that user can ask.
Who knows if we suggest these, they will themselves try out more!

PS: I'm thinking how to solve this problem for eyes-free interaction agents like Alexa...

UIs for human behaviors

  • Sep, 2016
  • Group to-do app  Human-like UI

As part of one of the small assignments we had to design a group to-do app. For this I made two small concepts: Left one - where you can nudge your group members (only once) if they haven't finished the tasks you have assigned to them, and right one - when you do tasks that are assigned to someone else in the group the UI thanks you on their behalf.

We all procrastinate sometimes

  • Jul, 2016
  • Tennis practice app  Design for humans

A while ago I was designing a smartwatch app for tennis players to keep track of their shot practices. It is called Tennis Traq and you can find it in my portfolio. One of the propositions for this app was to set weekly targets for practicing a kind of shot, example, 300 backhand topspins this week.

But given how being humans we skip or miss practices, what if we grant a grace day, once every month. That way, if users needed to practice 50 backhand topspins everyday they could use a grace day and get back to practice next day at the same pace.
(so tech could be a slightly lenient coach ;)

Currently I'm playing with

What does Alexa know about you? What do you think Alexa knows about you? - Privacy concerns around home voice assistants.
Technology wants to learn, rather 'machine learn' user behavior and predict needs to make contextual suggestions. Users are curious to know what this machine or intelligence is learning about them, at least from a privacy standpoint. Or beyond that, they may even want to domesticate that intelligence for themselves. Challenge remains - How?


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