Tholzer's Review 3/29/2011: Demonstrating the viability of automatically generated user interfaces

Review of the article: Demonstrating the viability of automatically generated user interfaces

Summary

This article explores the effectiveness of generated UI for controlling 2 All-in-One printers. Users were tested on 8 tasks using 3 different interfaces.

Pros

  • All of the interactions with the devices was simulated by going through a computer, With today's Wifi printers and mobile phones with Wifi, it seems like it would be fairly easy to implement.
  • Despite being slightly cluttered, the interfaces are much clearer and appear to be much more functional than the device interfaces
  • nice large study

Cons

  • The example UI's give appear to use lots of small buttons without much description. This might be because of the Pocket PC's use of a stylus (If I remember correctly).
  • The PUC system appears to have to have rules written for each device, So there is still and overhead
  • subject were taught to use the interface, I would think it would be better to see how they did simply exploring the device
  • Results seem like they might be skewed since by the final time, they should know what they need to do to complete the task