Humanware is the method of adding a human facet into the development of computer programs. The main goal of developing humanware is to make hardware and software as functional as possible.
A computer system is made up of three major components—hardware, software, and humanware. While software and hardware make up an actual computer, humanware is necessary for enhancing user experience (UX) by making improvements in the system’s user interface (UI). Humanware is the combination of hardware and software elements that make human interaction with a device as good as possible. Often, developing humanware begins by defining who the computer’s potential users are, what they are interested in, and what they need before designing the infrastructure.
You can think of hardware as cooking utensils in a kitchen. Software, meanwhile, can pertain to a recipe. The humanware component in this scenario is the chef. All the utensils and recipes in the world will be useless if you do not have a chef to bring food to life.
Much like the comparison, a computer cannot work with just hardware and software. It needs humanware to serve its intended purpose.