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.
This product is a natural toothbrush. It is made of wood shaped like a stick. It is brown in colour, with rough texture. The toothbrush is used by brushing your teeth with the edge of it. Then, the edge is cut off to be able to be used again.
(ii) What are the design considerations when designing this product?
It has to be waterproof so in will not have any mould, less rough so the elderly will not cut themselves, and whether it can be cut easily.
(iii) Would an elderly faced difficulty using this product? If yes, what are the difficulties that the elderly would face?
They may have problems cutting it because of weaker muscles, and they may cut themselves if the toothbrush is too rough.
(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.)

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