Minimum Viable Product Hack

Nice example of a minimum viable product; an iPad bolted to the wall in an opticians (Specsavers) locked to run the stock Photos application.

There appeared to be some issues with customer privacy (how are customer photos managed, destroyed?), the ability to export/share photos and customer engagement (customers that used technology used their smartphones, not the Specsavers iPad).

An interesting, low risk and low cost, method to test whether there is merit in a idea before investing in developing software for it, or rolling out hardware to all stores. Similar to the fascinating lean UX work from the Nordstrom Innovation Lab:

Lift (Elevator) Door Sensor Usability

Cafe in the Crypt Lift

Notice and hazard tape applied to a lift in an attempt to hack a more efficient user journey when the lift is operating at peak capacity, e.g., when a concert in the Café in the Crypt finishes, or when users loiter too close to the door sensor.

Issue probably located in initial requirements engineering and software design compounded by (presumed) absence of user testing or modelling.

Notice reads

Please stand inside taped area to avoid the door sensors.

If the lift doors are held open for too long this very intelligent lift thinks it has a problem and takes itself out of service to run diagnostic checks.

We are working with the lift engineers to convince this lift that its only purpose in life is to take you between the ground floor and the crypt level!