iPad ergonomics may be harmful

iPad and Steve JobsApple’s ballyhooed new iPad (and other e-readers like Kindle and Nook) can eventually lighten the load of student backpacks.  That’s good.  But Sargent College Professor Karen Jacobs, who researches how such gagets challenge human capabilities, fears the touch-screen iPad may lead to some unintended harmful ergonomic problems.

“In the case of the iPad, which has a completely touch surface, students will be using many different hand/wrist positions that place them in awkward postures.  Students are already reporting discomfort with small 2×3-inch touch pads, so we can imagine what an entire touch screen will cause in discomfort.”

Contact Karen Jacobs, 617-353-7516, kjacobs@bu.edu

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