Portable Labs

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Usability and HCI researchers often need to film their subjects on site, investigating real-world situations and providing immediate feedback.
Our portable filming labs have everything you need in a small lightweight case. You can record, analyse and present your results there and then.

How it Works

Travel to your testing site with a single suitcase (your lab.) and a laptop.
Plug in the Portable lab, attach your laptop and user's computer.
Record the user's behaviour, computer screen and verbalisations onto a single digital recording at the touch of a button.
Code, analyse and create highlight clips from your recording in The Observer XT.

Features and Benefits

Feature Benefit
Each lab has hardwired audio and video recording with a single power supply.Easy to set up & use
Simply plug in the lab, connect your laptop and record.Your footage is ready to analyse immediately.
Capture the user and their interface in the same movie in any situation.Reduce your analysis time.
Typical dimensions are 60cm x 40cm x 15cm, weighing about 11Kg, supplied in case designed for travelling.Easy to transport and set up virtually anywhere!
Typical labs contain a mini tripod camera, computer screen recorder, microphones and a laptopGet the footage whatever the application.


These are the options available for this product:

Option Purpose
Mobile Device CameraRecord footage of handheld devices in use e.g phones or PDAs
Portable Lab for UsabilityRecord participants screen and behaviour
Portable Lab for PsychologyRecord behavioural interactions with two IP cameras
Physiological measurementAdd heart rate or galvanic skin response data


Here are some of the many scenarios which have used Portable Labs:

HCI researchers
studying interface design
Usability companies
evaluating products
record behavioural interactions on-site
Education researchers
study interactions in the classroom

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