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Effects of notebook computer configuration and task on user biomechanics, productivity, and comfort.

Authors
Sommerich-CM; Starr-H; Smith-CA; Shivers-C
Source
Int J Ind Ergon 2002 Jul; 30(1):7-31
NIOSHTIC No.
20025966
Abstract
This study took a comprehensive approach to evaluating effects of using a notebook computer stand-alone or along with inexpensive peripheral input devices. The study examined effects on biomechanics, productivity, and discomfort, and considered the impact of both computer configuration and task performed. It was hypothesized that, in general, the stand-alone configuration would induce greater postural fixity and more non-neutral postures than configurations with peripheral input devices. Dependent measures included muscle activity, posture and posture variation/fixity, productivity, and subjective assessments of discomfort and preference. The data were generally consistent with the hypothesis, though some biomechanical advantages were identified for each configuration; specifics and exceptions are discussed, along with reasons for a general recommendation for the use of an external mouse, or mouse and keyboard (without number pad) when using a notebook computer for an extended period of time, as in a desktop replacement scenario.
Keywords
Muscular-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Computers; Computer-equipment; Work-areas; Work-operations; Ergonomics; Humans; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Cumulative-trauma-disorders
Contact
Ergonomics Laboratory, Department of Industrial Engineering, North Carolina State University, Box 7906, Raleigh, NC 27695-7906
Publication Date
20020701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
sommeric@eos.ncsu.edu
Funding Amount
171598
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-000169
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0169-8141
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Exposure Assessment Methods
Source Name
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
State
NC
Performing Organization
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
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