Humanware

Definition - What does Humanware mean?

Humanware is defined in IT as hardware or software that is built around user capabilities and user needs. This often involves creating a particular visual or physical interface for a given set of users. The design and engineering of humanware starts with the user's interests and needs first, and designs the infrastructure accordingly.

Techopedia explains Humanware

The philosophy behind humanware is that instead of starting with an implementation goal, the software or IT architecture design process starts with an understanding of what users will need. For example, in a traditional desktop system, humanware might involve changing the visual interface to make it more accessible to those with low computer literacy. Another excellent and very common example is the designing of hardware systems for persons with disabilities. Here, the design work starts with the basics of what disabled individuals need from a system – whether it be elevated height of operation, features for the visually impaired, alternatives to conventional mouse and keyboard input, or other changes.

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