Why it is difficult to use a simple device: an analysis of a room thermostat

Sami Karjalainen

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Abstract

A diversity of usability problems with office thermostats were found in a preceding study. In this paper, the reasons behind the problems are studied by analysing a room thermostat. The analysis shows that a substantial amount of information is needed to use a simple thermostat, and the system image of the thermostat does not deliver the information. From the viewpoint of the analysis, it is not surprising that office occupants have serious problems with thermostats.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2007
Subtitle of host publicationPt. 1: Interaction design and usability
EditorsJulie A. Jacko
Place of PublicationBerlin - Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-73111-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-73104-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2007 - Beijing, China
Duration: 22 Jul 200727 Jul 2007

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Number4550
ISSN0302-9743

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2007
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period22/07/0727/07/07

Keywords

  • thermostat
  • knowledge
  • information needs
  • user interface design

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