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Titre du Document
Notebook input devices put to the age test : the usability of trackpoint and touchpad for middle-aged adults
Auteur(s)
ARMBRÜSTER C. ; SUTTER C. ; ZIEFLE M.
Résumé
In two experiments, the usability of input devices integrated into computer notebooks was under study. The most common input devices, touchpad (experiment 1) and trackpoint (experiment 2) were examined. So far, the evaluation of mobile input devices has been restricted to younger users. However, due to ongoing demographic change, the main target group of mobile devices will be older users. Therefore, the present study focused on ageing effects. A total of 14 middle-aged (40-65 years) and 20 younger (20-32 years) users were compared regarding speed and accuracy of cursor control in a point-click and a point-drag-drop task. Moreover, the effects of training were addressed by examining the performance increase over time. In total, 640 trials per task and input device were executed. The results show that ageing is a central factor to be considered in input device design. Middle-aged users were significantly slower than younger users when executing the different tasks. Over time, a significant training effect was observed for both devices and both age groups, although the benefit of training was greater for the middle-aged group. Generally, the touchpad performance was higher than the trackpoint performance in both age groups, but the age-related performance decrements were less distinct when using the touchpad.
Editeur
Taylor & Francis; Taylor & Francis
Identifiant
PMID : 17536778 ISSN : 0014-0139 CODEN : ERGOAX
Source
Ergonomics A. 2007, vol. 50, n° 3, pp. 426-445 [20 pages] [bibl. : 2 p.1/4]
Langue
Anglais
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