Tablet ergonomics

As with any other new technology it takes a while for research to be done and then the data to be analysed so we can put it to good use. There is now some solid research information available about tablet ergonomics, what to look out for, what to pay attention to and how to change your posture and usage so you are not putting unnecessary strain on different parts of your body. The ergonomics blog looks particularly at the problems which might occur for children and there is a lot of good information and sensible practice advised. It is important to notice children’s use of tablets and then help teach them the better way of going about using their tablets. digitaltrends look at the impact of the tablet on your neck which is the biggest area of concern. It’s important to get good information about tablet ergonomics so you can use it for yourself and then pass it on.

Don’t just sit there!

The Ergonomic TimesBack to ergonomics, courtesy of The Ergonomic Times. I subscribe to it so I get all the latest information and research on a daily basis. That is how fast the world is trying to cope with the problem of ergonomics and technology. Problem? Yes. It costs money if you don’t get it right. We also have some very alert researchers who are trying to get some solid data so we can adapt to technology and not cause strain and injury. Standing seems to be the trend these days. There is a case being made for standing workstations. I prefer this option where you get a choice. The article explains its arguments and rationale well but the bottom line is you have to help people change their habit of sitting with technology and you have to offer options. One of the options needs to be to go for a walk. People can be sitting for a long time with technology so they need a chance to be able to have a standing workstation, an opportunity to walk around a bit and get outside, even. What is commercially available may be too expensive, but a bit of thought and consideration can offer some workstation flexibility. This article on GeekWire emphasises how you can manage technology during a working day and what to avoid. It mentions dual monitors and to have them together at the same height. Well, at home, I put up a second monitor which is a bit higher so I have a standing option. I wanted to try it and it helps. It also helps to have a second monitor so I change what I am looking at and where.I am not just sitting there immobile. The more we think about it and work together , the better we shall get in creating technology work environments which do not provoke physical problems.

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