The “Back Straight Boys”: From Observations to Invention

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Q. What are the baseline data for “good posture” that are programmed into the Posture Pad?
A. [Ethan] Because each person is a different size and shape, we could not just program in a set of parameters. Calibration should be performed at the beginning of each session to ensure
accurate readings. Baseline data for each individual user are then be used to compare the user’s posture over time when using the Posture Pad.
Q. What are your career plans? What colleges or degrees interest you?
A. [Sean] I am not sure which colleges I would like to attend in the future. I would like to do something in the fields of math and science, because these subjects catch my attention at school. Something that I enjoy is music engineering. I am a big fan of almost any kind of music, and I think it would be great fun to be producing it.
A. [Brandon] I am interested in pursuing architecture. Designing and building things has always been an interest for me. I have a very vivid imagination and love creating things from my ideas. I would love to attend California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo. I have always enjoyed coming up with solutions to problems and have always loved building things. Therefore, I am also thinking of going into an engineering career.
A. [Michael] I plan to attend a four-year college and hopefully medical school to become a doctor. I have always loved the TV show House. Every day, he is faced with a new patient to cure and a new problem to solve. Even though it may not be accurate, House has given me somewhat of an inspiration to become a doctor. I want to be the guy solving the problems and saving lives.

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Pamela Savage-Knepshield is chief of the Human Factors Integration Division at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED), Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Elizabeth Caplinger (Fort Leonard Wood, MO), Jessie Chen (Orlando, FL), and Charlie Hernandez (Fort Sill, OK) also work at ARL HRED. Courtney Savage is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BS in exercise science and dietetics.

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