Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Firms urged to back design talent

Excellent ergonomic designs for everyday problems ...

"Design students who create products for disabled people are hoping to attract the attention of manufacturers at an exhibition in London this week.

Among the ideas are user-friendly central heating timers and phones, and storage for those with limited reach.

Mr Goodland conducted research among people aged over 65. He found that items which were the most difficult to use were video recorders, vacuum cleaners, central heating timers and telephones. He decided to concentrate on timers and phones because both are vital to a person's well-being. Among telephone users, he found the most common problem was dialling.

In order to overcome this he designed a photo frame holder into which pictures of the person whose number is required can be inserted. The user simply has to tap the photo or the holder in order to dial the correct number."   continued ...   (Via BBC NEWS)

Picture Phone - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Picture Phone.

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