Customizable and modular neural imaging device.
Designing a customizable and modular neural imaging device
Labeo Technologies had developed an imaging device, the LightTrack, that would enable laboratory researchers to visualize the neural activity of their subjects. Even though their prototype was fully functional, Labeo Technologies wanted an outside perspective to make it a truly marketable product.
As a result, they asked NOVO to redesign the LightTrack to improve its ergonomics for use and maintenance, enhance the quality of its assembly, and give it a professional look commensurate with its technology. By the same token, NOVO had to find a way to increase the device’s versatility by making some elements adjustable and making it easier to add accessories.
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Running an immersion workshop
Before tackling the design, our designers needed to understand Labeo Technologies’ expectations. They ran an immersion workshop with their team where, together, they defined the scope and objective of the mandate, identified the key functionalities, defined the design elements that could be improved, and set out the constraints that would need to be accounted for, such as the maximum product dimensions.
Next, the NOVO designers conducted an in-depth study of the product’s context of use to see the different steps needed to install and start up the device. That way, they could make sure that their design could be ready for use soon after being taken out of the box.
Developing preliminary designs
With all this information in hand, our industrial designers then worked closely with Labeo Technologies to develop various preliminary design options.
Throughout this process, they explored many different avenues for the housing, component placement, and materials.
Building a preliminary mockup
Based on discussions with Labeo Technologies, the NOVO designers were able to come up with a design that seemed to meet users’ needs.
They were then able to create a physical volumetric model of the proposed product, enabling them to really put the design to the test.
Improving the ergonomics
After testing the preliminary model, our designers made some modifications to allow users to tilt the vertical support up to 30° and adjust the height of the camera and the other components attached to the support.
Rails were also integrated into each side of the plate so that other accessories could be added to the product, making it even more versatile. A working prototype of the vertical support was then built to ensure that this critical component moved smoothly and was sufficiently rigid.
Designing an add-on module
Once the LightTrack design was complete, NOVO extended the device’s new look to an independent illumination controller, a complementary tool for use with the LightTrack. And that may be just the beginning, since this new vision could easily be reused for future accessories or another line of Labeo Technologies products.
The collaboration between the NOVO and Labeo Technologies teams highlighted the real power of the cocreation process. The constant dialogue between the two teams brought forward innovative ideas that would make the LightTrack design not just functional, but also sleek and elegant.
By improving the design and ergonomics and developing new functionalities that would make it easier to add and adjust components, NOVO and Labeo Technologies succeeded in making the LightTrack more modular to better meet the needs of end users.