What Users Want
Thomas here. Many points to cover, so let’s begin with how an app should not be limited to the development team’s vision for it.
An app should go outside of the team’s initial visions for it, if it is to become what its users honestly want it to be. I think of such as if streams or rivers form based on how water passes over a surface.
In the case of ME.mory, we realize how the following feature may make much sense:
“Stack” (although we’re not married to the name) is a potential feature we are exploring. One possibility would be that the searches users make most commonly could already be primed for display. After doing so, entries which already have that word would now show as a collection of them within ME.mory. New entries would self-sort into the folders already created.
For example, if you want to quickly and regularly see whenever you check ME.mory how you have spent time with your best friend, then create a search category with that friend’s name.
This would be convenient for those repeatedly searching for a particular person, a particular place, or for any specified term often. Results for those frequent searches would be primed for immediate display, instead of having to be searched for again (which would take a bit longer to display, of course) at any given moment.
Users would also be able to create their own categories and move particular ME.mories into those categories, as desired. Again, this is and will be based on what users tell us they want, so feel free to tell us!
Moving on, I have recently been contacted by the people at Positive Health Wellness (www.positivehealthwellness.com), as they had come across ME.mory. On their site earlier this year they had shared about the variety of ways technology may be helping us to improve our health outcomes: https://www.positivehealthwellness.com/fitness/8-ways-technology-improving-health/
It is quite easy to see on that page how technology can improve the extent of accurate diagnoses (as testing improves), the degree of information individuals can gather for themselves (such as via Fitbits), being able to access medical professionals more rapidly. Technology could even applied towards keeping organs functioning before implantation (ex. a heart beating). What other possibilities are yet to be discovered?
From developers to developers, we were going to have a conference call today to connect us with other developers so that we may all discuss how challenges in the app development space were addressed and overcome by each of us. It was to be a learning and sharing experience, but that call has to be rescheduled to likely later this week given how one of the callers was sick today.
Otherwise, we are still currently working on app compatibility between iPhone and Android versions.
And that concludes this post. We will likely have only one more post (in the middle of December) and then will see you all again in 2018.