1st Edition

Advances in Usability Evaluation Part I

Edited By Marcelo M. Soares, Francesco Rebelo Copyright 2012
    680 Pages
    by CRC Press

    686 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Successful interaction with products, tools, and technologies depends on usable designs, accommodating the needs of potential users and does not require costly training. In this context, Advances in Usability Evaluation Part I discusses emerging concepts, theories, and applications of human factors knowledge focusing on the discovery and understanding of human interaction with products and systems for their improvement.

    The book covers devices and their interfaces, focusing on optimization of user devices and emphasizing visual and haptic feedback. It then discusses user studies, exploring the limits and capabilities of special populations, particularly the elderly, which can influence the design. It also examines the effect of changes in force and kinematics, physiology, cognitive performance, in the design of consumer products, tools and workplaces.

    Examining a variety of user-centered evaluation approaches, the concluding chapters details methods for developing products that can improve safety and human performance and at same time, the efficiency of the system. It reports on usability evaluations for different kinds of products and technologies, particularly for cellular phones, earphones, earphone controls, mattresses and pillows, package and professional tools, and service systems. The book provides new methods that enhance performance, expand capabilities, and optimize the fit between people and technology.

    Section I: Devices and Their User Interfaces; Chapter 1: Improving Small Visual Displays for Low Vision Users; Chapter 2: Design of Steering Torque Feedback in a Fixed-base Driving Simulator and Its Validation; Chapter 3: Design of a Touch-based User Interface for Naval Command & Control and Comparison with a Current Onboard System in a Scenario-based Usability Test; Chapter 4: Study of the Relation “Action and Command” to the Interior of an Automobile; Chapter 5: Empirical Investigation of Conflict and Interference within Haptic Controlled Human-Excavator Interface; Section II: User Studies; Chapter 6: Relationship among Fall-Related Self-Efficacy, Activities of Daily Living and Fall Risk in the Elderly; Chapter 7: Accident Characteristics and Safety Measures for Aging Workers in Korea; Chapter 8: Multi-scale Entropy Analysis for Evaluating the Balance of the Flatfeet; Chapter 9: Academics, Life Experiences, and Symptoms of ADHD and ODD; Chapter 10: Age Differences in Postural Strategies for Low Forward Reach; Chapter 11: An Application of Ballistic Movement Models for Comparing Ageing Differences While Interacting with a Touchscreen; Chapter 12: The Impact of Soldiers' Age on Balance; Chapter 13: Cure Performance and Usability Evaluation of Electro-conductive Textiles Based on Healthcare Clothing System with TENS for the Elderly; Chapter 14: Investigating the Primary Factors of Post-Sale Service to Enhance Service Quality for Mobile Communication Devices; Chapter 15: A Study of Establishing Demand Assessment and Support Network of Elderly Fall-Prevention System; Chapter 16: Reducing Ergonomic Injuries for Librarians Using a Participatory Approach; Chapter 17: Usability in the Opening of Soft Drinks Packagings: Age Influence in Biomechanical Forces; Chapter 18: Laterality and Usability: Biomechanical Aspects in Prehension Strength; Chapter 19: Innovative Long-distance Interaction between Elderly and Their Beloved Young Children Using a Kinect-based Exercise Game; Chapter 20: Ergonomics and the Environment for the Elderly; Chapter 21: (Less than) Perfect Aging; Chapter 22: A Comparison Study of the Effects on Road Crossing Behavior between Normal and Parkinson Disease; Chapter 23: Glare Sensitivity of Pilots with Different Ages and Its Effects on Visual Performance of Nighttime Flying; Chapter 24: Training Standing Balance in Older Adults Using Physical Activity Controlled Games: A Comparison Study; Chapter 25: Cognitive Performance and Age; Chapter 26: An Attempt to Model Three-dimensional