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Since the distant past, man has sought his comfort in handling his tools all this with the purpose of finding a better precision, scope, mobility, force, etc. From the first rock tools to the most modern ergonomic mouse and keyboard, we made great strides throughout history.
Prehistoric man adapted his tools and weapons to facilitate their use in hunting (projectile points, spear), harvesting (baskets) and fishing (hooks, plumb).
In this sense, it can be said that hunting, fishing, and agriculture were the first occupations of labor.
However, all these day-to-day activities of older populations were the first steps for innovations in ergonomics throughout history. The latter is the product of a long process of analysis, research and development.
With this we realize that the concept of ergonomics began to apply from previous years and today we can realize that it is not easy to adapt effectively to the work process, therefore it is necessary to adapt the work to us.
That the application of ergonomic principles is desirable and necessary, because of the undoubted increases in productivity that can be achieved while the best use is made of the abilities, skills, and abilities of human beings.
The first time the term of ergonomics was used was in 1857, by the Polish scientist Wojciech Bogumil Jastrzebowskl, in his writing “Science of Labor”, which deals with truths taken from nature, but was still very far from reaching the content Accurate given a hundred years later by the English.
Ergonomics as a multidisciplinary science has not emerged spontaneously but has been the fruit of a long evolution, developed through the analysis of work situations, seeking an adaptation of the work and environment surrounding the man who performs an activity.
Jules Amar, at the beginning of the 20th century, provides the basis of ergonomics by investigating static and dynamic muscle contractions.
He is concerned with the problems of fatigue, environmental ergonomics, temperature, noise and illumination and establishes the first research laboratory of physical work.
In World War I (1914-1918), the British government was concerned about the fatigue of the workers in the armament factories. Physiologists and psychologists conducted various investigations that were aimed at studying the improvements of workers.
In World War II (1939-1945), aircraft designs and cabinets caused a high number of human errors, caused by excessive physical and mental fatigue, due to the correct reading of the devices.
For the solution of these problems, multidisciplinary teams were created with engineers, psychologists, physiologists, anthropometrists and others. As a result, the “rational ergonomics” of aeronautical materials arises, and ergonomics specialists are hired.
From the application in the military material, one passes to the industrial material, where emerges an ergonomics with multiple disciplines.
The English psychologist Hywel Murrell defined ergonomics as the “set of scientific studies of the interaction between man and his working environment”.
In April 1959, the International Association of Ergonomics (IEA) was created in Stockholm Sweden, which has registered 33 federated societies and its function is to promote ergonomics at an international level.
The objective of the IEA is to bring together organizations and stakeholders in ergonomic research, through the promotion and organization of other activities.
Its main objectives are: to establish international contacts between people working in the field of ergonomics and to promote the knowledge and practice of ergonomics at international level and in developing regions, to cooperate with international associations to develop the practice and application of ergonomics in the industrial sector and in other areas of interest, besides promoting scientific research, rewarding future developments of ergonomics.
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Inventors usually perceive themselves as pioneers in their own field. To some extent, that may be true. However, you must understand that you will not be setting out on your own for the sake of pure knowledge and innovation. Rather, prospective inventors need to understand that they have to treat their inventions as they would any new business venture. It’s important to understand the invention definition in business. This is because essentially that is what we do – the very process of inventing is a form of business.
Learning the trade is the first step. Like with any industry, you will need to give yourself a proper education on how the business of invention works. This is crucial because you cannot go around spending money without having a clear understanding of the basic processes.
You will need to pay particular attention to the patenting process. You need to understand how your idea can eventually lead to royalty payments. Basically, you need to know how your ideas can be transformed into a prototype and how that can reach your target market. Memorize the steps by heart, as that will most likely be your bread and butter for the years to come.
Inventors must always have a firm grasp of the things they want to do. That is why it is crucial that once you have a concept in mind, you do your best to take that idea further.
You must understand that just because you thought of something great does not mean that you were the first to do so. That is why research is the first thing you have to do. This is pretty basic. For instance, you can simply look it up online to see if there are any matches. You can also look at those big retail stores to see if they are carrying any products that may seem similar to the one you have in mind. Finally, you have to check with the patent office if there is an existing patent on that particular idea.
If everything checks out, then you can go ahead and develop it further. If not, then do not be discouraged. It just means that your mind was on the right track. That being said, it is just a matter of time before another brilliant idea comes along. So just keep doing what you’re doing.