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One of the latest facets of the mobile paradigm is mobile wearables―a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends do. How many of your friends know how far you walked or what you ate today? Although you may think mobile wearables are just for geeks, they will become commonplace very quickly. Our challenge is to develop applications that can synthesize context from the gigantic amount of data these devices and their sensors generate. Ensuring the privacy and security of device usage and its data will be of highest concern. Philip Lew systematically analyzes context―the most important element in future design and development of mobile applications while incorporating big data, privacy, and security. Using examples, Philip shows the contextual elements you need to consider now and discusses how to identify key factors for a future generation of wearable products based on discovering anticipatory services.

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MM Test Attacks to Break Mobile and Embedded Software NEW
Jon Hagar, Grand Software Testing
Mon, 06/08/2015 - 1:00pm

In the tradition of James Whittaker’s book series How to Break Software, Jon Hagar applies the testing “attack” concept to the domain of mobile and embedded software systems. First, Jon defines the environments of mobile and embedded software. He then examines the issues of software product failures caused by defects found in these types of software. Next, Jon shares a set of attacks against mobile and embedded software based on common modes of failure that teams can direct against their software. Like different kinds of software design patterns, attacks are test design patterns that must be customized for particular contexts. For specific attacks, Jon explains when and how to conduct the attack—and why the attack works to find bugs. In addition to learning these testing concepts, you can practice the attack patterns on devices containing mobile and/or embedded software―so bring your smart phones.

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Concurrent Sessions

BT11 The Coming Mobile Wearables World
Philip Lew, XBOSoft
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 1:30pm

From floppy discs to solid state drives and batch computing to mobile apps and wearable devices, we have witnessed lightning-fast advances in hardware and systems in a less than a generation. Today, mobile has become a hub in our lives and wearable is on track to invade every part of our being. Sensors in new wearable devices produce data faster than ever before, and we can now access all this data, stored in the cloud. New systems and applications are leveraging these many data sets in deeper, broader, and more meaningful ways to not only analyze but also predict what we want and will do next. Phil Lew explains how mobile devices will become the data aggregator for wearable applications and explores context—the most important element of mobile/wearable user and customer experience. Phil discusses how to incorporate context into your mobile app design and development. Learn the contextual elements you need to incorporate right now and identify key factors for future generation products.

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BT15 A Wearables Story: Testing the Human Experience
Gerie Owen, Eversource Energy
Peter Varhol, Technology Strategy Research
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:00pm

Testing wearable devices is fundamentally more complex than any other mobile device. Wearables become extensions of us, so testing should focus on the total user experience—the emotional, physical, and sensory reactions including the biases and mindset of the wearer. It involves testing in the real world of the wearer―when, where, and how the wearer and the device will function together. Using concepts from human-computer interaction design, Gerie Owen and Peter Varhol provide a framework for testing the “human experience” of wearables. Learn to develop personas by delving into the wearers’ personalities and characteristics to understand their expectations of the wearable. Then learn to create user value stories to test the ways in which the wearers will derive value from the wearable. Finally, learn the importance of human-experience testing as Gerie shares her personal story—a tale of two wearables and her 2011 Boston Marathon run.

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