Ergonomic Interactive Testing in a Mixed-Reality Environment

  • Monica Bordegoni
  • Umberto Giraudo
  • Giandomenico Caruso
  • Francesco Ferrise
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4563)

Abstract

The field of computer graphics is greatly increasing its overall performance enabling consequently the implementation of most of the product design process phases into virtual environments. The deriving benefits of using virtual practices in product development have been proved intrinsically highly valuable, since they foster the reduction of time to market, process uncertainty, and the translation of most prototyping activities into the virtual environment. In this paper we present the developed platform in mixed environment for ergonomic validation. Specifically we defined a methodology for testing both aspects related to design and ergonomic validation by allowing the tester to interact visually and physically with the car dashboard control devices and related interface by the mean of a rotatory haptic device. By experimental session it has been highlighted that it is possible gathering qualitative data about the design, and finding typical occlusion problems, but also quantitative data can be collected by testing the infotainment interface and the consequent users’ distraction during the device use.

Keywords

Mixed environments ergonomic analysis tactons 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica Bordegoni
    • 1
  • Umberto Giraudo
    • 1
  • Giandomenico Caruso
    • 1
  • Francesco Ferrise
    • 1
  1. 1.Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Meccanica, Via G. La Masa 34, 20158 MilanoItaly

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