Computerized Dynamic Human Factors Mannequins Assess and Create Products and Environments for an Aging Population

by William T. Purviance, Inst for Technology Development, United States,
Adrian Baron-Robbins, Inst for Technology Development, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: University Programs in Computer-Aided Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing


A PC-based human factors symbol library helps make designs accessible to a broad populace. The system and research results described were developed in three phases. Knowing that in order to design effectively for older adults one must have complete information on their physical abilities, the authors began by reviewing human factors research. The second phase was to acquire more information on how older adults manipulate an environment. The two initial objectives were: a) find an existing system for rapidly capturing dynamic motion data or to invent one; b) transfer the newly acquired data to a user-friendly design tool. The third phase was to capture dynamic data on populations including older adults performing the ordinary movements everyone would expect to be able to do in an independent setting.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Data collection | Age factors | Human factors | Motion (dynamics) | System analysis | Computers | Public buildings

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