A healthcare technology firm, 24eight has developed core sensor technology that brings together MEMS/bio-sensing materials, cognitive algorithms, and wireless communication systems. The technology is able to monitor a patient’s walking patterns, identify deteriorating balance, and notify the patient and caregivers of potential issues that could lead to a fall.
Redesigning for Hardware Fit and Aesthetics
24 Eight selected Porticos to provide mechanical and industrial design for the sensor project. Our challenge was to resolve discrepancies between the original industrial design and the hardware layout, and to improve perception of the design.
Mechanical Redesign to Ensure Hardware Fit
Porticos was brought into the project after the hardware, board layout, and battery size had been defined and the look of the product had been established. As often happens, the original industrial design did not adequately consider the hardware layout. To reconcile the discrepancies, Porticos
- Ensured that the speaker, microphones, light pipes, button, and switches corresponded to locations provided in the industrial design.
- Identified smaller electro-mechanical components to ensure the hardware layout thickness did not exceed the volume provided by the industrial design.
Thoughtful Industrial Design Results in a “Thinner” Device
Porticos also developed new industrial design concepts based on the actual hardware layout requirements, ensuring that device aesthetics were satisfactory to the customer. Several concepts were reviewed with the customer and preferred aspects of each concept were taken into account. By focusing on organic shapes that minimized thickness at the parting line, Porticos was able to reduce the perceived thickness of the device, addressing customer concerns. The end result was a modern, clean-appearing product that is more consistent with handheld consumer electronic devices.