Your first experience is probably going to be your worst.

An Oculus Quest 2 headset with its two controllers
An Oculus Quest 2 headset with its two controllers
My recently purchased Oculus Quest 2

Recently, following a class I took on Product Innovation Through Emerging Technologies facilitated through Emeritus and NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, I decided that I wanted to continue my journey as a UX practitioner by exploring virtual reality (VR) products. My first step? Buy an Oculus Quest 2 headset.

While there are a few good VR headsets out there, I chose this one due to its affordable price, wireless functionality and availability of a link cable that would also open up a large list of Windows PC VR titles.

And while I’ll say that the unboxing and initial pairing experience…


A UX Diary Study on Evaluating the Effect of Expressed Feelings on Subsequent Viewing Habits

A hand holding a TV remote while watching shows on a streaming service on Television.
A hand holding a TV remote while watching shows on a streaming service on Television.
So many options…but what to watch?

It all began with an assumption and a question.

As the pandemic ranges on — with movie theaters, concerts and other live events risky at best — people craving entertainment likely rely on the variety of streaming services at their disposal even more. Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, YouTube and Peacock are only a few of the many options that vie for our daily attention.

But, considering the various auto-magical algorithms on these services that push a never-ending stream of options to us, why do we choose to watch something new? …


Hey DoorDash…so how does one order from more than one restaurant at the same time?

Unfortunately, you can’t. At least not yet.

Seven weeks ago, I began a journey to (at least my slightly younger self hoped) figure that out. DoorDash, one of the most well-known food delivery service apps that is available in more than 850 cities nationwide, assumes that I want to order from just one restaurant.

But what if I want Chicken Koobideh for dinner and and a pint of Netflix and Chill’d for desert? …

Larry Pelty

VP of UX @ Smith & Associates, fearless father, gadget lover, Mac geek, fitness fanatic, purveyor of fortune cookie wisdom and occasional world traveler.

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