CPSC 436 - 500: Computer-Human Interaction

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Fall Semester, 2004

Time and place: Tues/Thurs 3:55 - 5:10 HRBB 113
Instructors: Dr. Frank Shipman, Unmil P. Karadkar
Office hours: Dr. Frank Shipman: HRBB 402B, Wed. 3:00 - 4:00 PM, or by appointment (email: shipman@cs.tamu.edu)
                              Unmil P. Karadkar: HRBB 408-F  Tues., Fri. 10:30 - 11:30 AM or by appointment (email: unmil@cs.tamu.edu)

Assign letters to a phone keypad : Due 9/23/2004

Congratulations! As a new graduate with a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science you have snagged a job with a leading cell phone manufacturer. Upon realizing that you have had some experience in interface and interaction design, your manager has assigned you to a project that is investigating possible improvements to mapping letters of the alphabet to the various keys.

The manufacturer acknowledges that the current (traditional) letter-to-key assignment is not optimized for text messaging. The company hopes to significantly increase its market share by changing the letter associations with the twelve basic keys so that the phone units ease text messaging.Here is the task specification handed to you:

You have been given two weeks to complete this task. At the end of the week, your manager (or instructor :-) ) expects the following:
  1. A visual mapping of the key to letter assignments (graphic on a single page).
  2. Two additional pages of the design rationale. In particular, describe