Laptop and tablet use influences for seat design

Wednesday 18/04/2012 15:30-16:30
Location: Brunel University, Howell Building, Room H313
Speaker: Prof Peter Vink, Research Manager TNO Interior Design Group / Professor at Delft University of Technology, Faculty Industrial Design Engineering, The Netherlands

The use of laptops and tablets is increasing. In 2008 more laptops than desk tops are sold and tablet sales is increasing as well. This has influence on the design of office and vehicle interiors. However, the ideal tablet office or laptop aircraft seat, which results in an optimal position and experience, is hard to establish as for reading, typing and touchscreen activities other positions are experienced as comfortable. These changes in work devices have their consequences for the interior. For instance, in the office the desk top is not often used. In using the current desk top PC the keyboard, mouse and screen can be placed on every position. The guidelines prescribe for instance the screen height and the keyboard position. For a notebook this is more difficult as the keyboard and mousepad are connected to the screen. Sometimes a docking station or seperate screens, mouses and keyboards are connected. Or a notebook standard with keyboard and mouse is used. In this case the work station can be designed in such a way the VDU guidelines are met. Using a tablet with a touchscreen the human body position is completely different. For a train, car or aircraft seat this device use has its consequences as well. In this presentation several devices and environmental designs will be shown, background information and effect studies will be presented showing consequences for seat and environment design.

Peter Vink is principle scientist at TNO (the second largest applied scientific research organization in Europe), where he is specialized in leading research in design of work, work environments, interior design and work systems. In his group projects are carried out in the field of Participatory Ergonomics (how and who to involve in a design process), Comfort (hand tools, seats, vehicle interiors and improving working conditions) and Intelligent Manufacturing (developing simulation systems to improve the design of the organization and lay-out of assembly lines).

Peter Vink is also active as professor at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, where he guides 10 PhD students active in the field of interior design.

With more than 200 papers in the field of interior design he is often asked by industry for reach and consultancy and works for companies like Boeing, BMW, Gispen and SNCF. His latest books are “aircraft interior comfort and design” (CRC press, 2011) and “shown effects of the office interior (in Dutch)”, Kluwer, 2009.

Peter Vink has many memberships. He is for instance chairing the Crystal Cabin Award (the most prestigious prize in aircraft interior design) and member of the editorial board of the journal Applied Ergonomics.