Investigating the usability of PDAs with ageing users

S McCarthy, HM Sayers, P McKevitt

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Abstract

Mobile technologies have the potential to enhance the lives of ageing users, especially those who experience a decline in cognitive abilities. However, diminutive devices often perplex the aged and many HCI problems exist. This research ultimately aims to develop a mobile reminiscent application for ageing users entitled Memory Lane. This application will use artificial intelligent techniques to compose and convey excerpts from a lifetime’s memories to the user in a multimodal storytelling format. The proposed deployment platform for MemoryLane is a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). The initial stage of this research, a HCI pilot study was recently conducted with a sample of ageing users, the study aimed to investigate the usability of a PDA. This paper documents the methodologies employed in this pilot study and its subsequent results. The next stages of the research are also identified and discussed.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
EditorsD Ramduny-Ellis, D Rachovides
Place of PublicationSwinton, England
Pages67-70
Number of pages4
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2007
EventProc. of the 21st British Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Group Conference on People and Computers: HCI...but not as we know it (HCI 2007) - University of Lancaster, Lancaster, England
Duration: 3 Sep 2007 → …

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ConferenceProc. of the 21st British Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Group Conference on People and Computers: HCI...but not as we know it (HCI 2007)
Period3/09/07 → …

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Personal digital assistants
Aging of materials
Human computer interaction
Data storage equipment

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McCarthy, S., Sayers, HM., & McKevitt, P. (2007). Investigating the usability of PDAs with ageing users. In D. Ramduny-Ellis, & D. Rachovides (Eds.), Unknown Host Publication (Vol. 2, pp. 67-70). Swinton, England.
McCarthy, S ; Sayers, HM ; McKevitt, P. / Investigating the usability of PDAs with ageing users. Unknown Host Publication. editor / D Ramduny-Ellis ; D Rachovides. Vol. 2 Swinton, England, 2007. pp. 67-70
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McCarthy S, Sayers HM, McKevitt P. Investigating the usability of PDAs with ageing users. In Ramduny-Ellis D, Rachovides D, editors, Unknown Host Publication. Vol. 2. Swinton, England. 2007. p. 67-70