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Mobile touch interfaces for the elderly

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posted on 29.08.2008 by Roger Stone
Elderly people are not averse to buying and using electronic gadgets. However regarding certain devices there is a persistent complaint about the "buttons being too small". Therefore the arrival of mobile touch devices like the iPhone and iPod Touch should be able to circumvent that problem because the button size and arrangement is under software control. However these devices have some accessibility issues which are identified. The accessibility issues stem from the one-size-fits-all concept. A solution is proposed which involves having a range of interface styles. A new user gesture called the shake is proposed to switch between interface styles. A separate investigation is made into the different possibilities for free-text entry.

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  • Science

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  • Computer Science

Citation

STONE, R.G., 2008. Mobile touch interfaces for the elderly. IN: Bradley, G. (ed.). Proceedings of ICT, Society and Human Beings 2008, 22-24 July, Amsterdam

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© International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS)

Publication date

2008

Notes

This is a conference paper. Further details about the conference are available at: http://www.ict-conf.org/2008/

ISBN

9789728924614

Language

en

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