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    Tangible Interaction on Tabletops for Elderly People

    Marques, Tiago and Nunes, Francisco and Silva, Paula and Rodriques, Rui (2011) Tangible Interaction on Tabletops for Elderly People. In: Entertainment Computing – ICEC 2011 : 10th International Conference, ICEC 2011, Vancouver, Canada, October 5-8, 2011. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (6972). Springer, pp. 440-443. ISBN 9783642244995

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    The urge to improve the life of older adults grows as this segment of society expands. Computers have an enormous potential to benefit the lives of older adults, however, the unawareness or disregard of their characteristics, renders technology, many times, impossible to use. Peripherals are a common obstacle when learning to operate computers, because the most common ones do not directly map the input in the user interface. It has been argued that touchand gesture-based user interfaces, due to their direct mapping of input, can reduce the obstacles that older adults face, when using the computer. To assess this, this paper presents a project that uses a multi-touch tabletop system as a gaming platform for older adults. Specifically, it reports on the low-fidelity prototype that was built to test whether tangible objects can be used. Conclusions regarding the viability of tangible objects for that purpose are also drawn.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is the postprint version of the published article, which is available at DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-24500-8_61
    Keywords: Tangible objects; Tabletop; Games for elderly; Natural User Interface; Human-Computer Interaction;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Design Innovation
    Item ID: 6056
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    Depositing User: Paula Alexandra Silva
    Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 14:28
    Publisher: Springer
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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