Keyword: ‘2009’

Including Preference in Anthropometry-Driven Models for Design

In Publications

Garneau, C. J. and Parkinson, M. B. (2009). ASME Journal of Mechanical Design 131(10).

In the design of artifacts that interact with people, the spatial dimensions of the target user population are often used to determine requirements of the engineered artifact. The expected variability in body dimensions (called “anthropometry”) is used to indicate how much adjustability or how many sizes are required to accommodate the intended user population. However, the quantification of anthropometric variability alone is not sufficient to make these kinds of assessments in many situations. For example, two vehicle drivers with similar body dimensions might have different preferred locations for the seat. In these situations, preference can be broken into two components: that explained by body size and the variability that remains. By quantifying the magnitude of both sources, preference can be included in modeling strategies and design decision-making. Continue reading…

Optimization of tool handle shape for a target user population

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Garneau, C. J. and Parkinson, M. B. (2009). Proceedings of the 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. San Diego, CA.

One goal of Designing for Human Variability (DfHV) is to optimize the interaction between user and device. Often, this interaction is dictated by the spatial dimensions or shape of the artifacts with which people interact. A novel approach that applies DfHV principles including virtual fitting trials to optimize the shape of an artifact is presented and applied to the design of a tool handle. Continue reading…

Using RFID for Targeted Advertising

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Iron Lion Design Challenge II (2009).

In the second year of the annual Iron Lion Design Challenge, the competition grew and the projects became more diverse. My teammate and I had the challenge of developing a system of serving targeted advertising (á la Minority Report).

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