The CoffeeLab is a user testing facility that is sometimes mobile, sometimes permanent, run by Computer interaction specialists from several universities including University of Toronto, Ryerson University, OCAD University, Waterloo University, Kings College London, and Southampton University UK.
The technologies we originally began working with were based out of human computer interaction research labs at these universities. The CoffeeLab was formed to provide a new environment for conducting evaluations on technology. Moving out of the university research lab and into the public usability sphere has been the missing piece of the evaluation puzzle, bringing the systems that were developed to be used to the people they were developed for.
Our first location at the Sideshow Cafe in Toronto set the stage for a model of user evaluations that has begun to spread worldwide. Still at the early stages of its development, the public usability evaluation model is now taking hold as a standard for studying new technologies at early stages of research and development. Employing the fundamental principles of human computer interaction research, public usability is the new standard in evaluation.
We work with psychologists, sociologists, engineers, programmers, graphic designers, industrial engineers, artists, musicians, and historians to develop scenarios, technologies, and interactions that represent the future of computing today.
Watch this site as we grow and expand our network of researchers, companies, partners, and developers globally!