AQA Information and Communication Technology/ICT5/Human-Computer Interaction
Human-Computer interaction is concerned with the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computer systems, using Human-Computer interfaces in the safest and most healthy way.
Ergonomics are the designs and functionality of the environment. Applying this would be a study of the environment to see how improvement can be made more comfortable for the users.
Measures to improve the ergonomics include
- Improved lighting
- Furniture better suited
Why is this important?
- Could improve productivity
- Prevent RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury).
- With adjusable chairs and furniture in the right positions, could be prevented.
- Energy Efficiency
- Improve Job satisfaction (motivates)
The understanding of how users receive, process and store information.
Information can be received by 4 main ways:
- Vision (seeing)
- Distinguishing colours can effect how a person reacts to a situation (Red means Warning or Danger). This shouldn't be relied on because of colour blindness.
- Most commonly sounds are used in warning messages - the Dong in Windows. This is standard and therefore the user knows straight away that it is a warning.
- Human nature wants something to ensure a button has been pressed - buttons allow that pressure to be enforced.
- The movement of small objects is understandably difficult.