Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ergonomics (Product description and Idea Trigger)

Product: Shoe Brush

i) Describe the product.

The product is a blue shoe brush with two ends. Both ends can be used to brush the shoe. The end with more bristle is normally used to cover a larger area on the shoe. The opposite end would then be used to cover a smaller area more finely. At that end, there is a hole for one to hand the product. There is no grip on the brush, so friction cannot be increased, and the brush will slide when one uses it. However, there is a curve for a grip closer to the area with more bristle. The bristle itself is hard and thick to scrub dirt off shoes with harder textures.

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

• How is the product used?
• What could be done to increase to effectiveness of the product?
• Which design could be best used to lessen the time used, but with better results?
• How does one grip onto the product when using it?
• How can the texture be changed, so that the user has more comfort and ease?

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

Yes, the elderly would face difficulty when using this product.

• Firstly, the brush does not have a good grip for one to grip on. The brush would keep sliding with recurring use. This would become a problem for the elderly, as they would need to exert more force when they are already quite weak.

• The end with less bristle can have a grip on its own, because that way it would be easier to use that side, instead of the one with more bristle.

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.)

The product can have a grip included, so that there is friction, to stop the brush from sliding.

Another grip could be made for the smaller and finer end.

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