Friday, October 24, 2008

Ergonomics and Office of the Future - Part 1

Future ergonomic designs ...

"I began wondering recently what the office of the future will look like in terms of helping businesses be more productive and for their employees to be more comfortable. Here are a number of trends I see taking place with my thoughts on some of them. Let me know what you think!

PC, Laptop and Docking Station

Smaller CPU's or laptops will create more space in the workspace as well as create a more visually appealing look. Flat panels will add to this look and create more space on the desk as reduce glare.

The additional room on the desktop and below the work surface equates to a clearer mind. A clearer mind is sharper, more creative and innovative.

Computer users will find it much easier to focus if the backgrounds of monitor screen were yellow with blue writing. It has something to do with the cones and rods in the eyes. Go ahead and get out your marker and try it on paper! Are any computer monitor manufacturers reading this?

I see many more people using with card readers they slide into their keyboard that will enable them to work from a computer on the other side of the world and still be able to view their desktop. This is being implemented at many Fortune 500 companies because they have seen how beneficial it is for frequent business travelers.

The computer of choice will be a laptop and working in comfort with a flat panel monitor, ergo mouse and keyboard.

For those that use the laptop on the road I see accessories that will enable the computer user to work in more comfort... ergonomic mouse, ergonomic keyboard, and traveling "table."

People will learn the importance of not using the laptop in they exact ways that it is used now. I see an ergonomically designed laptop on the market that adjusts to fit each computer user.

Some of these adjustments include screen height and distance from eyes, a built-in ergonomic keyboard that comes out and adjusts to each person's shoulder width and a screen brightness button that works in many types of lighting to reduce glare.

Keyboards and Mice

I see most people using ergonomic keyboards and mice. They will not just settle for the traditional, flat keyboards from the manufacturers' anymore. They will demand more comfort at and adjustable keyboards that fit their body. Ergonomics will just be much more understood and accepted (if I have anything to say about it!).

There will be ergonomic keyboards designed with built-in mice in the front and center so that it is easy and comfortable to use. No more reaching to the mouse on the left or right.

Plus there will be lightweight, fold-up ergonomic keyboards designed for laptops for those who have not purchased their ergonomic laptop yet.

The more adjustable the keyboard the easier it can be adjusted to fit the person's shoulder width and build to keep their body working in a natural posture."    (Continued via EzineArticles, Wendy Young)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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