Testing an "Intuitive" Microwave Interface with Younger and Older People

Testing an "Intuitive" Microwave Interface with Younger and Older People

 

Through previous work we have established that intuitive interaction is based on past experience. Using a design tool for intuitive use developed by PAS Lab researchers, a group of postgraduate students re-designed a microwave interface. The new and original microwave interfaces were prototyped on a touch screen and tested on three different age groups. It was found that the new design was more intuitive and rated by participants as more familiar, but did not result in faster or more accurate use. Also, older people used both interfaces more slowly, less intuitively and less accurately. In addition, cognitive measures were used to ascertain that aspects of age-related cognitive decline are more important for fast and accurate interface use than age itself.

 

People and partners

Professor Vesna Popovic

Professor Vesna Popovic

PASLab Leader, Creative Industries Faculty, School of Design Office, Industrial Design

Associate Professor Thea Blackler

Associate Professor Thea Blackler

Associate Professor, Creative Industries Faculty, School of Design Office, Industrial Design

 

Professor Doug Mahar

Professor Doug Mahar

Professor, Head of School, School of Social Sciences, University of Sunshine Coast

Dr Rafael Gomez

Dr Rafael Gomez

Lecturer (ECARD), Creative Industries Faculty, School of Design Office, Industrial Design