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    Appl Ergon. 2013 Mar;44(2):297-302. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2012.08.004. Epub 2012 Sep 26.

    Touch screen performance by individuals with and without motor control disabilities.


    Trace Research and Development Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2107 Engineering Centers Building, 1550 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA.


    Touch technology is becoming more prevalent as functionality improves and cost decreases. Therefore, it is important that this technology is accessible to users with diverse abilities. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of button and gap size on performance by individuals with varied motor abilities. Participants with (n = 38) and without (n = 15) a motor control disability completed a digit entry task. Button size ranged from 10 to 30 mm and gap size was either 1 or 3 mm. Results indicated that as button size increased, there was a decrease in misses, errors, and time to complete tasks. Performance for the non-disabled group plateaued at button size 20 mm, with minimal, if any gains observed with larger button sizes. In comparison, the disabled group's performance continued to improve as button size increased. Gap size did not affect user performance. These results may help to improve accessibility of touch technology.

    Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd and The Ergonomics Society. All rights reserved.

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