User-centered development of a smart phone mobile application delivering personalized real-time advice on sun protection. Academic Article uri icon

start page

  • 326

end page

  • 334

abstract

  • Smart phones are changing health communication for Americans. User-centered production of a mobile application for sun protection is reported. Focus groups (n = 16 adults) provided input on the mobile application concept. Four rounds of usability testing were conducted with 22 adults to develop the interface. An iterative programming procedure moved from a specification document to the final mobile application, named Solar Cell. Adults desired a variety of sun protection advice, identified few barriers to use and were willing to input personal data. The Solar Cell prototype was improved from round 1 (seven of 12 tasks completed) to round 2 (11 of 12 task completed) of usability testing and was interoperable across handsets and networks. The fully produced version was revised during testing. Adults rated Solar Cell as highly user friendly (mean = 5.06). The user-centered process produced a mobile application that should help many adults manage sun safety.

date/time value

  • 2013

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s13142-013-0208-1

PubMed Identifier

  • 24058385

volume

  • 3

number

  • 3