Arm Movement Time; Chapter 27: Workplace Solutions for Elderly Workers; Chapter 28: Survey Report of Recent Researches on Usability Evaluation for Elderly People in Japan; Chapter 29: Upper Extremity Interaction Modeling for Persons with Advanced Osteoarthritis; Chapter 30: Ergonomic Analysis to Support Surgery-Averse Individuals that Live with Chronic Pain; Chapter 31: Digital Tablets as a Tool for Digital Inclusion of Elderly People; Chapter 32: Comparing Muscle Activity and Younger and Older Users' Perceptions of Comfort When Using Sheet Switches for Electrical Appliances; Chapter 33: Anthropometric Lot Sizing of Garments; Chapter 34: A Study on Development of the Korean Stress Model for Industrial Accident Prevention -Focused on the Married Workers-; Chapter 35: Study the Variability of Anthropometric Measurements of Women's Feet Laser; Chapter 36: Work Posture Assessment of Computer Users using CARULA; Chapter 37: Factors That Lead to an Early Decline of Road Traffic Fatalities in China; Chapter 38: The Effect on Physiology from Different LED Lighting; Chapter 39: Effects of Evening LED Lighting of Different CS/P on Human Subjective and Objective Perceptions; Section III: Product Design and Evaluation; Chapter 40: An Analysis Framework of User Oriented Systems for Call Center Services in Telecommunication; Chapter 41: Investigating the Interface Usability of Bluetooth Earphone Controls; Chapter 42: Evaluation of Grip Strength in Children: the Ergonomic Design Used in the Development of Secure Lids for Packaging; Chapter 43: Perception of Products by Different Levels of Integration: A Study with Pruning Shears; Chapter 44: Evaluation of Manual Torque Forces in Simulated Activities with Brazilian Adults of Different Genders and Age Groups: Ergonomic Design of Faucets; Chapter 45: An Ergonomic Look at the Open Plan Office; Chapter 46: Pulling Strength with Pinch Grips: A Variable for Product Design; Chapter 47: Evaluation of an Interactive Graphic Interface for Mobile Financial Services; Chapter 48: The Design and Evaluation of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Enabled Inpatient Safety Management System; Chapter 49: The First Time We Never Forget: Product Evaluation in the Context of First Usage; Chapter 50: Parameters for Evaluating the Usability of the Platform Lift; Chapter 51: Usability Testing as a Systematic Tool for Product Performance Valuation During Design Process of an Ischial Support; Chapter 52: The Development of a Device Selection Model for Wireless Computing Devices in High Consequence Emergency Management; Chapter 53: Assessment Tests for Mattresses and Pillows as Tools of the Ergonomic Conditions Diagnosis; Chapter 54: Usage Problems and Improvement Needs of the Clinical Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Devices in Taiwan: A Pilot Study; Chapter 55: Usability of Automotive Integrated Switch System using Face Direction; Chapter 56: Effects of Automotive Switch Type and Location on Usability and Visual Time off Road; 57: Development of Similarity Measures by Extracting Design Features of a Shoe Last; 58: Design and Assessment of Digital Drawing System for Children Gesture Movement with Visual Interface Feedback; 59: An Evaluation Tool the Subject / the Pointing Device Pair; 60: Effects of Seat and Handgrips Adjustments on a Hand Bike Vehicle. An Ergonomic and Aerodynamic Study for a Quantitative Assessment of Paralympics Athlete's performance; 61: Ergonomics and Design as Tools on the Risk Management; 62: Design a Force Platform for Measuring Center of Pressure (COP) Signal; 63: Ergonomics and Inclusivity Present in the Visual Communication Design Project; 64: Glazed Tile Surfaces as Perceptual Cues in Space Recognition and Urban Design; 65: Breast Design: The Role of Ergonomic Underwear during Lifetime; 66: The Importance of Integrating Perceived Affordances and Hazard Perception in Package Design; 67: A Case Study of Creating Public Space for People with Disabilities; 68: The Use of Reverse Engineering Development of Cranial prosthesis for Thermal Spray; Chapter 69: Usability Evaluation of Touchscreen Phone in Emergency Context


    Marcelo M. Soares, Francisco Rebelo