Tag: human factors


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May 2015

One Giant LEAP for the Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have posted a video on YouTube promoting Defence Research and Development Canada’s CAN-LEAP combat mobility course. This course was developed by HSI® in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps (USMC), by using feedback from operations to design realistic obstacles with advanced sensors to quantify...

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May 2015

Considering Human Factors in Military R&D: A Body Armour Example

In military research and development, we often come across equipment specifications that have to be met to resolve technical issues and keep pace with the capabilities of other nations. Because new and exciting technologies are developed at an unprecedented rate, it’s easy to focus on the technological attributes of new...

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A System for Making Choices

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Apr 2015

A System for Making Choices

Life is a series of choices. Some are simple, such as deciding to take an umbrella with you on a cloudy day forecast for showers. Others, however – such as which refrigerator to purchase from a wide selection of colour, configuration, brands, benefits and prices – are not. When trying...

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Military soldier holding and aiming weapon while on knee

07

Apr 2015

Shooting Pain: Solving for Humans in the Recoil Equation

If you’ve ever seen an action movie like ‘The Matrix’ it’s doubtless that you’re aware of weapon recoil. For some reason, every time someone pulls a trigger, their weapon dramatically kicks up and backwards, and a brass bullet casing falls to the ground in glorious slow motion. While action movies...

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My Path to Using Science to Help People

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Feb 2015

My Path to Using Science to Help People

When I set out on the path of biomechanics research as a career, my driving thought was, “I want to use all of this applied science, to which I’ve devoted the last three years of my life, to actually make a difference in people’s lives.” For the first three years...

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Bird's eye view of New York City streets

23

Jan 2015

The Grid: Supercities Made Easy

I love New York. That’s the saying, right? Google tells me it’s been New York’s slogan to promote tourism since 1977. Upon my recent visit to NY for the first time, I have to admit, it’s the perfect slogan – I too love New York. The culture is amazing, the...

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Classic-looking stop watch

07

Jan 2015

Lineups: Time Slipping Away

In the lifespan of seventy years, researchers estimate that humans spend three years waiting in line. My first thought is…only seventy years in my lifespan!? My next thought… more than three years of waiting!? Of course, when you think of all the times you line up, you begin to wonder...

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Pair of glasses resting on an optometrist's Letter Screen

26

Nov 2014

Training the Lazy Eye

Linda Varga It is never good when someone uses the word lazy to describe any part of you. “Lazy: adjective; not liking to work hard or to be active; not having much activity; moving slowly” (Merriam-Webster, 2014). Nobody wants to be called lazy and nobody wants to admit they are...

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