BadIdeas for Usability and Design of Medicine and Healthcare Sensors

  • Paula Alexandra Silva
  • Kristof Van Laerhoven
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4799)


This paper describes the use of a technique to improve design and to develop new uses and improve usability of user interfaces. As a case study, we focus on the design and usability of a research prototype of an actigraph - electronic activity and sleep study device - the Porcupine. The proposed BadIdeas technique was introduced to a team of students who work with this sensor and the existing design was analysed using this technique. The study found that the BadIdeas technique has promising characteristics that might make it an ideal tool in the prototyping and design of usability-critical appliances.


Human–Computer Interaction Usability Engineering Medical Informatics Human Factors Innovation BadIdeas 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paula Alexandra Silva
    • 1
  • Kristof Van Laerhoven
    • 2
  1. 1.Lancaster University, Computing/Infolab21, Lancaster, LA1 4YRUK
  2. 2.Darmstadt University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, 64289 DarmstadtGermany

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