The usability of the user interface is a key aspect for the success of several industrial products. This assumption has led to the introduction of numerous design methodologies addressed to evaluate the user-friendliness of industrial products. Most of these methodologies follow the participatory design approach to involve the user in the design process. Virtual Reality is a valid tool to support Participatory Design, because it facilitates the collaboration among designers and users. The present study aims to evaluate the feasibility and the efficacy of an innovative Participatory Design approach where Virtual Reality plays a 'double role': a tool to evaluate the usability of the virtual product interface, and a communication channel that allows users to be directly involved in the design process as co-designers. In order to achieve these goals, we conducted three experiments: the purpose of the first experiment is to determine the influence of the virtual interface on the usability evaluation by comparing "user-real product" interaction and "user-virtual product" interaction. Subsequently, we tested the effectiveness of our approach with two experiments involving users (directly or through their participation in a focus group) in the redesign of a product user interface. The experiments were conducted with two typologies of consumer appliances: a microwave oven and a washing machine
Product Interface Design: a Participatory Approach Based on Virtual Reality / BRUNO F; MUZZUPAPPA M. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES. - ISSN 1071-5819. - 68(2010), pp. 254-269.
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|Titolo:||Product Interface Design: a Participatory Approach Based on Virtual Reality|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Citazione:||Product Interface Design: a Participatory Approach Based on Virtual Reality / BRUNO F; MUZZUPAPPA M. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES. - ISSN 1071-5819. - 68(2010), pp. 254-269.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|