Avatars help design ergonomic washing machines

To understand what happens when users load and unload washing machines eight hours every day, five days a week, Electrolux Professional took a rigorous and creative approach to ergonomic design. They used avatars.

Sophisticated 3D body-motion data-capture wearables

Seven volunteers were hooked up to computers via sophisticated 3D body-motion, data-capture wearables. This generated an avatar which could simulate all critical movements, thus allowing medical and ergonomics experts to analyze the results.

The study was carried out ‘live’ at a facility in Ljungby, Sweden. Six washing machines and four driers machines, from Professional and competitors, were connected to water and electricity, drains and air outlets. The participants, with a mix of ages, height, gender and background, were given a range of tasks to perform.

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