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Three Ways to Make Alexa Interactions More Natural

As the language model of Alexa expands, the interactions will be more and more natural. With these and other capabilities, richer experiences will be possible, which will bring us closer to seamless ambient computing. Read more

Tips for Choosing Alexa Skill Names

After the first couple certification attempts, selecting a name for an Alexa Skill seemed as hard as finding a nice and affordable .com domain name. For a Store with, at the time, less than 500 Skills, that was surprising. Read more

Four NLUI Design Ideas that Make a Big Difference

It seems obvious that interacting with a product, app, or skill via speech is very different from interacting with a screen, yet many early offerings use the same design metaphor as traditional graphical user interface (GUI) products. Read more

Creating a Connected Conference Room

Despite Shiny iPad systems at the door of conference rooms, many people fail to check in, cancel rooms they no longer need, or borrow vacant rooms without booking. To solve these challenges, we have teamed up with Built.io to automate these issues in a connected meeting room. Read more

Going From IoT Prototype To Commercial Product

Managing the transition from something that works on a lab bench to a viable IoT product can be tricky, but understanding the technical gaps between conventional and IoT capabilities can illuminate the way. Read more

Macadamian Recognized as Top User Experience Agency by Clutch

Ratings and reviews firm, Clutch, named Macadamian a leading user experience agency in their latest research. Clutch’s methodology takes into account market presence, previous experience, focus on user experience services, and most heavily, client satisfaction. Read more

Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service in Healthcare

The Amazon Echo and Alexa voice service have been a hit in the consumer market with skills that help you order a pizza or call an Uber. Now with the introduction of the "KidsMD" skill, the Alexa voice service is making its way into the healthcare market. Having focused on healthcare IT and stressing the possibilities of voice interaction for years, it’s great to see Alexa for healthcare finally in action. Read more

Integrated Solution Providers: The Team Approach to Healthy IoT Projects

Firms with one specialization will sometimes subcontract skills they don’t have in-house, but that’s a different thing from a truly collaborative partnership among professionals with the autonomy to make the best decisions based on their expertise and suggest new approaches to their partners in the interest of the best outcome. Read more

Five Criteria for Selecting a Healthcare IoT Solutions Provider

Success with IoT can be tricky. It is a constellation of complex technologies from which you need to pick, choose and customize to craft a product that can succeed. Many companies fail in their IoT initiatives because they underestimate the challenges of navigating this complexity and don’t engage a partner that can provide guidance throughout the project. Read more

How the Internet of Things Changes Value Creation

If you’re considering creating a connected product or service, the Internet of Things will have a profound impact on how your business creates and captures value. Read more

Creating the Fantasy Scoreboards Alexa Skill

We have officially submitted our second Alexa Skill for review. It’s called Fantasy Scoreboards and allows users to control their WiFi connected NHL scoreboard with their Amazon Echo. While building this Skill we learned a few more valuable lessons about extending the capabilities of Alexa. Read more

Project Management in the Healthcare Industry: A Risk Based Approach

One innovative approach to governance and project management is to tailor the type and level of management to the risk assessed for each project, avoiding the costs of treating all projects as though they carried a high level of risk. Read more

Four Enhancements We Want for the Amazon Echo

Our annual MacHack happened a few weekends ago and as always the teams at Macadamian put in 24 straight hours of hard work to bring some amazing ideas to life. This year many of the teams focused their efforts on creating IoT solutions, many of them using the Alexa voice service of the Amazon Echo, highlighting how interactions with Alexa could be made more natural. Read more

Conducting Comparative Usability Tests

Additional variables must be controlled for in comparative testing that generally make it more challenging than traditional usability testing. These variables span planning, execution, and test analysis. Read more

Design for Medical Devices Conference Recap 2016

The conference left me with three days of inspiration and a lot of food for thought. It was good to hear academic and industry leaders confirm what I live and breath every day at Macadamian - that attention to user and patient details are good ethics as well as good business. Read more

Applying User Experience Principles to Alexa Skills

Crafting a voice controlled interface for our text message skill posed some interesting design hurdles. To have a truly successful skill, expect to commit some time to the wordsmithing that likely kept William Shakespeare up at night. Read more

