Designing and Developing a Reminder System to Support Personal Wardrobe Recall

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has title::Design and Development of a Reminder System to Support Personal Wardrobe Recall
status: ongoing
Master: project within::Multimedia
Student name: student name::Rebecca Engler
Dates
Start start date:=2014/10/15
End end date:=2015/04/15
Supervision
Supervisor: Frank Nack
Second reader: has second reader::Michel Klein
Thesis: has thesis::Media:Thesis.pdf
Poster: has poster::Media:Posternaam.pdf

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Abstract

Women tend to own a larger number of clothes where one part is actively used and another one is rather inactive with items they sometimes forget about. Nevertheless the number of items in the wardrobe mostly increases through new clothes shopping activities. Our research wanted to help women to recall their garments while shopping. This should prevent buying similar items in case they simply do not remember already owning comparable clothes. In addition to that we aimed to ascertain a user interaction that is most suitable in order to recalling the wardrobe. To bring the reminder in context with a shopping experience, we designed the system for De Bijenkorf which is a department store in the Netherlands.

In order to do so, we first performed a pilot study to obtain the general shopping behavior of women and when they define clothes as being similar to each other. Based on the results we established use cases, resulting in the overall system and interaction requirements. We then implemented a mobile NFC-based prototype of the personal wardrobe reminder system by providing two user interaction methods: Browsing and scanning. We performed a controlled comparison study between both forms of interaction. Based on the results of this user study we were able to conclude that the usage of our wardrobe reminder application while shopping is indeed helping recalling clothes and could assist in buying decisions. Both interaction methods were performing equally well. However, participants indicated that they would use each interaction method in different scenarios, but would prefer the NFC-technology if provided due to its ease of use and efficiency.