Most of us have experienced the frustration of not knowing what to order in a Chinese restaurant, due to limited information on their menus, and as a result, end up choosing the typical “Chicken Chow Mein” dish over and over. To solve this dilemma, we developed Dining Menu, a web based application that displays additional information of local Chinese restaurant menu items, to help consumers to be more informed before they decide on their order. Specifically, our web app supports filtering capabilities, displays ingredients used in a menu item, as well as other health and allergy related information, and can be accessed anywhere and anytime.
Boeing is continuously looking for ways to enhance the customer journey at its Customer Experience Center (“CEC”), where aircraft priced at hundreds of millions of dollars are marketed to airline executives worldwide. At the CEC, customers are given a tour of airliner mockups, which relies heavily on verbal descriptions, limiting the amount of information that can be communicated. For our project, we conceptualized and prototyped a location-aware application for client use throughout the tour. This app will provide customers detailed descriptions of Boeing aircraft by seamlessly transmitting information tailored for specific airlines relative to the user’s location within the tour. Utilizing a combination of Wi-Fi triangulation, Geofencing, and NFC technologies, the intuitive user interface displays images of alternate interiors layouts, configurations for lighting, colors and setups, as well as data such as fuel prices and measurements automatically relevant to the user’s location. Creating a seamless way to share information.
As Costco’s business expands at a rapid pace, new lines of business result in added complexity for their information systems. As a result, the inter-connection between different lines of business has been obscured, and systems isolation has increased across the organization. Our project established inter-connectivity among different entities using an Enterprise Architecture Model. We focused on technology aspects like security, infrastructure, and information, mapping these elements to suitable components within the lines of business.
Ordering a drink in a busy bar is stressful, time-‐consuming and claustrophobic. With Fastab, users order drinks from their mobile phones and receive push notifications when their orders are ready. This eliminates the need to wait in line and compete for the bartender’s attention. Because payments and tips are sent through Fastab, bartenders can spend more time making drinks and serving customers, and less time processing payments. After surveying 75 customers who frequent bars, 47% of them felt that their favorite bars were inadequately staffed. Fastab’s improved efficiency alleviates this pain point without the need for additional staffing. While Fastab is designed for bar environments, there are several other applications for the technology including restaurants, nightclubs and sports arenas.
Fighting Words is a collaboration with students and faculty from the Theater, and Film and Media Arts departments at the University of Utah. Actors performed dramatic readings of quotes from American Revolutionary War pamphlets printed on both sides of the Atlantic. This project brought students into the library where they experienced rare books through their own disciplines. Videos of the dramatic readings accompany text and images from the original books on a multimedia website, www.fightingwordsonline.org. Viewers are guided through the exhibition in chronological order, learning about the origins, conflicts, and ultimate conclusions of the American Revolution from the words of the people who lived it. A dynamic website connects users to material and facilitates experiences with rare books outside the library.
The Seattle Interactive Media Museum (SIMM) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to being the leading reference institution in archiving and exhibiting the ever-evolving world of digital interactivity to the public. Designed for curious amateurs as well as industry professionals and academics, the SIMM has several goals: 1) housing interactive exhibits that showcase both the history and future of interactive media, including a walk-through history of video gaming, 2) developing and maintaining the world’s largest physical and online collection of artifacts from the interactive media realm and 3) providing a comprehensive and publicly available online library of interactive artifacts. These goals are backed by a state-of-the-art cataloging and collection system co-developed by the SIMM and a graduate studies program at the UW’s iSchool.
The Fluke Corporation is a fast growing company with many factories, each of which have their own reporting methods and terminology used in daily work and reporting. This siloed environment has caused inefficiencies for employees who frequently rotate assignments to different areas of the business. The Fluke Taxonomy Project was initiated to define taxonomy for the Fluke Operations function and develop a taxonomy template for other functions within Fluke to use. The goal of the taxonomy is to drive toward a common language that would help better unify the corporation. The taxonomy would also serve as a structural taxonomy in terms of development of a common reporting and information management portal. The project identified many recommendations to make Fluke more efficient.
UW Libraries’ Special Collections houses numerous rare collections, including a one-of-a-kind photo album detailing the construction of Seattle’s iconic Smith Tower. However, many students and researchers know nothing of the valuable resources in Special Collections. To raise awareness and spark the community’s interest in its unique offerings, Special Collections enlisted our help. Knowing the power of advertising’s most multi-sensory medium, we chose a novel approach to solve Special Collections’ marketing need. We wrote a documentary script about the facts, myths, and stories surrounding the Smith Tower. The script, which has been delivered to KCTS (Seattle’s local Public Broadcasting Station) for potential production, incorporates images and video from Special Collections. The planned documentary will highlight the rare photographs, footage, and ephemera available in Special Collections, bringing increased visibility to Special Collections and the University of Washington.
UW Medicine’s data centers are located in a ten mile radius within the Puget Sound area, and could be impacted by the same disaster. Our project is helping the IT Services Data Center team prepare for a remote DR site to improve information assurance. By applying HIPAA DR guidelines to refine and document backup, monitoring, and data center DR processes; ongoing efforts for process improvement that address continuously evolving technology, and an increasing dependency on IT for quality patient care can be assured. This will result in increased systems availability enabling UW clinicians to provide the best healthcare when it’s needed most.
Until now, security staff at a Seattle-based financial software and services company have spent a great deal of time and energy collecting and processing enormous volumes of security log data from a variety of data sources on our networks. This reduces the time we have to analyze the data and remediate risks that we uncover. The Fovea tool automates the collection and processing stages, allowing us to focus on analyzing the data and acting on the results. Fovea has already produced significant findings: we have begun geomapping unusual connections, and found traffic from unexpected places. We have discovered numerous network configuration errors that increase our risk exposure. Most importantly, we cross-referenced our traffic with the FBI’s database of known hacktivist threats, and discovered that we are a target. As Fovea grows in capability and complexity, we believe it will continue to demonstrate the value of collecting and analyzing security log data to improve situational awareness.