Research Study of Anchorpak's Biometrics at University of New England Motion Analysis

 Since we began selling Anchorpak bags in 2014 we've consistently heard:

"This is the most comfortable bag I've ever owned"! 

This past summer we began collecting the biometric data to understand more about why the Anchorpak is so much more comfortable than other cross body bags.  The University of New England's Motion Analysis Laboratory offered to look into how it works.  

The research was designed to help us understand the mechanics behind the comfort, frequently described by our customers as  "a lot lighter feeling than my bag"!

So, the basic premise is to undertake the steps to illuminate the simple but complex activity of carrying whatever we can't hold in our hands in a more logical way. 

Because we wanted to know more about the precise physics of carrying and how our bag and other bags actually perform — how weight and force interact with the shape of the bag and transfer those forces to the muscles and joints in the body — we applied to the Maine Technology Institute for a grant to study this question.  We were awarded that grant and the study has just begun this month at UNE.

The lab's resources include the latest 3D Motion Analysis Software, as well as an eight camera Qualisys Track Manager System, three AMTI Force Plates, a sixteen-channel Noraxon Wireless EMG System, and a Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometer. 

The basic premise is to undertake the steps to illuminate the simple but complex activity of carrying whatever we can't hold in our hands in a more logical way. 

We will compare our bag to messenger bags and backpacks and even to itself to see if it's possible to increase the efficiency of the bag's capacity to handle pressure on the body.  

We will keep you up to date on the study as it goes along and show you the cool pictures this 3D software generates.  We welcome any comments or ideas you may have.  

The picture here is of our team: Katy Rudlolph, Phd. Biometrics/PT, Michael Lawrence, Lab Director, Tucker Troast, Anchorpak Intern and Ralph Rosales Anchorpak pattern consultant.  


1 comment

Dec 15, 2016 • Posted by Allen Wicken, PT, MS

I read the story in the PPH this morning with increasing interest….for at least a couple of reasons…your innovative design work since our eldest son (a Maine native as well) is an industrial design graduate from Syracuse University. He now lives in Boulder, CO. And I am a physical therapist (since 1974), have 17 years of directing the PT department at Maine Medical Center…and since 1991 have been an ergonomic consultant with business and industry in Maine initially, and across the country since then.
The UNE PT and Biomechanics connection piqued my interest as well, as its department chair, Mike Sheldon, is a good friend, as are other faculty members.
After checking out your website, I forwarded the story to my son Gregg in Boulder….I know he will read it with great interest, given that he also an avid bicyclist….and in the biking capital of the “western world”…or so it seems.
I congratulate you on your work….impressive designer/PT collaboration that Gregg and I have engaged in for years. We live in our cabin on a lake in the Rangeley area, since both of our sons (who grew up in Cape Elizabeth, we lived near Crescent Beach) are well out of the nest and living and working/collaborating together in Colorado (other son lives in Golden….their “Balloon Innovations” warehouse/offices are just north of Denver in Westminster. Gregg designs the display products for the business.
At any rate, I hope to cross paths at some point with you…. clearly I am impressed.
Allen Wicken, PT, MS

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