Using motion-sensing remote controls with older adults

Thomas von Bruhn Hinné, Simeon Keates

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This paper examines how motion sensitive remote control devices can improve the usability of television sets for older adults. It investigates the use of a pointing remote control where the actions are read and selected on the TV screen by a group of users between 65-85 years old. It was seen that the test participants universally wanted a more usable and less complicated device in both appearance and employability. The preferences in relation to channel choice were relatively narrow, mainly in the use of only 4-7 channels. The argument is proposed that the use of differing design principles facilitates older adults in also becoming proficient users of new technologies, especially focusing on the use of digital television (DTV) and the many opportunities and options to access new features that arise.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal access in Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationusers diversity
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783642216633
ISBN (Print)9783642216626
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction - Orlando, United States
Duration: 9 Jul 201114 Jul 2011
Conference number: 6th

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleUAHCI 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Wii
  • Interaction design
  • Universal design
  • Pointing
  • Motion sensing
  • Accelerometer
  • Remote control
  • Older adults
  • Aging
  • Attractiveness


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