Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Latest in Computer Workstations

My jury is still out on this one, although I do think it rather cool. It looks open enough to eliminate complaints about claustrophobia, but I’m not sure how easy it would be for old creaky bones to get in and out.

The Clipper is a “virtual office”, a completely self-contained and enclosed ‘capsule’, 4’ wide, 7’ long, and 4.5’ high, designed specially for concentrated (and ergonomically correct) computer use.

This computer workstation provides perfect seating, viewing, lighting and air supply, as well as the option of total privacy.

Being inside is much like sitting in the cockpit of a small plane...with everything you need within easy reach.

As well as providing correct ergonomics, it allows a person to have a separate workplace without having a separate room.

The Clipper is shown at right with the side components removed. One can now see the unique seat arrangement.Once the footrest is correctly adjusted to the user the seat glides forward and tilts to the rear at the same time. As you tilt back a plunger is activated and keeps the seat from rolling to the rear which means that the body can totally relax, supported with chair and footrest.

Until now, the two elements which make up the computer-workstation, the seat, and the computer support surface, have been designed independently. Normally these two elements are seen as separate problems in the office, but not so in the automobile, the airplane cockpit or the space shuttle, where sustained performance is critical.



The problem

The computer can work to put the extraordinary muscles of the eyes to a considerable effort:
If the contrasts between light text on the screen, on a document and the symbols of the keyboard is too high may be up to 25,000 movements a day to adapt to light.
If you set your eyes on objects very close long as a screen. The muscles of the eyes are at rest if distant objects observed more than 6 meters.
If monitors and documents to be read are not placed at about the same distance, the eye muscles are forced to a continuous change of focus.

See a doctor regularly, particularly after 45 years.

Wink frequent
Fatigue reading
Obscure vision
Vision split
Discomfort in the light