An investigation into the challenges that face HCI in mobile interface designs, with specific considerations between gender and age groups
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The popular subject of human computer interaction explores the communication between a user and systems for both software and hardware, assessing the interaction amongst these two entities allows development and improvements to be made in usability and functionality for new and existing technology. With HCI becoming highly complex and the development of mobile devices overpowering society within this ever-changing digital world of technology and media, the purpose of this research project is to keep updated with the changing trends and stamp the challenges of creating a user friendly experience for all types of individual users. In addition to this, there are a large number of people who persistently complain about design and usability in technology, especially those in the elder generation. Henceforth, the main aim of this thesis is to resolve the underlying enigma pertaining to gender or age specific classifications within the subject of mobile HCI and explicit relations to interface design. The results of utilising different forms of methodology to accumulate both qualitative and quantitative data with revised literature identified that there are potential relationships between the different age groups and the opinions on interface design than of gender where no significant connection was found. Additionally the findings discovered that all individual preferences are hard to please, but with persistent extensive research into this area can change and adapt HCI methods for the development of mobile devices in order to create more universally versatile machines that function well for every type of user.
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