The Human Factor in Computers
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
An interactive computer workstation is disclosed. The workstation includes one or more biofeedback inputs for unobtrusively detecting changes in the operator's level of stress or frustration while using the workstation. An adaptive application program is also described. The program responds to a detected level change to modify the program responses so as to reduce the operator's level of frustration. One form of modified response is to provide manual assistance to the workstation operator from a central location. The biofeedback inputs can be any of a number of known input devices including galvanic skin measurements at the fingertips, force transducers under the keyboard to measure key depression force and other equivalent devices.