Suitability of virtual prototypes to support human factors/ergonomics evaluation during the design

Susanna Aromaa, Kaisa Väänänen

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    Abstract

    In recent years, the use of virtual prototyping has increased in product development processes, especially in the assessment of complex systems targeted at end-users. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the suitability of virtual prototyping to support human factors/ergonomics evaluation (HFE) during the design phase. Two different virtual prototypes were used: augmented reality (AR) and virtual environment (VE) prototypes of a maintenance platform of a rock crushing machine. Nineteen designers and other stakeholders were asked to assess the suitability of the prototype for HFE evaluation. Results indicate that the system model characteristics and user interface affect the experienced suitability. The VE system was valued as being more suitable to support the assessment of visibility, reach, and the use of tools than the AR system. The findings of this study can be used as a guidance for the implementing virtual prototypes in the product development process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)11-18
    JournalApplied Ergonomics
    Volume56
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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    Human Engineering
    Augmented reality
    Ergonomics
    Human engineering
    Product development
    Virtual reality
    ergonomics
    Crushers
    evaluation
    User-Computer Interface
    Visibility
    User interfaces
    Large scale systems
    Rocks
    system model
    user interface
    stakeholder
    Maintenance
    Virtual prototyping

    Keywords

    • human factors/ergonomics
    • virtual environment
    • virtual prototyping

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    In: Applied Ergonomics, Vol. 56, 2016, p. 11-18.

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