Anthrotech Tools of the Trade

What do necklaces, eyeliner pencils, rubber bands, and 3D scanners have in common?  They are all used in the process of collecting anthropometric data! In this article, we’ll go over some of the common – and uncommon – tools we use every day. The first tool on our list is the anthropometer. Anthropometer: The Versatile … more »

Anthropometry – A Brief History

Have you ever been shopping for clothes and wondered why you were a “small” and not a “medium”? How about the size of your seat cushion or the legroom in an airplane? Many products and services today are designed and optimized based on human body measurements. This data is collected using anthropometry – the study … more »

4 Important Questions to Answer Before Designing Your Applied Anthropometry Research Project

Designing any research project can be daunting, and those in the anthropometric arena are no exception. Many elements are required, like articulating clear grounds for questioning, qualitative and quantitative measurements, defining outcomes, and measuring results. Unfortunately, many researchers focus far too much on the details of the project before asking the important questions that determine … more »

Child Anthropometry – A Moving Target

Kids grow constantly, changing dimensions even while they sleep!  That makes designing products for children’s safety a complex and challenging task.  That’s why high-quality anthropometric data are critical to the design of so many things that children interact with every day, like bike helmets, school busses and car seats. Finding the Right Fit for Helmets … more »

The Importance of Measurements for Those with Disabilities

You might be surprised to learn just how many uses there are for anthropometric data. This article will focus on the design of workspaces, architectural living spaces and anthropometry’s key role in supporting those with disabilities. The US Access Board, an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities, creates building standards in … more »

Anthrotech is Now Hiring

We’re looking for the right people to join our team.    Anthropological Research Associate Ph.D. is preferred. Seek and write proposals for potential projects. Coordinate, plan, staff and implement 3D and related anthropometric projects. Fluency in 3D computer graphics software a plus. Travel, both nationally or internationally, to meet clients and to measure and scan … more »

Participant Recruitment

What we do here at Anthrotech depends upon a lot of data.  Heaps and gobs of data, to which we apply our decades of experience and expertise – ultimately resulting in projects which create products and environments that are more comfortable and safer for people around the world. If you’re new to Anthrotech, or simply … more »

Success Story: Measuring Police Officers

Police cars are getting crowded, and it’s not due to increased crime rates. Vehicle equipment such as computers and cameras fills the officer’s functional space. Making things even tighter is the Law Enforcement Officer’s personal gear with the addition of body armor,  body cameras, portable radios, tasers, and other weaponry on an overall larger citizenry. … more »

Baby Bottoms & Diaper Data

Since the 1940s, when Saks Fifth Avenue debuted Marion O’Brien Donovan’s rubber baby bottom covers (say that ten times fast), research scientists and engineers have been continuously improving the diaper. Just as important as absorptive capacity and comfort is a secure, leakproof yet flexible fit. Unlike in Elmo’s World, one cannot simply “Ask a Baby”. That’s … more »