The Importance of Context in a Sea of Data

With more physical things being connected to the internet, the amount of data collected by these devices continues to grow. When designing an experience for an IoT device, considering context becomes increasingly important to avoid agitating users. Read more

Sending Error Logs using Docker, Vagrant and SumoLogic

The main goal was to stay as close to the production environment as possible to avoid “It works on my dev machine!” when it just crashes in production. Read more

The Power of Voice Interaction in Connected Products

The longer the fridge door is open, the more the animal speaks. I can only assume that my penguin is encouraging me to shut the fridge door, but since I don’t speak Japanese, this is only a guess on my part. Read more

Creating a New Alexa Skill

Over the last several weeks, we went through the entire process of designing and developing a new Alexa Skill for Amazon’s Echo and then submitting it for approval by Amazon. The skill in question? One we would likely use many times a day: sending text messages. Read more

Getting a Design Review Back on Track

Although you will likely encounter these disruptions caused by tangents, by following these techniques, you can get your review back on track, achieve your objectives, and keep your UX design review chugging along to the next stop. Read more

Achieving Interoperability in your Healthcare Organization

The challenge with integrating healthcare organizations is that they are just that – separate organizations. Each organization provides a healthcare service, but they provide that service using their own process. Read more

5 UX Research Blockades and How to Break Through

During the course of conducting your UX research, you will likely encounter one or more of these obstacles. Knowing that obstacles might provide additional insights and combined with keeping your eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel, you will make it through to the other side. Read more

Off On a Tangent: Getting Your Workshop Back On Track

When you are happily chugging along and someone throws a wrench in your workshop agenda, what do you do? Do you stop them or let them ride it out? Read more

How To Course Correct When You’re Solving The Wrong UX Problem

You're throwing ‘plan A’ out the window…now what? You're 7.5 hours into an 8-hour workshop when you realize the problem you were brought in to solve isn't the real problem. Read more

Software Developers as UX Designers

There is some kind of implicit expectation that design and development will somehow magically work out if a “good” developer is on the project. The fact remains that if you want an application designed well, you need to allow time for that design effort. Read more

Design Thinking: A UX Framework for Healthcare Apps

UX design has a direct correlation to user adoption, time to complete a task, reduction in errors (thereby decreasing the risk to patient safety), a decrease in support calls, and an overall increase in user satisfaction. Read more

Developing Population Health Management Software

Population Health Management software enables care teams to share PHI and to gain insight and manage health proactively. It is THE next critical step in Healthcare IT advances, and there’s no clear market leader yet. Read more

Grow Your Security as you Develop Your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

To paraphrase an old security saying, the best time to start implementing security was yesterday, and the next best time is today. So, where do you start? Read more

IoT, My Home, and the Connected Egg Tray

Over the next few years, almost everything will be connected to the Internet. We will have smart toothbrushes, a garbage can that generates grocery lists, or even a smart chair that alerts you when you have bad posture. Read more

Managers Who Use LSD Get Innovative Results

From Sigmund Freud to Jimi Hendrix to Stephen King, some of the greatest minds have resorted to extreme measures to unleash their creativity and push the limits of innovation. Read more

Hands-on The Internet of Things at IoT613

IoT613 is a two-day conference in Ottawa dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) and provides a unique collaboration between the user experience (UX) and design communities. This was IoT613’s inaugural conference in response to the growing IoT trend in the Ottawa/Gatineau region as in most of the world at large. Read more

IoT: Life In A Connected World

Everything discussed is based on technology that is already available today and that is just not yet accessible for everyone. As the technology enabling the connected world moves forward with increasing speed, so too will its adoption. Get ready! Read more

Considering UX in the Whole Ecosystem – Lessons In UX Maturity: Part 4

From a product perspective, not only are the results indicative of the design maturity, but the types of opportunities for improvement are also strong indicators of where an organization is. Read more

Bringing UX to a Legacy Product Revitalization – Lessons In UX Maturity: Part 3

In particular, the leadership and culture recognized their inexperience in UX practices and were willing to be led in an effective way to bring in UX expertise. Read more

Consequences of an Underutilized UX Team – Lessons in UX Maturity: Part 2

How well the leaders and company as a whole appreciate the value and necessity of UX design from a business perspective is fundamental for the success of UX at a company. Read more

6 Indicators of an Organizations UX Maturity Level – Lessons In UX Maturity: Part 1

Like any function or practice, not all organizations have adopted or embraced UX design to the same degree or at comparable levels of maturity. Read more

The Internet of Things: Cordova Plugin for Electric Imp’s BlinkUp

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a new and exciting trend where everyday objects are being connected to the internet. Read more

Windows 10: Are You Ready?

