Heuristics for mobile applications that interact with external equipment
Abstract: The heuristic evaluation is a technique used to assess the usability of interactive systems and interfaces. It involves a list of pre-defined principles and guidelines - the heuristics. They allow the evaluator to detect weaknesses in the usability of the systems that, when corrected, can certainly improve the experience of using the system. In the mobile domain, more and more applications are starting to emerge with particular characteristics which lead us to look for more suitable heuristics to evaluate the usability of mobile applications that interact with external equipment. The inexistence of such heuristics led us to propose our own heuristics following the methodology proposed by D. Quiñones to develop usability and UX heuristics for a specific domain. Therefore, this paper contains the output of the first two phases of the chosen methodology, in order to obtain a preliminary list of more suitable heuristics to evaluate the chosen domain.