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Title: Collection of anthropometry from older and physically impaired persons: traditional methods versus TC2 3-D body scanner
Authors: Sims, Ruth
Marshall, Russell
Gyi, Diane E.
Summerskill, Steve
Case, Keith
Keywords: Anthropometry
Body scanner
Disability
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © Elsevier B.V.
Citation: SIMS, R., 2012. Collection of anthropometry from older and physically impaired persons: traditional methods versus TC2 3-D body scanner. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 42 (1), pp. 65 - 72.
Abstract: With advances in technology it is now possible to collect a wide range of anthropometric data, to a high degree of accuracy, using 3D light-based body scanners. This gives the potential to speed up the collection of anthropometric data for design purposes, to decrease processing time and data input required, and to reduce error due to inaccuracy of measurements taken using more traditional methods and equipment (anthropometer, stadiometer and sitting height table). However, when the data collection concerns older and/or physically impaired people there are serious issues for consideration when deciding on the best method to collect anthropometry. This paper discusses the issues arising when collecting data using both traditional methods of data collection and a first use by the experimental team of the TC2 3D body scanner, when faced with a ‘non-standard’ sample, during an EPSRC funded research project into issues surrounding transport usage by older and physically impaired people. Relevance to industry: Designing products, environments and services so that the increasing ageing population, as well as the physically impaired, can use them increases the potential market. To do this, up-to-date and relevant anthropometry is often needed. 3D light-based bodyscanners offer a potential fast way of obtaining this data, and this paper discusses some of the issues with using one scanner with older and disabled people.
Description: This article was published in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics [© Elsevier] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ergon.2011.10.002
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1016/j.ergon.2011.10.002
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/10809
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ergon.2011.10.002
ISSN: 0169-8141
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Published Articles (Design School)

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