Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ergonomics (Product Description and Idea Trigger)

1) Take a picture of the product.

2) Post the picture and answer the questions as follows.

i) Describe the product. (Appearance, Color, Function, etc)

It is a yellow star sponge attached to a green stick. It is used for cleaning like a sponge, but with a more comfortable grip.

ii) What are the design considerations when designing this product?

How is it more comfortable and efficient, that it would be better than an existing sponge, and more convenient for its main users (housekeepers like elderly).

iii) Would an elderly faced difficulty using this product? If yes, what are the difficulties that the elderly would face?

Yes. The grip is uncomfortable and unwieldly and the star-shaped sponge is less functional.

iv) What do you think can be done to improve on the design of the product to suit the elderly? (Sketch the improved design in your sketchbook and take a picture of it. Post the improved sketch at the end of your post.)

- Cylinder grip with grooves for better grip.

- rectangular sponge instead of star for more surface area (function) instead of aesthetics.