Designing Microwave Cookers

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Children can use gadgets faster than adults. What does this say about the design of gadgets? This lecture looks at microwave cookers. Instead of children helping us design better gadgets, we could use animal testings, perhaps monkeys pressing buttons all day. Rather than pay monkeys, it's cheaper to use Markov models, which are roughly their mathematical equivalent. We show how this automatic 'animal testing' of gadgets gets useful design insights.

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This event was on Thu, 24 Oct 2002


Professor Harold Thimbleby

Professor of Geometry

Harold Thimbleby is professor of computer science at Swansea University where he established the Future Interaction Technology Lab. His passion is designing dependable computer systems...

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