Lights, camera app-tion!

Nuremberg in March 2021

We now present everything you need to know about the "newcomer app" - ergonomically sustainable and innovative at the same time.

On-trend, digital, health-promoting and scientifically based - that is HUMEN® dynamics, the ergonomic app of the IGR. A "high-tech tool" that not only opens up innovative perspectives on health and ergonomics in companies. Rather, the app impresses both noticeably and visibly. Thanks to lively interaction and expressive visualisation, it raises awareness for unburdening, correct movement sequences in production or trade. HUMEN® is now available for download: in the Apple Store or on Google play.

Humen Dynamics - Why?

Whether it's demographic change, late retirement or global technologisation: the face of our working world and its requirements is changing constantly and completely. Not in a distant future, but now. The focus is on the physical and mental well-being of all employees. Because only those who feel fit and agile will remain active in their professional lives for as long as possible. So it's time to raise awarenes for these topics accordingly. And for healthy ergonomics at the workplace - from optimal equipment to ideal movement sequences.

This is precisely why the IGR developed a forward-looking concept to promote workplace ergonomics. In cooperation with Prof. Dr. Gerold Bausch 's team at the Laboratory for Biosignal Processing at the HTWK Leipzig, the computer-based application HUMEN® dynamics was developed. Already available offline since September 2019, the tool is very popular with the responsible health managers. Because instead of dry theory, the motto is:

A picture is worth a thousand words

Only a short "in action video" recorded directly or live at the workplace is sufficient for an exact evaluation of the motor function with the help of HUMEN® dynamics. In plain language: film, upload the file and it is sent by email via the IGR to the HTWK for analysis. An analysis that is not only easy to understand, but also inspires with visual clarity.

In this way, employees, supervisors or "health representatives" discover what is wrong with their own reflection in the video. Ergo-Man (an anatomical stick figure) evaluates and documents all movements of the knee, shoulder and spine. This is based on the RULA standard (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment). The colour of the Ergo-Man changes from green to orange to red according to the traffic light system - depending on error rate, time required and need for improvement. An all-round successful procedure: simple, sustainable and motivating at the same time, all because it is tangible.

"Health is digital

But there is even more high-tech potential in HUMEN® dynamics, namely and this has finally been implemented accordingly in a technically creative way. HUMEN® dynamics has thus become a hip, digital trendsetter. Or rather: a mobile, smart & interactive app. An app that literally invigorates the ergonomic market:

Always at hand - It's in our hands

Thanks to smartphones, tablets & co., HUMEN® dynamics is now ready for use anywhere and any time. The app picks up employees, colleagues and managers directly where they regularly are: at their workplace. There is no need for tedious appointments with each other or cumbersome procurement processes for (video) equipment. Because the mobile phone is quickly pulled out on site and off you go - assuming successful installation including registration of an account. Now it's a matter of:

Lights, camera, app-tion!: "Participate" instead of ONLY "being on the sidelines".

Because ultimately, the successful mix of fresh, lively communication and gripping (social) interaction makes all the difference. The enthusiasm for long-term ergonomically healthy behaviour intensifies immensely. So don't hesitate to be your own director or play the lead role in your own film. Let yourself be carried away by the game!

How does it work? It's very simple! Hold your smartphone across (director), throw it into a T-pose (actor), press "record" and it's all done: separate movements or entire sequences - from individual workers to several colleagues to entire departments.

Is the shoot is not going according to plan? Because the motor sequences are not optimally staged? The protagonists don't appear complete, the 60 seconds of film time are not exhausted or actually exceeded? Don't worry! From saving all videos to individual post-processing to the chronological sequencing of several sequences, no desires remain unfulfilled.

Smart thanks to central automation

Incidentally, this also applies to all the processes involved in editing the videos. Whether it's the digital allocation of technical information for better ergonomic understanding, the fee-based ordering and evaluation or the filming itself: All processes run completely automatically and centrally via the app, ultimately ending up directly with the right contact person. In plain language: the video clip for analysis at the Triforx / HTWK team in Leipzig, the data for the invoice at the IGR.

Time-consuming conversion of (film) files is now a thing of the past, as is the "sending back and forth" of numerous mails to different contacts. Even preliminary discussions with external ergonomics consultants are no longer necessary, but still possible if required. In times of "social distancing", this is a big plus.

Promote health, not endanger it

This is ultimately the basic tenor of the app. The methodology of HUMEN® dynamics is therefore based on current scientific findings from the disciplines of occupational science, medicine and physiotherapy. The results from the ergonomic analysis and assessment come from the respective specialists.

Did you know? The app not only protects your health, but also your sensitive user data: DSGVO and secure encryption on secure servers are keywords here. Last but not least:

Wirbelix helps - with wit & in colour

Who is that? Voilá, we introduce (for those who don't know him yet): Wirbelix - comic figure, mascot and expert virtual assistant. He guides through the programme in a relaxed and informal manner, eliminating ambiguities as well as any digital uncertainties or fears of contact. With his smart, almost relaxed manner, he gets everyone on board without exception - from "digital natives" to "boomers". In short:

Health is really fun!

The HUMEN® dynamics app offers a motivating introduction to the (digital) world of workplace health promotion: fast, simple, "low-threshold" - for ALL generations. This is exactly what both sides benefit from: Employers, but also employees. So what are you waiting for? Give your health management a digital upgrade and add the mobile app HUMEN® dynamics!

Questions, requests, suggestions or proposals? We at the IGR are here for you! 

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