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Design of user-computer interfaces for electronic home products

The result of the FACE project is a set of rules for the design of user-computer interfaces for electronic home products. Support materials aim to improve product usability and include a market survey of consumer usage of home products, an analysis of user interface techniques and a market survey across Europe of people's views on home products.

The objective of the FACE project was to develop a set of rules for user interface design for electronic home and consumer products. When products are made following these rules, there should be a strong element of commonality between different manufacturers' products, so that once someone has learned to use for example one model of video recorder, a different model should be easier to use because the basic controls have a familiar appearance and operate in a similar way. Furthermore, programming another device such as the central heating controller will seem familiar because it uses the same strategy as the video recorder. The FACE usability results from the HUSAT Research Institute are support materials aiming to improve product usability. These include a market survey of consumer usage of home products, an analysis of user interface techniques and a market survey across Europe of people's views on home products.

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