EYES. Ergonomics in a conceptual design process for consumer electronic products

Myun W. Lee, Myung Hwan Yun, Donghyun Park, Young Ho Chun, Eui S. Jung, Andris Freivalds

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The purpose of the study was to develop an expert system for the conceptual design of high-touch consumer electronic products. 'High-touch' refers to a high level of ergonomic design in a product as opposed to merely 'high-tech' gadgetry in the product. Two major tasks were undertaken as part of this development: 1) the development of a conceptual design process for potential consumer electronic products using an expert systems concept and 2) the specific evaluation of ten Daewoo prototypes (TV, VCR, audio system, microwave, vacuum cleaner, ergonomic keyboard, universal remote controller, intelligent telephone, and micro computer for pre-school children) based on the above system. The expert system being developed incorporates the production model of conceptual design theory and the ergonomic principles used in the electronic products design. More specifically, the system, named EYES (Electronic Yuppie Expert System), uses EXSYS Professional as the expert system shell and are designed to process the information on the relationship between human functions and the product design requirements to find the conceptual design of potential new product. To elicit the general response to these potential products, a consumer survey was conducted. The result of the survey suggested that practical factors such as product functions, controls and ease of use etc. are more important than so called 'image factor' such as brand name & size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-470
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors Society
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the Human Factors Society 35th Annual Meeting Part 1 (of 2) - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: 1991 Sept 21991 Sept 6

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future research issues' in Visions. Proc Human Factors Society 35th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California, 2-6 September 1991. The Human Factors Society, Santa Monica, California, Vol 1 (1991) pp 167-171 (2 refs) A major shift is occurring in the population age distribution resulting in a growing number of older persons with an increasing demand for mobility. For a variety of reasons, meeting the present and future mobility needs of older persons will depend primarily on the automobile. This paper discusses key issues related to ongoing and planned research sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to improve the mobility and safety of older drivers and pedestrians. The scope of FHWA research activities concerns aspects of highway design and operations that involve direct user interface. For example, geometric design and traffic control device standards explicitly consider quantifiable driver characteristics such as perception-reaction time or visual acuity. Ongoing research is addressing the extent to which existing traffic control device elements accommodate drivers with age-related diminished performance capabilities. Current work is testing older driver responses to brighter and larger signs with varying legend spacing and font characteristics in order to make recommended changes to existing highway signing standards. Older driver perception-reaction time is being evaluated in a variety of intersection, stopping, and decision sight distance situations. Studies are also under way to improve pavement markings and delineation systems to enhance their utility for older drivers. Driving simulation and field methods are being used to investigate vehicle manoeuvres which cause difficulties for older drivers so that improvements can be made to highway design and operations. Future studies will determine the capabilities and limitations of older pedestrians, address the visibility problems of symbol signs and changeable message signs, and investigate all aspects of intersection design and operations in light of older driver and pedestrian capabilities.

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  • General Engineering


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