In the months since I designed the first Brili mockups using Keynote presentation software, and then subsequently as we developed the much nicer designs developed with TailoredUX, we've had a lot of kids and parents check it out and give us their feedback. But until our intrepid software engineer Kyle got his hands on it, we never had a functional version of Brili with timers, sliding cards and points that actually work.
I'm very happy to share that that changed at 06:59:51 this morning when my son Leo woke up and tapped the "Let's Go!" button in Brili on his iPad.
I was reminded right away of why field testing with real kids is critical. Leo didn't see an immediate response from Brili, so he tapped the button a couple more times, which somehow started a couple of tasks simultaneously and stacked two routines end-to-end in his timeline.
Yikes! That's not supposed to happen. I logged Issue BH-241 in our tracking system for Kyle to fix before other kids run into this.
As Leo got dressed, I re-set the app to restore its normal state. 2 minutes, 22 seconds later, a fully dressed 10-year-old burst out of his room to look at the iPad to find out what was next.
"Eat breakfast," he read. He bolted to the kitchen.
Leo proceeded to blast through his morning routine faster and more thoroughly than we've ever seen him do it before.
The only task Leo fell behind on was "Put lunch in school bag", and that was only because he couldn't find his lunch in the fridge. This turned out to be because his stepmom, Stasha, had already put it into his bag for him.
Upon discovering this, he said to her, "Thanks, Stasha, but I can do this on my own next time."
Though Leo was just swiping cards in the app when he completed an item, the system was collecting detailed data. With a bit of charting magic, here's what his routine looked like:
Leo started the timer on a task automatically when he marked the last one as complete by swiping into the pile. He could see the estimated duration I had guessed at for each task, and was having a blast racing against it. As you can see, he got through all of his morning routine tasks much faster than I had estimated and was able to maximize his play time.
Here's a another way of visualizing Leo's successful routine, making easier to see which tasks Leo completed with durations differing from my estimates:
Cool, eh? :-)
The Brili Plus and Brili Pro plans will include this kind of reporting for parents to track kids' improvement over time and help them figure out when their child is ready to take on more responsibility.
Of course, it's not just about doing everything faster. We'll also be building in optional "minimum time" values to make sure, for instance, that enough time is being spent on teeth brushing. We are also planning functionality to optionally let parents approve, or at least spot-check, that tasks are being properly completed.
Overall, I'm really excited about the initial results we saw with Leo. He loved it, and it was like he had sprouted a set of rocket boosters, with all of his focus clearly on his priority tasks and maximizing his free time.
More to come!