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Ergonomic design of a multilevel writing system for school children

: Meinken, K.; Rix, A.; Widlroither, H.; Plihal, U.; Muellerleile, A.

Karwowski, W.:
International conference on applied human factors and ergonomics, AHFE International 2008. CD-ROM : 14-17 July 2008, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, USA; Conference proceedings; jointly with: 12th international conference on human aspects of advanced manufacturing (HAAMAHA)
Las Vegas, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-60643-712-4
8 S.
International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) <2, 2008, Las Vegas/Nev.>
International Conference on Human Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing (HAAMAHA) <12, 2008, Las Vegas/Nev.>
Fraunhofer IAO ()

In an interdisciplinary approach a multilevel writing system for (pre-)school children was developed. The main goal was to support the stepwise development of the ideal gripping technique during the write learning process in order to enhance learning and typeface. Therefore four different pens were designed, each to be used at different stages of learning process. In a usability test, composed of graphomotoric exercises, interviews and video observation, 25 subjects evaluated the effectivity and acceptance of the new pens. Results showed that writing with the new pens was fun instead of work. The pens were found comfortable to write with and the targeted gripping technique was widely used among subjects.