human-computer interaction

F1 Steering Wheels

I recently read an interesting blog post about what all the buttons, knobs and dials do on an F1 steering wheel. With all the rage about easy-to-use interfaces these days, pics of these “interfaces” look like some sort of photoshop joke. However, they’re very real and very useful to the F1 drivers. F1 Fanatic’s blog post lists 22 different functions on a Sauber steering wheel, from shifting gears to “drink bottle” and a speed limiter for the pit lane.  Read more

Scenes from MAV-VUE Usability Study

We’ve finally released some scenes from the MAV-VUE usability study I performed over December and January. The study went extremely well, with participants almost universally succeeding at the tasks we gave them, after only three minutes of training! Read more

MAV-VUE Research featured in Wired

The first steps of my Master’s thesis research was featured today in Wired’s Danger Room in an article titled New Use for iPhones: Controlling Drones. It’s a fun read with some good quotes from my thesis advisor, but it largely ignores the research implications. What the video above shows is us controlling an autonomous quad rotor helicopter by sending incremental “move to” commands. We make the user perceive this as a first-order (or velocity-based) control system by having them tilt the iPhone in the direction they want the quad rotor to move. More extreme tilts simply send a “move to” command which is further away from the helicopter’s current position.

Most people think they want more control over flight systems than they’re actually prepared for.  Read more

Computer Virus Infects Humans!

Came across this hilarious Weekly World News cover (the image is on Flickr, by bmindful).

The funny part is, for the first time Weekly World News may be onto something.  Read more

Paradox of Humans and Automation

The Washington Post has a great article today about the paradox of humans and automation. John D. Lee, a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison has a choice quote: Read more