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Ergonomics and Anthropometrics

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Darren Clark

on 13 December 2013

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Transcript of Ergonomics and Anthropometrics

Ergonomics
Ergonomics concerns the interaction between the human body and products, systems and environments.
Ergonomic Aspects
Good Ergonomics
Ergonomics and Anthropometrics
Learning Objectives
To be aware of the use of ergonomics and anthropometrics in a products design.

To know how to apply understanding of ergonomics to product analysis.

Starter Activity
Watch the video and make notes.
Products
Systems
Environments
Safety
Comfort
Ease of use
Productivity and performance
Aesthetics
Task 2: Discuss in your groups how the example product meets these aspects?
Anthropometrics
Anthropometrics involves using body sizes to improve the ergonomics in products, systems or environments.
Anthropometrical data taken from the measurements of hundreds of volunteers is normally recorded as percentiles.

The Average size is known as the 50th percentile.

Most design activity is for the body sizes between the 5th and 95th percentile
Inclusive Design
Millions of people have difficulties using a kettle, which is among the most dangerous items in terms of accidents in the home. The design team consulted a group of users: some with severe arthritis and others with visual impairments. The users helped the designers to identify usability problems relating to conventional kettles, electric and otherwise. As a result, the designers developed a ‘no-pour’ kettle that was easier and safer to use. Subsequently, Alloy has applied inclusive design principles to a number of commercial projects and achieved success in the mainstream market.
Ergonomics and anthropometrics are both critical factors in the success of any product. Using the product above, explain how the designers have considered ergonomics and anthropometrics to make it both comfortable and easier to use. (15 marks)

Main Task
Question
How is ergonomics linked to these three areas?
Explain with examples.
Ergis, Sebastian and Daniella
Heather, Matthew and Georgia
Rachael, Arnold and Ife
Ergis
Sebastian
Daniella
Rachael
Arnold
Ife
(Any Group member)
(Any Group member)
Heather
Matthew
Georgia
Peer Assessment
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