Macdonald, A.S., Loudon, D., Rowe, P.J., Samuel, D., Hood, V., Nicol, A.C., Grealy, M.A. and Conway, B.A.
Towards a design tool for visualizing the functional demand placed on older adults by everyday living tasks
Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS), 6, (2), . (doi:10.1007/s10209-007-0078-8).
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This paper discusses the development of a design tool using data calculated from the biomechanical functional demand on joints in older adults during activities of daily living, portrayed using a visual ‘traffic-light’ system. Whole body movements of 84 older adults were analysed using a 3D motion capture system and reaction forces were measured by force platforms, and translated into a 3D software model. Although originally intended as a tool for designers, the early evaluation of this method of visualizing the data suggests that it may be of value across those involved in the professional care of older adults.
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