HumanICT: New Human-Centred Design Method and Virtual Environments in the Design of Vehicular Working Machine Interfaces

Kaj Helin, Teemu Evilä, Juhani Viitaniemi, Susanna Aromaa, Tuomo Kujala, Harshada Patel, Toni Pakkanen, Roope Raisamo, Pekka Salmenperä, Juha Miettinen, Pekka Kilpeläinen, Leila Rannanjärvi, Pentti Vähä

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    In the field of movable machines and vehicles, the user demands and the requirements for versatility of products are becoming more challenging.New methods such as human-centred interface design are needed to improve the usability, safety and ergonomics of vehicular working machines.This study aimed to satisfy these needs.The objectives focused on developing new concepts for interface technologies and implementations for movable machines, and also to develop a new Virtual Reality platform for user-centred machine design. This paper introduces a new design method for user-centred design that combines the theoretical Human-Centred Design (HCD) method with practical use of VR devices and applications.Another objective was to clarify issues from the product development process point of view in order to implement the above system and methods.However, there are still problems involved in the utilisation of Virtual Reality applications and these are discussed.The four-step method introduced in this paper has been tested in industrial design workshops.This paper based on five different studies: (1) Virtual reality-based design environment, (2) User-Centred Design method, (3) Adaptive user interface, (4) New Product Development, and (5) Case Studies in which all the other studies where evaluated.Each section has its own objectives and results.The main results and conclusions on all the projects are at the end of the paper.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages88
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-6625-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Working Papers


    • virtual reality
    • human-centred design
    • human-machine interaction
    • design method
    • user interface design


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