Microsoft is changing the game with Windows 10 and making it much more compelling for product developers to integrate naturally with Windows. Here are four things to keep on your radar. Read more

Issuing A Software Development RFP

Think Twice Before Issuing a Software Development RFP – If you Want a Great User Experience Read more

What’s the State of User Experience (UX) in the Enterprise?

The days of sitting down and learning how to use a product are over, especially if those enterprise buyers are to remain competitive in their respective markets. Read more

Microsoft and the New Way: Reflections from Microsoft Build 2015

Microsoft is breaking away from the past, confronting the hard reality and making the difficult decisions. This is not a complacent Microsoft that was showing its’ stuff today, it’s about to get very interesting…again! Read more

A Guide to Working with HL7: Considerations and Recommendations

In developing healthcare software, there is a high chance that you will run into an integration challenge sooner or later and will need to understand HL7 messages. Read more

It’s a Wrap: Mobile World Congress

Companies that will be successful are those that are able to improve products faster because they understand, through data collection, what their customers are doing with the product. Read more

Building your own IoT product: Design. It’s not just a 2D screen.

Let’s call this holistic approach: designing for the context of daily use. Read more

Trendy: From Napkin Sketch to Fandom Ready

From a simple “what if,” Trendy evolved from a Twitter analytics prototype into a fully-designed, functioning consumer app available on the Windows Store. Read more

Building your own IoT Product: Bad radio! (Wi-Fi, Wireless / LTE, BLE, NFC) – Oh, my!

Picking the right radio solution can make or break your product (or seriously cripple customer adoption). You have to build or select components that make sense for your context of use and build solutions around the trade-offs of each radio option. Read more

Building your own IoT Product: Is your IT team ready?

Follow these three steps, and you've begun your IoT journey. Never forget that technology is just a portion of the overall experience that a customer and/or user will have with the IoT device you are creating. Read more

CES 2015 Digital Health Summit

With more than 160,000 attendees, the equivalent of 28 football fields of exhibitor space, and an impressive contingent of healthcare experts, the experience was an exciting informational overload. Read more

Hacking for Health

Participating teams were tasked with developing solutions that demonstrated the use of sensors, data collection, and the interconnectedness of hardware and software. Read more

Why Wearables Won’t Make You Fit

What do wearables, e-learning solutions, and financial planning sites all have in common? Read more

It’s 9:00 am. Do you know where your corporate assets are?

Revolutionizing the world of asset tracking. Read more

World Usability Day 2014: Engage Now!

What are you doing to engage users in the right way – to foster a deeper connection with your application? Read more

The Product Innovation Challenge

Product management teams are constantly looking for new ways to innovate ahead of the competition - from new features to stunning design and implementing modern technology. But does modernizing a legacy solution result in innovation and growth? Read more

Software Revitalization

Macadamian shares insights on software revitalization. Read more

What do the Pepsi Challenge and UI Design have in common?

Looking to develop a UI Design that's modern, creative, wow? Think again. More than ever, a product’s user experience defines market success. The only problem is - users usually don't care about that stuff. Read more

Healthcare Analytics Summit 2014 News

Macadamian's Healthcare Interaction Designer, Francis Beaudet, recently attended the Healthcare Analytics Summit in Salt Lake City. Here are some key takeaways from the conference. Read more

The Art of the Possible: Inspiring Innovation via the Maker Movement

In the spirit of the Maker Movement, Macadamian partnered with local hardware design firm, Design 1st. Read more

How to Select the Best UX Design Firm – and Avoid the Wrong Ones

Here are five ways to get around the traditional process and find the best UX Design firm that will bring your products user experience to new heights. Read more

Three Mobile Projects to Inspire

Check out these three video case studies of some of our latest projects.  We are very proud to have brought value to these customers – and we had a lot of fun, too… Read more

Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians

Macadamian Healthcare Advisory Panel Member, Jeff Belden, releases "Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians" e-book Read more

The Affordable Care Act: How to Effectively Share Patient Data

The basic principle behind the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to enable all health-care providers to act in concert as an effective care team. Read more

Beyond the Screen: An introspective look at the future of product design

A series on the future of design and rebooting the user experience. Read more

Reactive Experiences Meet the Enterprise

The Internet of Things, Connected Sensors, and the Enterprise Read more

Understanding Patient Engagement

Guest blogger, Elizabeth Bacon, shares her thoughts on Understanding Patient Engagement. Read more

CEO Insights: The impact of a connected world

Lessons learned from Mobile World Congress & SXSW 2014 Read more

Cinematic Experience On-the-Go with Nutty Player

Macadamian has made video experience simpler than ever with Nutty Player! Read more

Introduction To Customer Experience Maps

Experience or customer journey maps have really become popular over the past couple of years. Why? Read more

Macadamian’s Secret Sauce

What makes Macadamian a great place to work? Read more

Designing for Big Data

From Terabytes to Insights Read more

Modernizing Enterprise Applications

Why Are Enterprise Apps So Hard to Use? Read more

Mobile Application Design: Field Service Apps [Podcast]

Field service apps can bring better service, higher margins and potentially more revenue. Read more

Mobile Application Design: NuVo Technologies [Video]

Here's a video of one of our recent projects. Read more

Mobile Application Design: Turn Mobile Ads into High-Value Experiences

In the third installment of our four-part series, you’ll learn how to create an effective mobile advertising business model that doesn’t upset your users and generates more revenue. Read more

Fred’s Insights in Mobile Enterprise – “The Device Does Not Matter”

Fred has a piece published in Mobile Enterprise on what software development has to be in today's economy. Read more

Eight Things You Need To Know About Windows 8.1

Here's what I learned from attending Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston this year Read more

[Four-Part Series] How Awesome UX Boosts Revenue in 4 Mobile Business Models: Data

In the second installment, we share UX tips that will help you collect the right amount of the most valuable data to generate more revenue for your organization. Read more

Macadamian a Top Place to Work for Young People

We’re proud to be recognized as a Top Employer for Young People for a second straight year. Learn more about our work culture and why we love working at Macadamian! Read more

Freemium App Business Model: UX Best Practices

What do doughnuts have to do with increasing mobile app income? Find out now by learning about the user experience best practices that boost revenue in today’s most popular mobile business model: Freemium. Read more

Macadamian at the 2013 Accountable Care and HIT Strategies Summit

I’m excited to hear what other companies and individuals are doing to help align all components of health and not just the hospital-care to home-care model. Read more

Mobile Healthcare Technology: 9 Questions to Ask Before Going HTML5

Mobile devices are ascending in prominence and gaining more users by the day, and developers are under even more pressure to pick the right hardware platform, software architecture, and development framework... Read more

[Quote] Something No Physician Has Ever Said

"...I'm really excited about all the configuration options in my dictation software..." Read more

[Podcast Series] The UX Power Tools Behind Compelling Software: Part 4

Speed time to market, Get stakeholder buy-in for the big picture, Scope and stand out in new markets. Read more

Microsoft Builds Business Around High Value Experiences

User Experience Fuels Microsoft Business Strategy, Creates New Opportunities for Software Vendors Read more

MacGym: App Works Out Body and Mind

Macadamian Software developers have created a new app called MacGym to make it easier for Macadamian employees to add a little exercise into their workday. Read more

[Podcast Series] The UX Power Tools Behind Compelling Software: Part 3

You don’t understand me! Imagine people shouting these words as they uninstall a poorly designed software application that you created. Read more

Azure, Windows 8.1 Buzzworthy at Microsoft’s 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference

I'm here at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 in Houston to see what's in store for the coming fiscal year. Read more

WebRTC Ottawa Meet-Ups

Are you as interested in WebRTC as we are? Read more

How Interruption Storyboards Improve Electronic Health Records

This is the second installment in our audio podcast mini series titled, EHRs: Secrets of Successful Usability. Read more

