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ErgoFlash: Super-Quick News Summaries (10/26/01)

Ergonomics in High Security
A Swedish company is utilizing ergonomics to improve the security of everything from mobile phones, to buildings, to firearms. The Company is developing a technology for scanning and matching fingertip patterns for determination of individuals’ identity, which replaces PIN codes and passwords in security applications. In order to facilitate excellent scanning of the fingertip pattern, thereby safeguarding system, the Company initiated an in-house ergonomics project that aims to study various methods of applying the sensor in different products and finding a design that guides the finger naturally to the correct position to be scanned.

CDC Grant Includes Ergo Studies
SpectRx, Inc. announced it has received a grant of $338,000 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand research on its continuous glucose monitor. The grant raises the total amount of CDC funding for the project to almost $1 million and will be used to adapt the Company’s technology to monitor glucose levels of children and aging populations with diabetes. The funding will be used to conduct clinical studies, research ergonomic issues and to assist in developing a plan for regulatory approval of the technology for children and the elderly.

Ergo Sweet Tooth
Toothbrush manufacturer Braun claims that their new toothbrush is just what parents need after sharing in their kids’ Halloween treats. According to the manufacturer, the Braun Oral-B Battery Toothbrush is ergonomically designed with a soft grip for control and has a brush head which cups the whole tooth to get rid of all the extra sweets consumed this time of year.