An End User and Environment Field Study for an Inclusive Design of Consumer Products

  • Thomas Fiddian
  • Chris Bowden
  • Mark Magennis
  • Antoinette Fennell
  • Joshue O’ Connor
  • Pierre T. Kirisci
  • Yehya Mohamad
  • Michael Lawo
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-21619-0_55

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6764)
Cite this paper as:
Fiddian T. et al. (2011) An End User and Environment Field Study for an Inclusive Design of Consumer Products. In: Jacko J.A. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction. Users and Applications. HCI 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6764. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

In this paper an approach to improve the design of every day consumer products for inclusive design with a focus on elderly people with mild to medium physical and sensory impairments is presented. As mainstream manufactures do not have a detailed understanding of the needs of this target group the idea is to use a Virtual Human Model that covers these impairments. A Virtual Laboratory with three design phases is the approach to allow designers to plan and evaluate the user interfaces of their products. The paper gives a state of the art and presents the Virtual User Model as a mixture of human and environment context. In this paper we present results of an detailed ethnographic study. The research carried out on a group of 58 elderly people from the UK, Ireland and Germany who had a range of three mild-to-medium impairments; hearing, vision and manual dexterity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Fiddian
    • 1
  • Chris Bowden
    • 1
  • Mark Magennis
    • 1
  • Antoinette Fennell
    • 2
  • Joshue O’ Connor
    • 2
  • Pierre T. Kirisci
    • 4
  • Yehya Mohamad
    • 3
  • Michael Lawo
    • 4
  1. 1.The Royal National Institute for Deaf People LBG (RNID)LondonUK
  2. 2.National Council for the Blind (NCBI)UK
  3. 3.Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT)UK
  4. 4.Universität BremenUK

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