Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 27th Aug 2012 13:53 UTC
Editorial The dream of inexpensive computing for everyone has been with us since the first computers. Along the way it has taken some unexpected turns. This article summarizes key trends and a few of the surprises.
Thread beginning with comment 532695
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Ergonomics
by zima on Tue 28th Aug 2012 07:44 UTC in reply to "Ergonomics"
zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

Actually, I stumbled once on some research seriously exploring, from a medical standpoint, the ergonomics of computer usage - and the laptop turned out to be fabulous, enabling a position with very little strain in extended usage...

...which was nothing like people often use computers, on a ~desk - basically, it was a half-lying position with gently bent knees, all supported by pillows or some such.

Edited 2012-08-28 07:47 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE[2]: Ergonomics
by matako on Tue 28th Aug 2012 07:49 in reply to "RE: Ergonomics"
matako Member since:
2009-02-13

Hh, interesting... could be! Laptops are indeed very flexible as far as the posture goes.

But personally I find laptop displays just too small and positioned too low (too close to the keyboard). It is a strain. And a laptop with a extremely big display or external monitor is not really a laptop anymore.

Edited 2012-08-28 07:51 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[3]: Ergonomics
by zima on Tue 28th Aug 2012 09:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Ergonomics"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Though the screen size is relative, it being quite close when using a laptop ...plus, in the position I mentioned, it ends up being sort of closer to the height of eye level. :p

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: Ergonomics
by Lennie on Tue 28th Aug 2012 13:53 in reply to "RE: Ergonomics"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I actually have a proper set up chair and desk and never have problems.

Any time I even go near a laptop for a while longer than a quick 10 minutes I already experience discomfort.

So I have some doubts about that, but I do wonder if there is some link.

My guess is, it takes away the biggest advantage that a laptop or tablet or even phone has over a desktop computer. which is: mobility.

Edited 2012-08-28 13:55 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[3]: Ergonomics
by zima on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 15:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Ergonomics"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, research generally tends to trump personal anecdotes and feelings...
(how much of a ~placebo-like effects with those, here, regarding ~workplace layouts? Even more so if somebody has doubts when confronted with info contrary to long-held beliefs - quite a few of cognitive biases manifest themselves in such scenario. And I could quickly dig up some loosely related examples: http://plan9.bell-labs.com/wiki/plan9/Mouse_vs._keyboard/index.html or how, contrary to some people praising trackpoints, actual research suggests that touchpads are superior... http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=18522893 & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointing_stick#Comparison_with_touchpa... - and note that voices supportive of clit are of "subjective opinion" in character; and personally I do like trackpoints, I'm used to the concept, but...)

Anyway, most human dwellings have a ~bed of some kind, so adopting the general position I described, while being portable, shouldn't be much of a problem ;p (OTOH, yeah, overall mobility probably greatly helps by itself, allowing for quite great variability in body positions)

Reply Parent Score: 2