Ergonomics is the optimizing of the experience between human beings, and the designed objects and environments they interact with. According to the Eubios Ethics Institute, it is the relationship of humans with machines, in particular body posture in relation to engineering and includes features such as chair design, tool design, positioning of dials, room layout and computer interface which correspond to a healthy body form.
The Importance of Ergonomics to Designers and InventorsIn layman's terms, designing a product with ergonomics in mind means designing a product that feels good to use, is very efficient to use, and does not negatively impact the user. For example, an ergonomic computer keyboard would reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome and improve the typing speed of the user.
Ergonomics is now a field of study that you can get a college degree in. As an inventor or designer you might want to invest in a consultation with an ergonomist. However, learning and keeping the basics of ergonomics in mind while designing your product could make the difference between a hit or miss at the marketplace.
Good DesignWhile using your product does any of the following occur:
- Any Kind of Repetition
- Awkward Posture
- Static Posture
- Stressful Vibration, Contact, and/or Force
- Uncomfortable Temperatures