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Project Sunflower: Time to Launch Application, Open a Book and Flip Page

Well, we now have results regarding the time taken for the Apple iPad 2, Amazon Kindle DX and Motorola XOOM to render eBooks. We installed iBooks on iPad and the Kindle App for Android on XOOM. The...

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Project Sunflower: Usability Study

As part of our eBook usability study, this part deals with studying the devices from the eBook reader point of view. All three devices,  Apple iPad 2, Amazon Kindle DX and Motorola XOOM have eBook...

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Project Sunflower: iPad Usability Study

The iPad since its launch has been promoted primarily as a web-surfing device. Its eBook reading capabilities came with applications that rendered eBooks on the iPad. Our usability study tested the...

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Project Sunflower: Kindle DX Usability Study

The Kindle DX is the only dedicated eBook reader from the devices we are using for the study. It has an E-Ink Pearl display and was made with the sole purpose of comfortable and convenient reading. The...

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Project Sunflower: XOOM Usability Study

The Motorola XOOM is the first tablet to run on Android 3.0. It supports 720p recording and boasts an Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz processor. The XOOM was introduced as a tablet that does a lot of things, one...

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Project Sunflower: Evaluation Based on Neilsen’s Heuristics

Jakob Neilsen has devised ten general usability heuristics that help evaluate user interface design. Further to our usability research, these guidelines have been used to compare the user interface...

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OPDS: building an ebook catalogue

This is part of a series wrapping up (belatedly, alas) the findings from Project Sunflower. As the protagonists of the Project have moved on to pastures new, leaving their notes behind, editorial duty...

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Ebook reader basics: file transfer via USB

We covered some of the basics of these devices in an earlier series of posts, but it might be worth taking a few minutes to focus on the most basic behaviour of the lot: getting data onto the devices...

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Blink detection and attention evaluation: the NeuroSky MindWave

Hardware for UX evaluation As part of Project Sunflower, we took various approaches to interface evaluation. Alongside heuristic evaluation, walkthroughs and so forth, we also used various bits of...

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Detecting motion: DLP-TILT 2-axis accelerometer

Using an accelerometer to assess musculoskeletal stresses Accelerometers are helpful for characterising device usage and detecting the mode of use. Most of these devices have an internal accelerometer,...

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