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Title: Representing older and disabled people in virtual user trials: data collection methods
Authors: Gyi, Diane E.
Sims, Ruth
Porter, J. Mark
Marshall, Russell
Case, Keith
Keywords: Ageing
Design ergonomics
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: © Elsevier Ltd.
Citation: GYI, D.E. ... et al., 2004. Representing older and disabled people in virtual user trials: data collection methods. Applied Ergonomics, 35 (5), pp. 443 - 451.
Abstract: A database was developed to support the creation of a computer-based tool which will support design teams in evaluating the usability of a design during early prototyping and indicate which individuals are effectively excluded or designed out. Methods are described for the collection of multivariate data on 100 real individuals covering a range of physical characteristics and capabilities. These data were tested to ensure a breadth of representation of individuals (particularly older and disabled people) in terms of anthropometry, joint constraints, postural capabilities and task behaviours. The concept of the design tool itself is explored by conducting virtual user trials in the computer-aided design environment. The novel approach of the research encourages empathy with individual users and allows generic abilities, such as bending, reaching and lifting to be assessed.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Applied Ergonomics [© Elsevier Ltd.] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2004.04.002
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2004.04.002
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/10811
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2004.04.002
ISSN: 0003-6870
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