Paper prototypes for the detection of stereotype violations in (medical) device operation - Are they good enough?

M. Susan Hallbeck, Sonja Koneczny, Justine Smith

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Abstract

Controls for most technologies, including medical devices, are becoming increasingly complex, difficult to intuitively understand and don't necessarily follow population stereotypes. The resulting delays and errors are unacceptable when seconds can mean the difference between life and death. In this study participants were asked to "control" a system using a paper prototype (color photographs of controls) and then with a higher fidelity prototype of the same physical controls to determine performance differences among ethnicities and genders. No ethnic nor gender differences were found, and the comparison of paper versus higher fidelity prototypes also showed no significant differences. Thus, paper prototypes can be employed as an early device design usability tool to illustrate stereotype violations long before the first physical prototype. This will not only save money in the development and design processes, but also makes sure that even the most complex devices are intuitively understandable and operable for their basic functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 - NextMed
Subtitle of host publicationDesign for/the Well Being
PublisherIOS Press
Pages109-111
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781586039646
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Event17th Annual MMVR Conference - NextMed: Design for/the Well Being, MMVR17 2009 - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 19 2009Jan 22 2009

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume142
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other17th Annual MMVR Conference - NextMed: Design for/the Well Being, MMVR17 2009
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach, CA
Period1/19/091/22/09

Keywords

  • 3-d prototype
  • Controls
  • Fidelity
  • Paper prototype
  • Stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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    Hallbeck, M. S., Koneczny, S., & Smith, J. (2009). Paper prototypes for the detection of stereotype violations in (medical) device operation - Are they good enough? In Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 - NextMed: Design for/the Well Being (pp. 109-111). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 142). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-58603-964-6-109