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A Gesture Controlled User Interface for Inclusive Design and Evaluative Study of Its Usability

Author(s): Moniruzzaman Bhuiyan | Rich Picking

Journal: Journal of Software Engineering and Applications
ISSN 1945-3116

Volume: 04;
Issue: 09;
Start page: 513;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Gesture Control | User Interface | Inclusive Design | Augmented Reality | Television

To meet the challenges of ubiquitous computing, ambient technologies and an increasingly older population, researchers have been trying to break away from traditional modes of interaction. A history of studies over the past 30 years reported in this paper suggests that Gesture Controlled User Interfaces (GCUI) now provide realistic and affordable opportunities, which may be appropriate for older and disabled people. We have developed a GCUI prototype application, called Open Gesture, to help users carry out everyday activities such as making phone calls, controlling their television and performing mathematical calculations. Open Gesture uses simple hand gestures to perform a diverse range of tasks via a television interface. This paper describes Open Gesture and reports its usability evaluation. We conclude that this inclusive technology offers some potential to improve the independence and quality of life of older and disabled users along with general users, although there remain significant challenges to be overcome.

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