Easy Handheld Training: Interactive Self-learning App for Elderly Smartphone Novices

  • Yosuke Toyota
  • Daisuke Sato
  • Tsuneo Kato
  • Hironobu Takagi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8515)


Smartphones have great potential for elderly people to enrich their lives. Elderly people, however, hesitate to use smartphones compared to younger people due to several factors such as anxieties about the difficulties of unfamiliar devices and the lack of daily assistance. Moreover, a conventional research reported that elderly IT novices struggled with basic operations in the first stage. Hence, we tried to find the common issues faced by the elderly with no previous smartphone experience and then created an interactive self-learning application (app) of the basic smartphone operations. Our demonstration app was designed to give "hands-on" experience by using integrated real videos. Results of usability testing showed that the subjects easily learned by themselves how to operate the smartphones without background information. The subjective evaluation results showed that the app engaged the interest of the subjects and also gave them confidence about acquiring operational skills by themselves.


Interactive self-learning app real videos elderly people user interfaces smartphones 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yosuke Toyota
    • 1
  • Daisuke Sato
    • 2
  • Tsuneo Kato
    • 1
  • Hironobu Takagi
    • 2
  1. 1.KDDI R&D Laboratories, Inc.FujiminoJapan
  2. 2.IBM Research - TokyoKoto-kuJapan

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