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Review of measuring microenvironmental changes at the Body–Seat interface and the relationship between object measurement and subjective evaluation

Liu, Z., Cascioli, V. and McCarthy, P.W. (2020) Review of measuring microenvironmental changes at the Body–Seat interface and the relationship between object measurement and subjective evaluation. Sensors, 20 (23). Article 6715.

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Abstract

Being seated has increasingly pervaded both working and leisure lifestyles, with development of more comfortable seating surfaces dependent on feedback from subjective questionnaires and design aesthetics. As a consequence, research has become focused on how to objectively resolve factors that might underpin comfort and discomfort. This review summarizes objective methods of measuring the microenvironmental changes at the body–seat interface and examines the relationship between objective measurement and subjective sensation. From the perspective of physical parameters, pressure detection accounted for nearly two thirds (37/54) of the publications, followed by microclimatic information (temperature and relative humidity: 18/54): it is to be noted that one article included both microclimate and pressure measurements and was placed into both categories. In fact, accumulated temperature and relative humidity at the body–seat interface have similarly negative effects on prolonged sitting to that of unrelieved pressure. Another interesting finding was the correlation between objective measurement and subjective evaluation; however, the validity of this may be called into question because of the differences in experiment design between studies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: MDPI AG
Copyright: © 2020 by the authors
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58954
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