Use of a human centred approach and virtual environments in mobile working machine user interface design

Teemu Evilä, Kaj Helin, Tuomo Kujala, Susanna Aromaa, Juhani Viitaniemi, Harshada Patel, Roope Raisamo

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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 mobile 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 approach to user interface design, which follows a four-step design method combined with Virtual Reality applications, and provides the user with a new instrument for data collection and evaluation. 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch in Interactive Design
    ISBN (Electronic)978-2-287-48370-7
    ISBN (Print)2-287-48363-2, 978-2-287-48363-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventVirtual Concept 2006 - Cancun, Mexico
    Duration: 26 Nov 20061 Dec 2006


    ConferenceVirtual Concept 2006


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


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