Evaluation of input control type and screen view orientation for a hand-held radiation detector

James Crowe, Pamela Castillejos, Scarlett Herring, M. Susan Hallbeck

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Abstract

Current radiation detectors are unwieldy, heavy, difficult to use and thus are not ergonomically designed. Easily usable control mechanisms are imperative for comfort, usability and accuracy for hand-held tools such as radiation detectors. A study, employing participants, examined the usability, design, and comfort of different handle designs and control mechanisms The purpose was to evaluate the prototypes for the main effects of control mechanism type, control orientation and word orientation on performance time. According to research findings for control type, the fastest performance time was found with vertically oriented push buttons and a vertical word orientation. The subjective results also showed a user preference for the vertical push button control. The results from this study can be used to drive future research and help develop a working prototype for a hand-held neutron detector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication52nd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2008
Pages1672-1676
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event52nd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2008 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Sep 22 2008Sep 26 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Volume3
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

Other52nd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2008
CountryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period9/22/089/26/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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