[Podcast Series] The UX Power Tools Behind Compelling Software: Experience Maps

[Podcast Series] The UX Power Tools Behind Compelling Software: Part 2 Read more

How to Market Apps in App Stores

How do you make things stand out? Read more

[PHOTO] WebRTC: Transforming Enterprise Communication

We're using WebRTC. Read more

Task-Based Personas: UX Power Tools Part 1

Macadamian UXers explain how task-based personas help software teams create incredible user experiences in part one of this series on UX power tools. Read more

[CEO Insight] WebRTC: Why You Should Care

For the past several months the Macadamian team has been busy travelling around the world to stay on top of all the coolest new technologies. Here's how we're following WebRTC. Read more

Name that App

Can you still identify the apps? Read more

[VIDEO] Electronic Healthcare Records – Vitera Intergy Solution

Vitera Intergy is an iPad based electronic health record application that enables physicians to spend more time on patient care and less on paperwork. Read more

MacHack: 24 Hours, 8 Apps, 1 Intense Competition

We created some amazing applications after 24 hours of nonstop coding. Read more

Macadamian’s Second Annual MacHack

No boring training days here... Read more

Electronic Health Records: Secrets of Successful Usability

How Great EHR User Experience Benefits Patients & Physicians Read more

EHR Usability for Meaningful Use

Electronic Health Records have to comply with Meaningful Use Stage2 usability. What's involved? How much work? Read more

[VIDEO] Macadamian’s Work Culture and Values

Macadamian Values; Be intentional, learning, passion, celebrate, trust, and be nutty. Read more

WebRTC: Top 5 Unified Communications Systems Integration Challenges

WebRTC is looking to be a game changer in terms of its impact on voice and data communications. Read more

The Rainbows & Unicorns of Mobile Design & Development

3 Challenges You Must Overcome to Optimize Mobile Apps Across Platforms Read more

The Amazing Software Scorecard

What's stopping you from getting amazing software out the door? Read more

The UXcellence Continuum

Are you Unenlightened or Celestial? Great UX design can give your company a competitive advantage. Read more

Developers are from Vulcan – Designers are from Wonderland – An audio podcast

SIGN UP to listen to a new exclusive edition of Macadamian's 'UnSalted' audio podcast Read more

3 Recurring Themes from UXCamp Ottawa III

Looking back at the 3 major themes discussed at UXCamp Ottawa Read more

Part 4: The Competitive Advantage of Using User Experience

Looking at companies in the awakening stage of implementing user experience Read more

Part 3: The Competitive Advantage of Using User Experience

Discussing a company in the awakening stage Read more

Part 2: The Competitive Advantage of Using User Experience

Stage one is about the unenlightened Read more

Part 1: The Competitive Advantage of Using User Experience

Introducing the five steps to using user experience to design Read more

4 HTML 5 Frameworks you Need to Know About

There are 4 excellent HTML5 frameworks that can simplify the process of using HTML5 and reduce cross-platform and cross-browser issues. Read more

Do Your Homework Before Porting an iOS app to Android

With the rise of Android’s popularity, product managers with an existing iPhone or iPad product are under pressure to port it to Android. Read more

7 Key Android Concepts

Although the Android platform is open and customizable, Android users have become accustomed to constructs developed by Google for Android devices. Read more

Feature Prioritization Using the Four Quadrant Matrix

A guest post by By Brian Lawley, CEO & Founder, 280 Group. Read more

What Are Patient Demographics?

The definition of patient demographics starts to get polluted with items such as patient and emergency contact information and patient medical record data. There is a very good reason for this concept drift. Read more

Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps – When to Build a Native App

Sometimes, a native application is the best choice for your mobile app. Read more

Detecting Mobile Browser Properties with CSS3 Media Queries

How to use a new feature of CSS3 to detect device properties and better tailor your mobile web apps to specific devices. Read more

Developing Successful Healthcare Software: An Introduction

An introduction to our practical guide on Healthcare software design and architecture. Read more

Sample CCR and CCD XML files

You bought the official CCD standards document, you have a grasp on what the different is between a ClinicalDocument, a StructuredBody and a CCD Component, and now it's time to put it into practice in an XML file. Read more

Android – Theming the Unthemable

How to them the background of the Android options menu items Read more