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Artifacts for Programmable Devices: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Back, J; Cox, AL; (2013) Artifacts for Programmable Devices: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In: (pp. pp. 1731-1736).

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Abstract

Many devices require programming with values that can only be obtained by consulting an artifact. For example when preparing an unfamiliar microwave meal, the heating instructions should be consulted in order to program the correct values into the microwave oven. In this paper we consider how the presentation of programming values can impact on the likelihood of making an error. Findings from a medical device programming experiment demonstrate the hidden complexities of artifact design. Good design should encourage users to adopt programming strategies that are less prone to error. Artifact layouts need to be designed with the task in mind, especially when multiple devices require programming quickly.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Artifacts for Programmable Devices: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
ISBN-13: 9781450318990
DOI: 10.1145/2468356.2468666
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1396454
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