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First Impressions of Fitness-Tracking Devices: What Attributes Matter?

By A. Pfannenstiel & B. Chaparro Summary. This study investigated first impressions of the usability and functionality of 6 different fitness tracking devices. While many previous studies assess the accuracy and behavioral effects of fitness tracking devices, limited research has been done

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Exploring iPad Usage by Healthcare Professionals in a Pediatric Hospital

By J. Teves , B. Chaparro , B. Kennedy , R. Chan , N. Copic , R. Riss & J. Simmons Summary. Healthcare providers have been given iPads for use in the workplace. One expected use was to provide portable

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College Students are Using the iPad, but Not for Schoolwork

By B. Nguyen & B. Chaparro Summary. Since its release in April 2010, the Apple iPad has become the de facto tablet for consumers. In our last issue of Usability News, we reported survey results on how the iPad was

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I’ll Take a Large Pepperoni with a Side of Usability: Ordering Pizza on an iPad

By C. V. Lauterbach, A. Duvall & E. Pherigo Summary. This study evaluated performance and subjective perceptions of three iPad pizza ordering apps (Pizza Hut, Papa John’s and Domino’s). Sixteen users (8 male, 8 female) performed a series of tasks

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Mark that e-Page! The Usability of making Notes, Bookmarks, and Highlights in Three E-Readers

J. R. Jardina & B. Chaparro Summary. E-Readers, or electronic reading devices, are becoming a household item; however, there exists little research on the usability of these devices. This study investigates the ease-of-use of three e-Readers (iPad, Kindle 2, and

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