All 5.2 – June 2006 articles

Radio Frequency Identification: How User Expertise Can Make a New Technology Welcome

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is a good example of how user experience professionals can influence the adoption of new technology. [Read More]

COMMUNICATION GAP: Designing an Interface for Chinese Migrant Workers

China has many possibilities when designing for emerging markets, for example, improving the quality of communication between migrant worker parents and their children. [Read More]

Usability Practice in China: An Update

Since the study of user experience is a source for technological innovation and building a human-centered society, we expect a bright future for usability in China. [Read More]

Usability Opportunities in China

China has advanced rapidly in the usability field. In several senses, China has opened up to the world, and opportunities are there for the global usability professional community. [Read More]

Usability Engineering in Hong Kong

Because usability is at its beginning stages in Hong Kong, there are great opportunities here to learn more about Eastern users and their needs. [Read More]

Usability Engineering in Japan

There is a long history of usability testing, in practice if not in name, in Japan. Professional organizations for usability, outside of the academic context, are just taking off. [Read More]

Usability Engineering in New Zealand

New Zealand, traditionally an early adopter of technology, is seen as a great “test location” by many companies. Awareness of the business benefits of usability is growing. [Read More]

The View From Here: Who Would Want to Do Usability?

This article looks at the results of a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) survey with eighty usability professionals. [Read More]

What’s News: Speck-tacular Computers

A group of computer science, electronic engineering, and physics professors is developing a system of tiny programmable semiconductor specks that can work together to sense, compute, and network wirelessly. [Read More]

Editor’s Note: Go East, Young Man or Woman

Having just completed my first year as editor-in-chief, my thoughts turn to the future, but in a special way—eastward—as the theme of this issue looks at usability in Asia. In the 19th century, J. B. Soule, in an Indiana newspaper editorial of 1851, urged entrepreneurial folks in the United States to head westward to seek […] [Read More]