Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ergonomics 2

1. What is Ergonomics?
The study of people's efficiency in their working environment. It is about making things comfy and efficient for the user.
-Taken from mac dictionary and http://ergonomics.about.com/od/ergonomicbasics/a/ergo101.htm

2. What are the 5 aspects of Ergonomics?
They are:
Safety
Comfort
Ease of use
Productivity/performance
Aesthetics

3. For each aspects of Ergonomics, explain with an example of a product that is designed for the elderly, how the product meet that particular aspect of Ergonomics.
For Safety, the product called Pathlighter Lighted Cane is a walking can that is lighted at the bottom so that the elderly can have more assurance when walking in dark. So if an elderly man is walking in the dark with his Pathlighter Lighted Cane and a car is about to run over him, at least the driver will see the lighted cane and take evasive action.
Image:https://www.seniorssuperstores.com/cart/images/products/49_large.gif

For Comfort, a wheelchair is chosen by many different aspects including comfort , the wheelchair cushion must be comfortable enough for the elderly user as they will spend most of their time in the wheelchair. Thus, the Dual-Chamber Waterproof Gel Cushion is chosen as it is comfortable for the wheelchair user.
Image:http://www.1800wheelchair.com/siteimages/large/nyortho-gelcushion.jpg

For Ease of use, the Clarity 50900 has an easy to use interface and basically does the basic features of a phone, simplicity works best for the elderly after all.
Image:http://store.yourspecialneedssolutions.com/images/uploads/Cell%20Phone%20For%20Elderly/Phones-Cell-%20CLARITY-C900-Amplified-mobile-DetPic-.jpg

For Productivity/performance, handphones are also a symbol for productivity and thus another elderly friendly phone is chose.The Clarity 50900 has large and easy to see buttons, it can do the basic features of a normal phones and it is easy to use, this makes the elderly more proficient with the phone and thus more productive. It also sports an emergency button just in case of emergency.

For Aesthetics, handphones thee days have small buttons that are hard to see and hard to press. An elderly friendly phone such as the Doro PhoneEasy 345 Mobile with Bluetooth, it has the functions of normal cell phones these days and enlarged buttons and characters that make this phone elderly friendly.
Image:http://www.silverphone.co.uk/shop/images/345%20black%20white%20med.jpg

Sources :http://www.seniorssuperstores.com/cart/html/Products/SAFETY-PRODUCTS/ Taken from mac dictionary and http://ergonomics.about.com/od/ergonomicbasics/a/ergo101.htm http://www.1800wheelchair.com/asp/view-product.asp?product_id=3320 http://www.silverphone.co.uk/shop/p66/Doro-PhoneEasy-345-Mobile-with-Bluetooth/product_info.html?osCsid=4f071d3159713f8ee52ca194241ccf2d http://store.yourspecialneedssolutions.com/Telephones/Cell-Phones-For-The-Elderly/Cell-Phone-For-Elderly-Clarity-50900/prod_120.html

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