Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Clips from here and there

I'm neck deep in accessibility issues and need another week or so to get back to active posting.

In the meantime, a few interesting clips regarding the usability of voting machines and automobiles:

In the first one, a documentary filmmaker shills for his latest project by noting the
flaws in testing the machines for the state of New York. Aside from his central point about full disclosure (an important one to be sure), the testing approach appears to be flawed. What kind of result are you getting if you instruct the participant in how to use it beforehand?

In the second one, a representative of the MIT Media Lab provides a
demo of a new voting machine prototype. Not sure I'm on board with all of the decisions they've incorporated thus far, but it appears to be a step in the right direction.

Finally, an amusing look at the attempts to implement
new automatic parking features in automobiles. The actors are playing it up, but the point is made.

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