Health-themed Mobile Application Creation
This page briefly outlines the process that I took to create a simple mobile application about bone health. You can skip to the bottom to watch a video demonstration
of the application!
First I compiled the list of tips and facts that I wanted to include.
Then, I did a rough sketch of what I wanted the application to look like. I took that sketch and created a mockup using Adobe Illustrator. I ended up going for a more analogous color scheme to match the nature of the project.
The timeline for this project was around a week, so I opted to use graphic elements such a boxes rather than illustrations.
I created the layout in Android Studio using the appropriate widgets (Image buttons, Buttons, Plain Text Views, and Edit Text Views). Then, I modified the default Android Theme to an analogous color palette.
I coded the processes that I was familiar with such as button click functionality. Then, I researched how to code novel functions such as image pop-ups.
One thing that I wanted to include was informative feedback when the user selected an answer. I wanted a hint to display if the selected choice was wrong and a "Correct!" to display if the selected choice was correct. This required a extra coding using switch statements and toast notifications.
Throughout the entire process, I ran the application on a Nexus 7 Android tablet to ensure that the application was functioning without errors. I also asked peers and family members to use the app to get feedback on the user experience and to watch how they interacted with the interface. As a result I added simple instructions such as "Click the button below to test yourself" to increase clarity of use.
Lastly, I did a screen recording to show how this application works! This is a simple iMovie with the recording done in Quicktime.
That's it! Thanks for looking! I plan to expand upon this application and eventually provide it for public use.
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