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Peter Varhol

Peter Varhol
Technology Strategy Research

Peter Varhol is an accomplished technology speaker with presentations from software development to testing to application lifecycle topics. Peter writes extensively on software and technology topics. As a technology journalist and thought leader, he has authored hundreds of articles, white papers, and blog posts on software development, testing, and related topics. Visit Peter on his website, his Cutting Edge Computing blog and on Twitter @pvarhol.

Speaker Presentations
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 3:00pm
A Wearables Story: Testing the Human Experience

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.