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    User interface design guidelines for smartphone applications for people with Parkinson’s disease

    Nunes, Francisco and Silva, Paula Alexandra and Cevada, João and Correia Barros, Ana and Teixeira, Luis F. (2015) User interface design guidelines for smartphone applications for people with Parkinson’s disease. Universal Access in the Information Society. pp. 1-21. ISSN 1615-5297

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    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is often responsible for difficulties in interacting with smartphones; however, research has not yet addressed these issues and how these challenge people with Parkinson’s (PwP). This paper specifically investigates the symptoms and characteristics of PD that may influence the interaction with smartphones to then contribute in this direction. The research was based on a literature review of PD symptoms, eight semi-structured interviews with healthcare professionals and observations of PwP, and usability experiments with 39 PwP. Contributions include a list of PD symptoms that may influence the interaction with smartphones, a set of experimental results that evaluated the performance of four gestures tap, swipe, multiple-tap, and drag and 12 user interface design guidelines for creating smartphone user interfaces for PwP. Findings contribute to the work of researchers and practitioners’ alike engaged in designing user interfaces for PwP or the broader area of inclusive design.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: NOTE: This is a pre-print of the final publishers version. Readers should refer to the final version for citations.
    Keywords: Touchscreen accessibility; User interface design; Usability guidelines; Designing for people with special needs; Mobile; Smartphone; Touch gestures; Motor impairments; Parkinson’s disease;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Design Innovation
    Item ID: 6621
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    Depositing User: Paula Alexandra Silva
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2015 15:02
    Journal or Publication Title: Universal Access in the Information Society
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    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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