People have very different skills and capabilities. So how can we create interfaces that adapt to their abilities?
Researchers are exploring how to create software applications that respond to the user and make it easier for them to enjoy technology. For example, if a person with Parkinson’s Disease suffers from hand tremors, the interface can adjust misplaced taps and touches based on knowledge of their condition.
Prototypes have been created with guidance from the SiDE User Pool that build up a detailed model of the user, and vary the interface based on how they are performing at any given time. Personal preferences are shared between multiple pieces of software, re-shaping every application the person uses in a way that suits their specific needs, as well as their device and their environment.
Current projects include an adaptive TV guide, and software that allows users to find their way around buildings.
Kyle Montague (firstname.lastname@example.org)