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Chartered Institue launches mobile working guidance

Mobile device ergonomics and addressing the potential musculoskeletal risks is the area which we are focussed on. In order to help businesses we developed a comprehensive guidance document that includes a risk assessment check sheet. The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors has recognised the value of this work, and we are very pleased to say that they have re-launched the guidance under their own banner.The guidance is updated and improved. Contents page contains active links to ...

August 6, 2018

Stylus review - choosing from the pick of the bunch

Here at Mobile Office we are big fans of the stylus. There are some real ergonomic benefits to using them, like improving wrist posture, eliminating strain from repetitive finger movement and 'text claw', and for those of us with oversized digits – avoiding 'fat-finger' errors! But how to choose between them? There are literally hundreds to choose from though; smart ones, simple ones, long ones, short ones, chunky ones, skinny ones etc. etc. How do you decide what would suit you best? He...

January 27, 2017

Improving ergonomic habits when you're mobile working

More and more of us are working using mobile devices that gives us great flexibility and freedom to work wherever and whenever. This flexibility comes with a tradeoff though; mobile technology often results in poor physical ergonomics, introducing a risk of pain and discomfort. These ergonomics shortfalls can easily be addressed using 'ancillary' or peripheral equipment and making small changes to how we use our devices, but this often lapses and we go back to old habits. Equipment like laptop ...

October 19, 2016

How to work smarter when travelling

Working while we are travelling is valuable time for many of us. Often it's a bonus because we can get things done without 'losing' the time, but it comes with its own challenges, one of the main ones being trying to concentrate when the person next to you is crunching on an apple, rustling a crisp packet, or the kids behind are practicing kung-foo on the back of your seat etc.! Here are our tips for getting the best out of travel time if you have work to do. ...

September 26, 2016

Getting into good ergonomic habits for mobile working

It's a hassle, we understand that. Hauling additional bits of equipment all over the place - keyboards, mice, stands and risers. Its the 'straw that snaps the briefcases strap' or the 'waffeur thin mint' to squeeze into an already bulging rucksack. But is it really? Our A4 poster gives you 5 useful steps to getting into good ergonomic habits; taking kit with you and actually using it. Why not give them a go?...

September 14, 2016

The smartphone that turns into a laptop

The Superbook (shown above - image from Andromium - is a curious and novel device being launched on Kickstarter by Andromium. Essentially it is a laptop 'shell' which you can plug your Android phone into, and which becomes then your interface with your phone. You can then use your phone through the laptop, so yes, your phone essentially becomes your laptop, with an adapted interface more suited to laptop style use. What's the point? This is likely to be the reaction fr...

July 13, 2016

Mobile devices, musculoskeletal risk exposure in children, and a great opportunity for Corporate Social Responsibility

In any café or on any train across the country, you don't have to look far to see children peering and swiping at mobile device screens. It is hard to imagine what it must be like growing up with smartphones and tablets. They offer levels of immediate, controllable visual stimulation and which my own generation could barely even dream about (Donkey Kong anyone!?). 5 minutes peace! Tablets and smartphones are also sometimes used as modern day soothers. Parents who need a few moments to themse...

May 24, 2016

Infographic - Laptop and Tablet stands - advice on choosing and using

This infographic sets out the pros and cons of different types of mobile working arrangement, using the four main types of stand or riser currently available. It's important to choose equipment that is optimal for how you work. For example if you are doing long periods of mobile working, a laptop stand is likely to offer better long-term comfort than a wedge-type stand. Now you can use our infographic to help you decide which is the right one for you. If you have any questions feel free to ge...

May 18, 2016

One-handed keyboards - essential ergonomics or encouraging a higher risk technique?

Recently we've seen a number of one-handed keyboards for smartphones emerge into the market. Ergonomics in action maybe? We explore the pros and cons and set out our concerns about them. Increased screen size for smartphones seems to be the main driver for one-handed smartphone keyboards - the drift towards 'phablets' (5" to 6.9" screen size). Increased screen size means that with a keyboard spanning across the device, if you are trying to hold and type one-handed, reaching your thumb to the fa...

May 9, 2016

Wacky laptops and forgotten ergonomics

It's been said many times, so we won't labour the point, but laptops just aren't ergonomic. If you design something with the screen stuck to your keyboard, you either end up with people working with a poor neck posture – looking down at the screen, or you end up in some sort of odd bent wrist posture with the keyboard on an upwards slant. Or you try and fudge it somewhere in-between by slumping down in your chair. We can't choose what we need Assuming that adequate processing power and batte...

April 29, 2016

Ergonomics of detachables vs. tablets-used-as-laptops vs. laptops

For a long time now, we've wrestled with the conundrum of the laptop which offers technically very capable computing, in an unfortunately un-ergonomic form. With the screen and keyboard joined, it's been a case of neck-ache, or wrist-ache, and in the long term - computer hunch. From an ergonomics point of view, probably the biggest benefit of detachables or using tablets-as-laptops is that you can separate the screen and mount it on a riser. Increasing screen height using a riser will improve y...

April 26, 2016

Bring back the stylus - an ergonomics viewpoint

The stylus is a much ignored but useful accessory to mobile devices. We all know they are there for us to buy and use, but most of us probably don't bother. To quote Steve Jobs's words back in 2007 "Who wants a stylus!? You have to get 'em and put'em away, and you lose 'em, yuchhhh! Nobody wants a stylus, so let's not use a stylus." Strong words which have echoed through nearly a decade of mobile technology. Apple is only now with the iPad Pro grudgingly acknowledging that styluses might have s...

April 23, 2016

Mobile working - discussions from CIEHF 2016 conference workshop

The CIEHF annual conference is a great place to exchange ideas about ergonomics issues. Mobile Office held a workshop to give delegates an opportunity to discuss their views on mobile working, and to allow us to identify the concerns of the UK ergonomics community. It was interesting hearing other speakers at the conference, notably around the issues of using mobile technology in the healthcare sector. Mobile devices – use of tablets and smartphones to help with patient data recording and ot...

April 21, 2016

Managing musculoskeletal risks caused by mobile working - the legal basis (UK)

Are employers legally required to manage the risks from mobile working? The simple answer is yes! – employers have a duty to manage, as far as it is reasonable to do so, any risks arising from peoples work. Use of mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones carries a risk of musculoskeletal injury and eye strain, and those risks need to be managed as far as reasonably practicable by employers. Employers have a general legal duty of care towards their employees. This legal duty i...

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