William Yee A35216346 October 22, 2007 TC 462B Designing a New Mobile Application: Summary of the S-Mart Mobile Application From the member of Team Sparty, introducing the latest application for Cellular technology as of October 2007 is the S-Mart Mobile, the application for making the best economic budget for your shopping need. This amazing groupware use will assist the user(s) in making the best shopping decisions based on prices, quality, and quantity where ever they may be, thanks to the implement of cellular and internet capabilities. Via S-Mart, from the location the cell phone is at, the user can compare a particular store item with another shopping area with a similar product. Doing so is by simply entering a keyword and search, or if provided a built-in camera, the ability to image capture and sending it to S-Mart as it will search for related image based information. Moreover, the user can compare prices based on the store price listings, or look at the quality of the product based on an online review and rating’s system. Of course, keeping the application up-to-date is a difficult task, thus would be beneficial for the product selling companies to establish a connection between the program and itself in order to achieve such task. In addition, S-Mart would allow them to advertise their items with descriptions and store listings. Users can also keep the application up-to-date easily by accessing S-Mart online from their computers and describe several items with the review and rating’s system so that everyone achieves the best deals. Using S-Mart on your cellular phone is as simple as searching for a product online on your computer. First, the user shall obtain an internet connection with your cellular phone and choose the S-Mart application. Once it loads and established a connection, S-Mart will immediately search for the cellular phone’s location through Global Positioning System. When the GPS spotted the user’s location, one can utilize several options to promote a better shopping experience. For example, the ability to search and compare items, read product reviews, create-a-shopping list program, and built-in Google Map to find other stores (see Fig.1). To demonstrate, say the user found this amazing High Definition Television at Best Buy for $2000. Now, it is possible that one could buy it immediately, but with Fig.1: S-Mart Layout on an iPhone S-Mart opens more doors. Using the application, the user noticed that the product has a good rating and has pleased many customers. In addition, the search found a similar item at two other electronic stores, but with different prices. Store #2 provided the same features and equipment as Best Buy, but at a lower price. Store #3 also has the same features and equipment, but with an added Blu-Ray Disc player at a slightly higher cost. Though S-Mart will not directly decide which product you should purchase, the service provided will surely assist you at best as possible. In relate to Jonathan Grudin’s Eight Problems in CSCW applications, S-Mart is by no means the perfect CSCW application. Listed below is the comparison of Grudin’s Eight Problems in CSCW applications and how it applies to the S-Mart mobile application: 1. Possible disparity in work and benefit – Users who rates and reviews products or the company’s products may or may not receive the full benefits. 2. Low critical mass and possible scenario of Prisoner’s Dilemma – Depending on how the person shops will depend whether the S-Mart application will be used. Possible application failure. 3. Low disruption of social processes – Searching for cheaper products is a norm in most societies, which in turn to use S-Mart to achieve that norm. 4. Exceptional handling – The ability for the public to review and rate products increases group activity as well as providing information for buyers. 5. Low unobtrusive accessibility – Application is straight-forward as its only goal is to improve the shopping experience. 6. Low difficulty of evaluation – S-Mart will teach users how to shop efficiency and hopefully create reliability. 7. Possible failure of intuition – Not everyone will use the application or information maybe incorrect, thus odd management could occur as well as errors. 8. Ease of adoption process – S-Mart can be used by anyone willing to shop for better deals.