Product Design (Anthropometrics and Ergonomics)

Overview of Anthropometrics and Ergonomics

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Anthropometrics and Ergonomics

Anthropometrics - is the use of average body measurements to find the most appropriate size for products for comfortable and efficient use

Ergonomics - is studying how well the human body and products interact in a range of environments and situations

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Anthropometrics

- This uses body sizes to improve how well products, systems and environments work

- A designer of mobile phones would look at data for hand sizes and head measurements to ensure the product can be held and used easily

- Mobiles should be comfortable to hold, easy to operate & control with the fingertips .As well as audible.

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Ergonomics

- Ergonomics is studying how well the human body and products interact in a range of environments.

- Product designers are particularly concerned with making products that are easy to use

                                                                                                                             

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Ergonomists  design

Systems – the layout of a computer workstation to make it more efficient and reduce strain injury risk

Environments – the interior of a car ensure comfort and an efficient interface between the control systems and the driver

Products - mobiles should be comfortable to hold, easy to operate & control with the fingertips .

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- Designers use the anthropometric measurements to design ergonomic systems and products which look good and work well

- This can be applied to all systems and products

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