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|Title: ||Loughborough University SKInS: wearable simulations of occupational health – defining specifications and product development|
|Authors: ||Cook, Sharon|
Gibb, Alistair G.F.
Richardson, John H.
|Issue Date: ||2012|
|Publisher: ||International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB)|
|Citation: ||COOK, S. ... et al., 2012. Loughborough University SKInS: wearable simulations of occupational health – defining specifications and product development. IN: Proceedings of the CIB WO99 International Conference, Singapore, 10-11 September 2012, 11 pp.|
|Abstract: ||A previous paper presented at CIB W099 2009 reported the authors’ aim to develop
wearable devices to simulate occupational health effects, and their consequential
impacts on both working and home life, as experienced by older construction workers.
The rationale for the research is that, when worn, the Loughborough University SKInS
(Sensory and Kinaesthetic Interactive Simulations) will enable younger workers to
directly experience age-related occupational ill-health conditions and so encourage
behavioural change and improve future occupational health. Furthermore, other industry
stakeholders (managers, architects, equipment designers, etc) should be able to better
appreciate the challenges faced by older workers and, through this improved awareness,
contribute to an attitude-shift to occupational health within the industry.
This paper describes the progress of the project in defining the specifications for five
given health conditions that are frequently encountered in construction. The
specifications were defined at mild, moderate and severe levels thereby enabling wearers to appreciate the progression of the conditions and their resultant impacts at
each stage. The paper further describes how the Loughborough University SKInS were
then developed to meet these specifications and discusses the limiting factors which
shaped the ultimate designs. Initial reviews by health professionals and industry
representatives regarding their fidelity and potential contribution to the industry are also
|Description: ||This is a conference paper. It will be available from the ICONDA®CIBlibrary at: http://www.irb.fraunhofer.de/CIBlibrary/about.html|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers and Presentations (Design School)|
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