First, pick your favorite piece of hardware or software…it can be whatever you want

  1. First, pick your favorite piece of hardware or software…it can be whatever you want. Once you have identified it, I want you to think about 2 general barriers to universal usability (technological or user characteristics) that exist in the real world. Pick 1 barrier that is broad (e.g., affects lots of people), and then pick another barrier that is less broad (e.g., affects a smaller or unique group of people).
  2. Now, take your favorite item, and identify and discuss how it attempts to meet or overcome these 2 barriers to universal usability. Also, discuss how successfully this design accomplishes this, and what might be important to measure to more robustly measure to evaluate whether it actually does or does not. Don’t be afraid to be ‘mean’; we are interested in the science of design, and its sometimes important to be brutally honest in our assessments.

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