Dan Odell, Ph.D., CPE

e-mail: drdanodell (at)yahoo |do.t| com

I am currently a Principal Researcher working at Google in the Bay Area. I conduct research blending Ergonomics, Human Factors, Mechanical Engineering, and HCI research to come up with cool concepts and fundamental findings that will (hopefully) impact the ways that we think about physical computer interaction.

Before joining Goole, I worked at Synaptics and Nokia Research as a Principle Researcher, and before that I was Design Ergonomist and User Experience Researcher working on computer input devices for Microsoft. At Microsoft, I got to work on cool projects like Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, the Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000, the Arc Touch Mouse, and Microsoft Surface.

Prior to Microsoft, I was a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering department at U. C. Berkeley. I got my undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, after which I worked at Icon Health and Fitness designing treadmills for the Weslo, Pro-form, NordicTrack, Reebok, Image, and HealthRider brands.

My graduate work focused on working in the area of Human-Computer Interaction to explore ways in which humans can use two hands while interfacing with a computer. This project had a software component aimed at identifying and testing input methods which enable bimanual computer interfacing. In addition, there was a hardware component which enabled both hands to provide input, as well as addressing several ergonomic deficiencies found in many of today's standard input devices. See the 'research' section of this web page for more details.

Here's a one minute video of what I did at Microsoft..

UC Berkeley, my alma mater, did a nice writeup of me here
I've given a few ergoexpo webinars, which you may be able to find here

I'm not currently doing the best job of keeping this site up to date (I prefer working on great projects rather than going back and writing about them). But, there's still plenty of cool stuff here - thanks for visiting!

I'll sign off with some of the work that I'm proudest of - the creation of the "ergonomist approved" line of products at Microsoft. These products all have 3rd party research demonstrating an ergonomic benefit for these designs relative to traditional input designs. Below is an example of one of these products - the Wireless Natural Laser Mouse 6000 (currently available only in the Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000).