Monday, July 19, 2010

Ergonomics (Product description and Idea Trigger)

Describe the product. (Appearance, Color, Function, etc)

The product is white in color. It is used to clean the stove. The brush made of copper is to clean the oil stain around the stain while the retractable knife is to remove the dirt then block the hole that the fire come out from. The knife is jagged.There is a hole for the user to hook it to a hook.

What are the design considerations when designing this product?

The design considerations are that it should be durable and can be use for a long period of time. It should always remove oil stains and dirt around the stove easily.

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

The elderly will faced difficultly retracting the knife as there is much friction between the knife and the place where the knife originally is is. They cannot grip it will as the product is not designed for better grip. It should be modified to make it safe for the elderly. The elderly could have accidentally cut themselves due to the knife.

What do you think can be done to improve on the design of the product to suit the elderly?

A cloth will ve use to cover the knife and also absorb the sweats of the user so that it will not slips out of his hands. The cloth will also give a better grip as it has texture. Velcro will be used so that the elderly can remove the cloth easily when they want to use the knife. The knife can be slide in and out ( Penknife concept).


  1. Nice idea of placing the velcro. However, do you think the knife might be sharp enough to cut the cloth apart?

  2. I like the idea of the velcro, but i don't think that the cloth will be efficient in absorbing the sweat of the user.