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Consumer oriented interface design on Electrolux Dishlex 302 control panel
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this project a new interface for the Control Panel to an Electrolux Dishlex 302 dishwasher has been developed. The aim was to make the interface easier for consumers to interpret. The target group for the DX302 dishwasher are people recognised to be culturally active, not very athletic and that do not trust commercials. The typical frustrations for them are complexity, no time to relax and reading manuals. Therefore it is important that the product is easy to use, maintain and understand, i.e. no hassles. Interviews with people concerning how to use the DX 302 and talking to experts well introduced to the consumer problems have been the main sources of information to specify the issues users may experience when trying to interpret the interface. Systematic Problem Solving is the methodology used in the project. It is well known and a good help in product development. Brainstorming, Benchmarking and useability tests are some methods used to find solutions to the established problems. The employees at Electrolux have been informed about the work progress on a weekly basis. Half way through the project a smaller presentation was given. When all the gathered information had been analysed the final concept was put together. Construction drawings in Pro-Engineer were made in Adelaide. The construction drawings were used to print out a Rapid prototype in Sydney and to create images in Alias Studio Tools. The final concept has a more modern look created with Electrolux brand language as a guideline. The new interface contains four round buttons, one for each wash program. They are made of transparent plastic and have a light inside which functions as an indicator for the program in use. The programs have clear names to give the right information to the user. The Control Panel has a round Power button to deactivate the Button Lock and turn the electricity off. The wash progress indicators give feedback on what the dishwasher is doing at the moment and when it is ready. The ellipse shaped display is only showing the time left of a wash to avoid misunderstandings. The conclusion of this project is a Control Panel with a very user friendly and intuitive interface.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, dishwasher
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-42031ISRN: LTU-EX--06/118--SELocal ID: 018cb237-ad9a-471b-8db4-7e865e0aa4ceOAI: diva2:1015247
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Ergonomic Design & Production Engineering, master's level
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