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Usability evaluation of remote controllers for digital television receivers
Author(s): Kazuteru Komine; Nobuyuki Hiruma; Tatsuya Ishihara; Eiji Makino; Takao Tsuda; Takayuki Ito; Haruo Isono
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Paper Abstract

In order to develop a useful and ergonomically attractive remote controller for ISDB (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting), which will begin very soon in Japan, we performed experiments with elderly and young subjects to evaluate the usability and the training effects of four types of remote controller: a button type, a trackball, a touch panel and a voice recognition system. We set the subjects the task of selecting an icon on a HDTV monitor as quickly and as accurately as possible using each remote controller. Semantic differential and ranked order questionnaire surveys were also conducted, and these results were analyzed statistically. The results showed that the trackball type was the most preferred, with no major differences in preference among the other three types especially for elderly subjects. From the analyses of the questionnaire surveys and operation time, we conclude that the reasons for the rankings obtained are as follows: Users preferred devices which they could operate without having to look down; Users preferred devices with which there was a significant learning effect in a relatively short period. It is considered that these are necessary conditions for an ergonomically attractive remote controller which users will want to use.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3959, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging V, (2 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.387184
Show Author Affiliations
Kazuteru Komine, NHK Science and Technical Research Labs. (Japan)
Nobuyuki Hiruma, NHK Science and Technical Research Labs. (Japan)
Tatsuya Ishihara, NHK Science and Technical Research Labs. (Japan)
Eiji Makino, NHK Science and Technical Research Labs. (Japan)
Takao Tsuda, NHK Science and Technical Research Labs. (Japan)
Takayuki Ito, NHK Science and Technical Research Labs. (Japan)
Haruo Isono, NHK Science and Technical Research Labs. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3959:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging V
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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