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Virtual user concept for inclusive design of consumer products and user interfaces

: Mohamad, Y.; Velasco, C.A.; Pullmann, J.; Lawo, P.; Kirisci, P.T.

Postprint urn:nbn:de:0011-n-1924936 (201 KByte PDF)
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Stephanidis, C.:
Universal access in human-computer interaction. 6th international conference, UAHCI 2011. Pt.2: Users diversity : Held as part of HCI International 2011, Orlando, FL, USA, July 9-14, 2011; Proceedings
Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer, 2011 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6766)
ISBN: 3-642-21662-5
ISBN: 978-3-642-21662-6
ISBN: 978-3-642-21663-3
ISSN: 0302-9743
International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction (UAHCI) <6, 2011, Orlando/Fla.>
International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International) <14, 2011, Orlando/Fla.>
Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer FIT ()
accessibility; usability; product design; interaction design; user interface; virtual; avatar; digital human model; inclusion; universal design; design for all; inclusive design; virtual user model; computer design; ontology

Many research projects have identified three major obstacles to a broad implementation of Design for All: lack of awareness among users, designers and suppliers, technical feasibility and commercial viability. Mainstream manufactures do not have a detailed understanding of the needs of people with disabilities. This paper presents an approach to use standards-based Virtual User Models that covers mild and moderate disabilities to support designers in understanding these needs. This approach consists of a virtual laboratory with three design phases to allow designers to plan and evaluate the user interfaces of their products. We review here the state of the art and present our Virtual User Model as a mixture of human and environment context.