Accession Number:

AD0707142

Title:

FOOT OPERATION OF CONTROLS: SPEED OF ACTIVATION AND EXERTION OF FORCE TO PEDALS; PERCEPTION, SPEED AND ACCURACY OF LEG AND FOOT MOTIONS,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1970-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

The literature pertaining to foot operation of controls is reviewed and a new experiment is reported. Published experimental results clarify only some isolated aspects of leg and foot motions. Even the relatively often investigated speed of operating pedals and forces that can be applied to them have been studied under such different experimental conditions that no general statements are possible concerning what pedal can be operated most quickly or forcibly. Opinions about the advantages and disadvantages of hand versus foot operation do not appear to be based on experimental findings. In an experiment, seated young adult male subjects moved the right foot as rapidly as possible over distances of 15 cm to circular targets. The direction of these discrete movements was studied for accuracy of motion. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE