An empirical study on the collaborative usability of age-appropriate smart home interface design

Zhou, C., Zhan, W., Huang, T., Zhao, H. and Kaner, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-7946-7433, 2023. An empirical study on the collaborative usability of age-appropriate smart home interface design. Frontiers in Psychology, 14: 1097834. ISSN 1664-1078

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Introduction: The smart home has become a popular product, but with the development of the aging population, the differentiated characteristics of the elderly smart home products in terms of demand and use are becoming more and more significant. The existing smart products are complicated to operate and cumbersome to interact with, which increases the cognitive load of the elderly group and hinders the daily use and user experience feeling of the elderly. The purpose of this paper is to study the interface data information and interface visual design starting from hardware and software, interface interaction, to explore the better interface data information and interface visual design, and to output, a new prototype of the operating interface of smart home system for the elderly, so that the smart products can be better used by the elderly.

Methods: Thirty-two participants aged 55–75 were invited to conduct the test, and subjective evaluation was conducted at the end of the test. Through the tests, the operability of the prototype structure for smart furniture systems for the elderly was demonstrated.

Results: In terms of functionality a new task based on a combination of icons and text is proposed. In the control of devices, the switching status of devices, etc., needs to be clearly distinguished visually, eye-protective bright colors are used, paired with low saturation to highlight the focus, and high bright colors with gray to distinguish the device status. In terms of the density of the content, an appropriate proportion of images and text were used to make the information less dense. ln the arrangement of web content, information content relevant to users was placed first as much as possible.

Discussion: Based on this, a secondary optimal design was carried out to improve the interactive design of the smart home for the elderly and output it as a prototype interactive interface. Thus, the operability, rationality, and aesthetic comfort of the prototype design of smart home interaction in an age-friendly scenario are improved, allowing the elderly to have a better experience when using the smart home.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Frontiers in Psychology
Creators: Zhou, C., Zhan, W., Huang, T., Zhao, H. and Kaner, J.
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Date: 3 August 2023
Volume: 14
ISSN: 1664-1078
Rights: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham School of Art & Design
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 28 Nov 2023 08:58
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2023 08:58

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