The Friday Five is a set of five links that I have come across this week that pertain to ergonomics, occupational health, safety, human performance, or human factors. For whatever reason, I found them interesting, but they are provided with minimal or no commentary and are not meant to be endorsement for a given product.
Dr. Caitlin McGee, M.S., PT, DPT is a physical therapist with an interest in orthopedics and ergonomics for e-athletes. She posted an ergonomic review of a prototype of the Smash Box controller.
This article covers 5 common injuries that potentially affect gamers. Even though it is a couple of years old, it is still applicable today. Keep in mind that gamers can be going home and playing for several hours on a daily basis – issues that they have from poor ergonomics in their home gaming set-up can be carried over to their workspace.
The original Hermann Miller Aeron chair wasn’t built for office workers. The designers were working from input from senior citizens who listed needs such as cool temperatures, easy on the joints, and easy to get up from or sit down on. This article covers how these chairs ended up in offices across the world.
As always, it seems what is old becomes new again. This article about kneeling chairs and back pain recently popped up in one of my Google Alerts for ergonomics. I remember back in the late 1980s having one of these kneeling chairs in our house when I was a kid.
Boston Dynamics keeps building their amazing robots. Their latest robot, Handle, is able to maneuver for distances of up to 15 miles, carry loads up to 100 pounds, navigate stairs with ease, and leap up to 4 feet vertically. Could these be in warehouse environments in the near future? The creations of Boston Dynamics always make me wonder how long it will be before Skynet becomes self-aware.