A Survey of User Needs For Wireless ProjectsBy Mueller, James L.; RESNA 26th International Annual Conference 2003,
Publication Date: 2003
Project conducted to identify and prioritize the ergonomic needs of people with disabilities who use mobile wireless technologies. The author contends that there are substantial gaps in the empirical knowledge base about current use patterns of mobile wireless applications by people with disabilities. Without this data, wireless product designers and manufacturers are understandably reluctant to address people with disabilities as a viable market segment. The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Mobile Wireless Technologies for Persons With Disabilities was established in the fall of 2001 to address this issue. The project has three primary goals: (1) establish a Consumer Advisory Network and conduct a preliminary survey of user needs, (2) conduct focus group evaluations of existing mobile wireless products and services, and (3) entertain structured simulations to evaluate prototype designs of new wireless applications. This paper addresses the first of these goals.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)