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MPod

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Many people use personal electronic devices such as iPods to store music, downloads, and other information. Now, Marines can use a tool called the MPod, made just for them and based on the iPod Touch. When he created the MPod, engineering psychologist Peter Squire had a specific type of Marine in mind -- those who work on cars, trucks, and other automotives. Those Marines were using books to help them figure out how to repair each vehicle. With the MPod, the mechanics have that information at their fingertips as well as other handy tools such as a calculator, a translator, and even a flashlight. But this raised the question: would Marines with larger fingertips have trouble using a touch device? Dr. Squire conducted research to find out -- and the results surprised him.
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Key Terms:

The Scientific Process
Personal Electronic Devices
Fingertip Surface Area, Human Systems Integration

 

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    A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
General Educational Support
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Books-A-Million
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Publix
  • Wells Fargo
PBS Kids Programs
  • Alabama Power
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  • Children's of Alabama
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  • US Space & Rocket Center
American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Southern Education Desk
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting