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Designing User Interfaces for an Aging Population by Kate Finn, Jeff Johnson

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Chapter 4

Motor Control

Abstract

Describes common age-related changes in motor control, aka somatosensory control. Presents research-based design guidelines to help older people overcome those changes, allowing them to use digital technology productively and enjoyably.

Keywords

Digital technology; Guidelines; Hand-eye coordination; Motor control; Older adults; Somatosensory control
 
Perceiving what a device displays is only half of interacting with it. Interaction requires that we act on the device, i.e., manipulate or operate it in some way. The most obvious way to manipulate or operate a device is manually, using our hands to interact with physical knobs, buttons, sliders, pointing devices, keyboards, touch screens, and motion-activated game controllers. ...

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