Sanjay Batra brought up a fantastic example of inclusive design during the Accessibility Panel at the HFES Annual Meeting this year. For someone who is visually impaired, it is very hard to judge if their meat is sufficiently cooked. Because of the health risks of undercooked meat, this is both a perception challenge and a high anxiety context.
Many consumers use meat probe thermometers to test the temperature inside the meat. It is important to insert the probe into the right part of the meat (the slowest to cook). Using one’s hands is not feasible given the heat.
Sanjay shared that he uses a wireless meat thermometer that links to an app on his phone. All he needs to do is point the probe at the meat. The screen reader on the phone announces the temperature of the meat. He can use his grill safely and effectively.
This is such a good example of understanding the user context. It is great to hear stories like this one.
Do you have any similar examples to share? Either designs that work smoothly for a special population or one that falls down on the job? We can all benefit from your experience.
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