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Effect of two Notebook stands on work posture and productivity

Author: Könemann, R. · Kuijt-Evers, L.F.M. · Lingen, P. van · Sauvage, S. · Hallbeck, S.
Type:article
Date:2009
Source:Tijdschrift voor ergonomie, 2, 34, 60-65
Identifier: 160136
Keywords: Workplace · Lichaamshouding · Lichaamsbeweging · Arbeidsproductiviteit · Ergonomie · Vermoeidheid · Microprocessors · Microelectronica · Microcomputers · Computers

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of using a notebook stand on the physical load when working with a notebook in a home environment. Sixteen subjects evaluated working with a notebook by performing three different tasks using two notebook stands and without using a notebook stand. Body posture, productivity, perceived fatigue and comfort / discomfort and personal preference were measured. The authors found that subjects have significantly less neck flexion when using a notebook stand compared to using only a notebook. They also rated significantly less subjective fatigue in the neck when using a notebook stand. From this study, it can be concluded that the neck posture is objectively more neutral and subjectively less fatiguing. www.humanfactors.nl