RAPID PROTOTYPING AND THE HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING PROCESS

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Authors
  1. Beevis, D.
  2. St Denis, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Ergo-Science Inc, Montreal QUE (CAN)
Abstract
Rapid prototyping of conventional user-machine interfaces offers the possibility of putting the human operator "in the loop" without the effort and cost associated with conventional simulation. Advocates of rapid prototyping suggest that it is compatible with conventional systems development techniques. It is not clear, however, exactly how rapid prototyping could be used in relation to conventional human factors engineering analyses. An investigation of the use of the VAPS rapid prototyping system was therefore carried out in six companies. The results show that a variety of analytical approaches can be used to initiate rapid prototyping. Overall, it appears that rapid prototyping facilitates an iterative approach to the development of the user-machine interface, and that is most applicable to the early stages of systems development, rather than to detailed design.
Report Number
DCIEM-91-29 — Reprint
Date of publication
01 Mar 1991
Number of Pages
7
Reprinted from
Applied Ergonomics, vol 23, no 3, 1992, p 155-160
DSTKIM No
93-04568
CANDIS No
134684
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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