Operational assistance for elderly people using a rhythm system

Hiroko Akatsu, Akinori Komatsubara

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    Abstract

    Information Technology machines as MFPs (Multiple Function Printers) and ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) with complicated functions require better user assistance, particularly for elderly people. It is necessary to reduce psychological loads such as a sense of insecurity or impatience in operation, as well as the cognitive load. This study focuses on enhanced operational rhythm to reduce psychological load on the elderly when using MFPs, which require the user to navigate between quite a few settings. Evaluation was carried out by observing elderly subjects and middle-aged subjects using MFP interfaces whilst hearing an audio rhythm at a Tempo of 40, 60 and 120 bpm (beats per minute). The number of operational errors and overall time taken to complete the task were recorded, along with subjective evaluation via interviews with the subjects. The results showed that elderly subjects tended to operate in accordance with the operational rhythm. On the other hand, middle-aged subjects tended to operate at their own rhythm.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population: Healthy and Active Aging - 2nd International Conference, ITAP 2016 and Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Pages269-276
    Number of pages8
    Volume9755
    ISBN (Print)9783319399485
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event2nd International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2016 and held as a part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016 - Toronto, Canada
    Duration: 2016 Jul 172016 Jul 22

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume9755
    ISSN (Print)03029743
    ISSN (Electronic)16113349

    Other

    Other2nd International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2016 and held as a part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016
    CountryCanada
    CityToronto
    Period16/7/1716/7/22

    Keywords

    • Elderly people
    • MFP interface design
    • Operational assistance
    • Usability

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science(all)
    • Theoretical Computer Science

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