Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Usability of Urinals

Usability design is important to all end-user products ...

"The design of urinals can be a bigger challenge than one might initially believe, especially for those who don’t have any use for them (a large portion of you). “It’s just like a hold in the wall to pee in, right?” Wrong. There are subtleties to a well designed urinal which even the veteran user experience designers can miss.

In fact, even if we restrict the problem space to just urinals that are equipped with infrared sensors to detect usage and automatically flush, there are still issues to consider.

First, these sensors must indicate when they are activated. This is in keeping with the heuristics of feedback and expectation. The user must not only be aware of what the device is for (now less of a problem as they have become commonplace) but also be informed of when it is active. The latter can be accomplished with a simple light."   continued ...   (Via OK/Cancel)

Usability of the Urinal - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Usability of the Urinal


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