User Evaluation of an App for Liquid Monitoring by Older Adults

  • Zaidatol Haslinda Abdullah Sani
  • Helen Petrie
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10279)


This paper reports on a user evaluation with 20 older adults of a paper-based prototype of an app for tablet computer and smartphone platforms to support older adults in monitoring the amount of liquids they consume, to avoid dehydration. The tablet version revealed 214 usability problems, the smartphone version only three problems. The problems were categorized based on previous work by Petrie and Power into four major categories of usability problems: Physical Presentation, Content, Information Architecture and Interactivity. Lessons learnt and implications for the future design of mobile applications for older adults are discussed.


Usability evaluation Mobile apps Tablet computers Smartphones Older adults Liquid monitoring 



We would like to thank all our participants for their time and effort to take part in the study. The first author would also like to acknowledge her sponsor, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Malaysia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zaidatol Haslinda Abdullah Sani
    • 1
  • Helen Petrie
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Computer Interaction Research Group, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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