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Usability Considerations in the Design of Handheld Electronic Devices

Usability Considerations in the Design of Handheld Electronic Devices

Gupta, S. P., Keates, S. and Clarkson, P. J. (2003) Usability Considerations in the Design of Handheld Electronic Devices. In: DS 31: Proceedings of ICED 03, the 14th International Conference on Engineering Design, Stockholm: Innovation. The Design Society, Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 117-118. ISBN 1-904670-00-8

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Abstract

Many handheld electronic devices such as cellular phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs)
and TV/video remote controls have become a part our daily life; and in recent years there has
been competition amongst manufacturers to introduce increasingly compact forms of these
products. Consequently, their sizes are decreasing gradually to palm size or smaller and the
user-interface is becoming more difficult to interact with. Many of these products are not
accessible to large sections of the population because the diversity in user capabilities and
requirements was not accounted for during the design process. One reason for this is the lack
of proper design guidelines to take account of the needs and expectations of a wider range of
users. This paper focuses on the necessity of adopting inclusive design approaches in the
design of handheld devices, describes some important design issues pertinent to these devices
in general and finally aims to give a broad range of solutions that the designers can apply in a
wide variety of circumstances when designing handheld electronic devices.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: DS 31: Proceedings of ICED 03, the 14th International Conference on Engineering Design, Stockholm: Innovation
Additional Information: [1] Full paper no.: DS31_1112FPB [2] Pages: 117-118 (exec.summ.) [3] International conference on engineering design ICED 03 was held in Stockholm, Sweden 19-21 August 2003 [4] Acknowledgments (funding): The authors wish to thank the British Council, the Cambridge Overseas Trust and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for funding this research.
Uncontrolled Keywords: usability considerations design of handheld electronic devices, handheld devices, ergonomics, human factor, man-machine interface
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12947

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