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Augmented reality (AR) posture training for manual material handling: iterative design, evaluation, and recommendation for AR interface
Virtual Program Session
Usability and System Evaluation
DescriptionManual material handling (MMH) tasks can pose risks of musculoskeletal disorders for workers, which makes posture training programs essential. The ultimate goal of this research was to design and evaluate an augmented reality (AR) based training platform, namely the virtual instructor application (VIA). Specifically, the usability problems revealed from the preliminary version (VIA-1) were addressed and enhanced features were implemented in the current version (VIA-2). The usability of VIA-2 was assessed by ten individuals with experience of MMH. Participants explored VIA-2 while performing a series of predefined tasks. A usability questionnaire was administered, and a brief interview was conducted. Results showed that VIA-2 had increased usability compared to VIA-1. While some visual content display issues occurred, a future minor refurnish can address these problems. Finally, the iterative design and evaluation scheme can be applied to the future design of AR-based training programs and evaluation protocols.