Users needed for touch-screen project


All of our research depends on asking people to take part in a variety of different ways because without input from users we would never know how useful, useable or relevant the work is. It is not always easy to find the right people to help us out. Currently one of our researchers is in the final phase of developing a system to personalise a mobile device to the specific needs of the owner. We are asking people with low vision or who have difficulty with fine motor control e.g., a slight tremor, to help us test this device in their own homes. We know that the conditions people live with can change throughout the day and over longer periods of time; indeed no one feels the same all the time. It is therefore crucial that we test the product over a reasonable period of time in normal conditions in order to ensure it really does work well and adapt to the needs of each person. The device we are using is a touch-screen tablet which will have 3 applications on it in order to gather data on individual gestures and movements. The applications are a TV Guide; Sodoku and a reminder ‘to do’ list or Diary application. We are particularly keen to find people aged between 18-50 in order to give balance to the range of participants we include in this 6 week study. They need to have experience using a mobile phone and have wifi in their home. Familiarity with using touch-screens would be a bonus but is not essential. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in taking part. We are delighted with the help we are receiving from Fife and Dundee Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired; RNIB Scotland and Parkinson’s UK – all of whom have been very supportive of this work. This study is working towards a PhD. Future work following the PhD involve plans to take the study to the next level and develop similar software for people who are blind. Meanwhile we would love to hear from you if you are willing to be added to our Pool of volunteers and especially if you think you can help with this project. Anyone chosen to take part in this study will be gifted the touch-screen tablet at the end of the study. Contact Marianne by phone, email or freepost.

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Marianne Dee: 01382 388237 By freepost: Freepost RSGT-KRJX-JHBS, Marianne Dee, SiDE Research Assistant, School of Computing, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN