Thursday, September 23, 2010


1. What are the difficulties that you have encountered during the process?
-The difficulties I had encountered were the difference between qualitative and quantitative.

2. How do you overcome the difficulties encountered?
-I thought of new solutions with my teammates.

3. What are the 2 key takeaways for this lesson?
-The importance of quantitative and qualitative.
-The need to test my results.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ergonomics (Product description and Idea Trigger)

Name: Orange Skin Peeler.
Appearance: A circle to put a finger in, with a sharp edge at one of the sides to cut into the orange skin.
Colour: White
Function: To cut off orange peels.
(ii) The design considerations were to make is easy and usable for whoever is using it.
(iii) Would an elderly have difficulty using this product?
No. Unless the elderly has no fingers or cannot move his fingers, he/she should be able to use the product.
This is the new design. The "Ring" is made up of special rubber which has the properties of a rubber band, so that users of different sizes can use it. And furthermore. the ring is more comfortable and has more grip.



Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ergonomics II

Whats is Ergonomics?
- The study of people in their working environments

The 5 aspects of ergonomics:
1) Safety
2) Comfort
3) Aesthetics
4) Ease of Use
5) Productivity

For each aspects of Ergonomics, explain with an example of a product that is designed for the elderly, how the product meet that particular aspect of Ergonomics.
1) Safety: Anti slip mats, to prevent the elderly from slipping.

2) Comfort: Sofas? The cushions in it.

3) Aesthetics: If it means beauty, then maybe furniture which have exquisite designs might count

4) Ease of Use: Like one handed boilers or one handed supports, which are very easy for elderly who have hand problems.

5) Productivity: Larger poker cards, so that elderly can see them clearly.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Ergonomics 1


The first one workspace has more clutter than the second one, the first one has no comfort nor simplicity, and he is uncomfortable in his chair, whereas the second person has more comfort in his chair and is at ease when doing his work.
The second difference is that the first one does not have the height and depth of the computer, making it hard for him to see. The second person however, has a monitor arm, which he uses to change the position of the computer.
The third difference is in the lighting. The first person has lights that are either too dim or too glaring, hurting the man's eyes. Furthermore, the man cannot adjust the position of the lights as they are too hot. The second man has a light which is filtered and not glaring, and it has a protrusion for the man to hold onto so that the light can change its position to suit the needs of the man.
The fourth difference is the freedom of movement. The first man has a chair that does not allow much movement, making it difficult for the man even to drink a cup of coffee. The second man has a chair that has a stable base and can allow tilting and turning, and it also has an adjustable armrest for each individual to adjust.
The fifth difference is about prolonged laptop use. The first man when he uses his laptop for prolonged periods he has to hunch over and squint at the screen. But the second man has a laptop holder which can make the laptop look like a desktop screen, and then he can use his wireless keyboard to type like it is a desktop.
The sixth and final difference is about usable desk space. The first man's keyboard takes up most of the space on his table, leaving very little space for other clutter, but the second man has a access rail to put his keyboard on, so that he leaves space on his desk for other items.

The second man's workspace is more preferable as he has a neater and more efficient workspace to do his work.

Some considerations are that the workspace should be simple yet convenient for a person so that the person can maximise the use of the workspace.

Ergonomics are important as it identifies a problem in a certain product so that the person who designs it can improve upon the design.


Google Sketchup Design

This is my google sketchup image.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Elderly challenge observation 4

For my final observation, I will like to do so about falling.

What are the reasons that the elderly fall down?
The normal changes for an elderly, like deteriorating eyesight or poor hearing, will make the elderly more likely to fall. Illnesses and diseases will sap the elderly's strength, and poor lighting and unfavourable surfaces will make the elderly very prone to falling. Furthermore, medication might weaken the elderly.

How do I prevent it?
1) Make sure that the house is as well lit as possible so that the elderly will not trip over something that he/she might not see in poor lighting.
2) Do not put anything that might trip the elderly lying around. Eg. Electric cords
3) Make the house is non-skid.
4) Do not let the elderly try to climb on a stool by him/herself to take something off the shelves or etc.
5) Install grab bars in the bathroom, and on the staircases.

Other than that, each family can adjust how to make the house as safe as possible for the elderly depending on the situation