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    Investigating the Usability of PDAs with Ageing Users

    People and Computers XXI
    HCI...but not as we know it

    Proceedings of HCI 2007
    The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference
    University of Lancaster, UK.

    3 - 7 September 2007

    AUTHORS

    Sheila McCarthy, Heather Sayers & Paul McKevitt

    ABSTRACT

    Mobile technologies have the potential to enhance the lives of ageing users, especially those who experience a decline in cognitive abilities. However, diminutive devices often perplex the aged and many HCI problems exist. This research ultimately aims to develop a mobile reminiscent application for ageing users entitled MemoryLane.

    This application will use artificial intelligent techniques to compose and convey excerpts from a lifetime's memories to the user in a multimodal storytelling format. The proposed deployment platform for MemoryLane is a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). The initial stage of this research, a HCI pilot study was recently conducted with a sample of ageing users, the study aimed to investigate the usability of a PDA.

    This paper documents the methodologies employed in this pilot study and its subsequent results. The next stages of the research are also identified and discussed.

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