/ ERGONOMIC ASSESSMENT
research / human factors / industrial design
We completed a virtual ergonomic analysis identifying the differences and theoretical improvements of a new, high-end bed platform over a previous model. Assessments were based on a series of tests in several use-case scenarios and were rated based on usability metrics and ergonomic accommodation. Tests accommodated a range of users from 5% female, 50% average user, to an 85% male. The metrics used to evaluate ergonomics were spine shape/body positions, joint angles, line of sight, and hip/center-of-gravity shift. Following analysis of the new bed, additional ergonomic recommendations were provided to guide the next generation bed improvements.