World Usability Day in Germany
Adventure Park in the City Hall
by Matthias Peissner
Enthusing people for usability
- this was the main target of the "Adventure Park Usability,"
Stuttgart's contribution to the World Usability Day 2005. The concept
added up, the stream of visitors was enormous. Laymen, experts and media
showed great interest in the various lectures and exhibits of the Stuttgart
The Adventure Park offered an ample spectrum. The exhibitors demonstrated
extensive applications of usability, amongst others in the field of automotive,
medicine, household appliances and electronics. Visitors actively participated
in the "Adventure Park Usability", e.g. by operating a high-tech
oven, having a go at a driving simulator or viewing websites and evaluating
them using the eye tracker and other methods of usability testing.
The message that user-friendly and usable products are for everyone's
benefit hit the spot. Simulated barriers illustrated the difficulties
physically handicapped and elderly people have in their everyday life
and impressed the visitors: eye complaints were feigned with modified
spectacles, the immobility of elderly peoples' hands with gloves. Another
attraction was a series of short lectures where interested observers could
get information about the suitability and user-friendliness of intelligent
fridges, spoken dialogue systems or interactive games.
The importance of usability was emphasized during the evening program
by the speeches of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Spath, head of the Fraunhofer
Institute for Industrial Engineering (Fraunhofer IAO) and Klaus Bauer
from the Trumpf Machine Tools GmbH + Co. KG. Usable products are innovation
drivers and an advantage in competition that should not be underestimated.
"The World Usability Day in Stuttgart was an enormous success,"
concluded Matthias Peissner from the German Chapter of the Usability Professionals'
Association. The Stuttgart City Hall was an ideal location for the event.
Numerous helpers as well as the committee in charge of the organization
facilitated an unobstructed course of the event. Partners and sponsors
had also contributed to the huge success of the World Usability Day in
Stuttgart, with both material and financial aid. Matthias Peissner cordially
thanked everybody for the striking premiere.
Is it really as easy as ABC? Driving simulator put
Lively discussion during the World Usability Day.
Public Transport in Stuttgart: Accessability is
important Der Stuttgarter.
Interested audience during a series of short lectures.