About the Accessibility Simulator
The most important tasks of the Simulator include the development of didactics and scientific research in the field of universal design, organization and conducting of awareness training courses for academic teachers in the subject of disability and elements of universal design, and conducting laboratory classes.
The Simulator organizes meetings, training, and workshops, cooperates with the Office of Support for People with Disabilities, and coordinates changes in education programs related to the issues of universal design.
The purpose of equipping the Accessibility Simulator with systems for measuring the distribution of forces and pressure was to expand the research and measurement possibilities, especially in the field of research on the ergonomics of gripping and sitting.
1. GRIP force distribution and pressure measurement system. The Grip System measures and processes the pressure exerted dynamically or statically on the objects being gripped. The system provides detailed information on the pressure profile, the resulting forces and graphically displays the quantitative analysis of various gripping applications.
Whether the Grip system is used to improve the ergonomics of the grip or to analyze the human grip, it is the perfect tool for measuring pressure and force.
2. BPMS measures the pressure distribution exerted by the human body over surfaces such as seats, mattresses, upholstery, and backrests. The BPMS system consists of software, hardware, and sensors (mats) in the form of a thin film. The spatial resolution of the mat is 1 sensel / cm2, and the number of sensel on the mat is 2016.
The ultra-thin mat enables its use without affecting the measured surface or changing its characteristics. The combination of these factors makes it possible to precisely measure a given location and to determine the difference between the greatest pressure and the remainder of the distribution.
Implementation and effects
After delivering the system, WObit experts conducted a three-day training for employees of the Academy of Accessible Space Development. They provided specialist knowledge related to the use of the system for measuring the distribution of forces and pressure and presented the wide application possibilities of both systems.
We hope that soon students of the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin will be able to personally test the operation of the devices.
The entry will be updated with the results of the research carried out by the Accessibility Simulator.
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