2. UX Design and Strategies
Below are examples of our low-fidelity prototype that was created using Balsamiq.
Creating an Account
Users are able to set up their profile while creating an account. They will also be able to sync contacts from their phone’s contact list.
Our Adding Rescuers screens enable users to quickly search through their contacts to add acquaintances or family and friends as rescuers who they can trust during a disaster or in an environmental emergency for help. They could also look for public services through police officials or firemen to seek help.
Interacting with AI Chat
Our AI Chat begins by introducing itself to users and providing quick hot-buttons that direct the user to specific answers to commonly asked questions, such as “How to Prepare for a Tornado”, etc. The user can also ask questions directly to the AI Chat, and the AI Chat will reply to the user’s question with recommendations or additional buttons that direct the user to separate pages, if necessary, to best answer their question. The user can then read the suggested resource and complete the task, or continue asking the AI Chat questions, if they would like additional information.
Interacting with the Community
Our Community page allows users to search for keywords related to a particular topic, and will be given a selected amount of discussions or conversations that include that keyword, similar to Quora. The user can then select discussions to expand them, and they also ask their own questions or start their own discussions about the weather events in question.
Sending Rescue Requests
Our overhead virtual map provides a heat-colored overlay that depicts which areas of the user’s location are safest, as well as which are most severe, similar to what is typically seen on a weather overlay on News and Weather stations. This provides the user with quick insight into where the safest areas to take shelter would be. The icons present on the Map screen show neighbors, nearby individuals, including police/fire officials, individuals who also utilize the application, or individuals who are on the user’s rescue list. The user will then be notified if the request has been accepted.