Characteristics of comfortable sheet switches on control panels of electrical appliances: Comparison using older and younger users

Yasuhiro Tanaka, Yuka Yamazaki, Masahiko Sakata, Miwa Nakanishi

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Abstract

This study focuses on sheet switches, which are among the most common user interfaces in electrical appliances, and explores the comfort level required by elderly users. Touching a switch is a common action in our daily lives; however, little research has been performed on this action. In particular, we were unable to find any reports on the comfort elderly users experience upon touching a sheet switch. Thus, electrical-appliance designers have no well-prepared reference data when designing new products. As a consequence, elderly users experience discomfort when using new appliances. Our goal is to construct a guideline for designing comfortable sheet switches for elderly users. In this study, as the first step toward achieving this goal, we attempt to clarify the physical parameters of sheet-switch features that contribute toward ease of use and comfort.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Interface and the Management of Information
Subtitle of host publicationInteracting with Information - Symposium on Human Interface 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011, Proceedings
Pages498-507
Number of pages10
EditionPART 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 19
EventHuman Interface and the Management of Information: Interacting with Information - Symposium on Human Interface 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 2011 Jul 92011 Jul 14

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume6771 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

OtherHuman Interface and the Management of Information: Interacting with Information - Symposium on Human Interface 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period11/7/911/7/14

Keywords

  • Comfort
  • EMG
  • Elderly users
  • Electrical appliances
  • Sheet switches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Tanaka, Y., Yamazaki, Y., Sakata, M., & Nakanishi, M. (2011). Characteristics of comfortable sheet switches on control panels of electrical appliances: Comparison using older and younger users. In Human Interface and the Management of Information: Interacting with Information - Symposium on Human Interface 2011, Held as Part of HCI International 2011, Proceedings (PART 1 ed., pp. 498-507). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 6771 LNCS, No. PART 1). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-21793-7_57