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Of Mice and Men: An Ergonomic and Market Assessment of Current Computer Mice

dc.contributor.advisorHsieh, Adam
dc.contributor.authorAsendorf, Nick
dc.contributor.authorBonnington, Melissa
dc.contributor.authorLai, Kelly
dc.contributor.authorLehman, Allison
dc.contributor.authorMahadeo, Dinesh
dc.contributor.authorMuench, Walter
dc.contributor.authorOlver, Ryan
dc.contributor.authorPatel, Puja
dc.contributor.authorRavichandran, Padma
dc.contributor.authorSichler, Jennifer
dc.descriptionGemstone Team MICE (Modifying and Improving Computer Ergonomics)
dc.description.abstractWork-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) are conditions that develop over time due to repetitive motion and can painfully affect the fingers, wrist, arm, shoulder, back, and neck. Studies indicate a correlation between heavy computer mouse use and the prevalence of WMSDs. Our team evaluated current ergonomic mouse designs to determine which features of mice reduce excessive muscle activation and harmful arm and hand positioning while still maintaining ease of use and marketability. A motion capture system tracked arm and hand positioning, EMG analysis measured muscle activation, force sensors quantified the user‘s clicking force, and a Fitts‘ test evaluated mouse use efficiency. To determine the marketability of mice features, surveys generalized user preferences, while focus groups closely examined specific market factors. All these systems were combined to identify areas of improvement in ergonomic mouse design.en_US
dc.subjectWork-related Musculoskeletal Disordersen_US
dc.subjectGemstone Team MICE (Modifying and Improving Computer Ergonomics)
dc.titleOf Mice and Men: An Ergonomic and Market Assessment of Current Computer Miceen_US
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dc.relation.isAvailableAtGemstone Program, University of Maryland (College Park, Md)

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