Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ergonomics (Product description and Idea Trigger)

This is a dishwasher but it also looks like a toilet brush. It is blue in colour, and it has a lot a lot of springs to wash of all the dirt from the dishes in restaurants. The springs are metallic.
Design Considerations: Needs a lot of hairs to wash off all the dirt from the dishes. It is made of plastic so that if it is accidentally heated, it would not burn the user's hand.
Elderly Difficulties? The elderly would face difficulties using this item. Because if the elderly's grip is weak, it will easily slip and fall onto the sink and the elderly would have to keep grabbing it off the sink. The elderly could scratch themselves with the springs.
The idea is the one below the original product.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ergonomics II

1. What is Ergonomics?
A science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability.

2.What are the 5 aspects of Ergonomics?
a) Safety

b) Comfort

c) Ease of use

d) Productivity

e) 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.

1. Safety:Medicine bottles — print sizes could be enlarged so those with impaired vision (due to sinus problems, for example) can more easily read the label instructions. Ergonomics can discover the optimum font style, color and size to enhance readability using the limited space available on a medicine label.

2. Comfort: Alarm clock display — some displays are harshly bright, drawing one’s eye to the light or keeping one awake when surroundings are dark. Ergonomic principles could redesign this based on contrast principles and include automatic dimming functions in low-light environments.

3. Ease of use: Street Signs — in an unfamiliar area, it can be quite difficult to spot street signs. This could be addressed by using principles of visual detection to make street signs more visible.

4. Productivity: Office furniture/equipment — the use of ergonomically designed office furniture and equipment (such as office chairs and computer input devices) can drastically reduce work-related injuries and employee absences.

5. Aesthetics : Signs in the workplace — signage could be made more aesthetic by using a consistent format throughout the workplace.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ergonomics I

1: One workplace has lots of items, and its very cluttered while the other workplace has lesser items, and it is all organized. One chair is not reclinable while the other chair is reclinable. One monitor screen is fixed while the other monitor screen can be moved. One workplace has a light bulb too bright while the other workplace has a normal light bulb. Workplace 1 has lousy movement of laptop while workplace 2 has a better movement of laptop. Workplace 1 has little space for a lot of items while workplace 2 has more space for more items.
2: Workplace 2. Workplace 2 has a much more nicer and organized area, and the equipment is much cooler.
3: The chair should be able to recline so that

QUESTION 3&4 will be coming