• Methods of 3D data applications to inform design decisions for physical comfort

Ahmed-Kristensen, Saeema and Stavrakos, Stavros-Konstantinos, 2016, Journal Article, Methods of 3D data applications to inform design decisions for physical comfort Work, 55 (2). pp. 321-334. ISSN 1051-9815

Abstract or Description:

This paper examines the incorporation of anthropometry in the design of external-ear devices. The aim of this paper is to provide different methods to support design applications (ways of analysis) of 3-dimensional head and ear data with a focus on external ear products. 200 persons representing the Danish population were scanned. The 3-d data was collected, refined and analysed. A matrix containing 29 new ear dimensions was generated. An analysis of the dataset through understanding of human and product geometry and methods of visualisation of the dataset generated an additional number of 9 advanced dimensions. The paper finally presents all phases of the analysis of the 3D data in the form of a methodological framework. The paper contributes with, in addition to the methodological framework, techniques to extract data based on a mathematical and product understanding, visualisation of data and manual extractions and how the data can be used to define archetypes for focus groups and other qualitative assessments. In their endeavour to develop successful and comfortable products designers should focus more on fitting the task into the human by benchmarking human dimensions against product data.

Official URL: https://content.iospress.com/articles/work/wor2399
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
School or Centre: School of Design
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-162399
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2018 16:24
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 14:31
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3321
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