Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ergonomics(Product description and Idea Trigger)

i) Describe the product. (Appearance, Color, Function, etc)
It is in the shape of the Yan half of Yin-Yan symbol. It is black and white. It is to stop doors.

ii) What are the design considerations when designing this product?
An easy to use product.

iii) Would an elderly faced difficulty using this product? If yes, what are the difficulties that the elderly would face?
Yes, the elderly would have to bend to stop the door

iv) What do you think can be done to improve on the design of the product to suit the elderly? (Sketch the improved design in your sketchbook and take a picture of it. Post the improved sketch at the end of your post.)

Here is another version
This is a new design. The large object at the bottom is used for stopping doors. the long stick will stop the person from bending over. The other side contains a device which helps a person to wear his/her shoe.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ergonomics ll

What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is a science concerned with the "fit" between people and their work. It takes account of the worker's capabilities and limitations in seeking to ensure that tasks, equipment, information and the environment suit each user.

The five aspects of the Ergonomics are: 1) Safety

                                                                                   2) Comfort
                                                                                   3) Ease of use
                                                                                   4) Productivity/ Performance
                                                                                   5) Aesthetics
Uses concerning the Elderly:
1) Safety
This is the Boomer : an elder-friendly walker. One of the main causes for accidents concerning the elderly in the World is accidents on the staircase. This walker will make it easier for elderly people to go up and down the staircases. More information on this site .
2) Comfort
This HT4 modular toilet is made specially for Elderly keeping mind the comfort for the elderly
For more information, go here.
3) Ease of use 
The Bath Grip is an easy to use tool as many elderly people have trouble getting out of their bath tubs. This device will stick to any non-porous surface such as porcelain, tile and glass via its two suction cups. It also has a small indicator light to show if the suction is strong or not. for more information, go to this site  and scroll down until you see the article about this bath grip.

4) Productivity/ Performance
The table attached to wheelchair will increase productivity as they can work while moving.
This product will improve aesthetics of the person as it has specific herbs to do this.

Ergonomics I

a) Comfort and Simplicity
Man in beige suit's office: His chair is very uncomfortable as he was shifting his body to get more comfortable
Adjusting the Chair is difficult as the adjusting knob is at the back of the chair and it can come out.
Chair's back make the person prone to bending over.
Man in Black suit's office: Adjusting it's hight is easy as one can just bend over to change it's hight.
It is easily bendable making it easy to adjust it's bend-ability.
Chair's build make's it easier to straighten up
b) Incorrect hight and depth
Man in biege suit's office: He cannot adjust the hight and how near it is to him easily.
Man in black suit's office: He can easily