Ontex developed the absorbent products, electronic devices, front-end and back-end software. The company reached out to Achilles Design to benefit from our professional services on the mechanical design for the Orizon clip-ons as well as the charging stations taking into account certain requirements:
- Cleanability: The devices need to be easy to clean, free from dirt traps and waterproof (IP65).
- ISO-13485: The devices are developed to fulfil this quality standard.
- Easy to use: The clip-ons need to be easy to handle by the caregivers but difficult to remove by the patients. They also need to be comfortable to wear on the absorbent products.
- Good interconnection to the interface of the printed sensor: The attachment needs to be secure and must ensure good connection throughout the use time of the absorbent product.
- User friendly feedback by the clip-on device: The clip-on ensures useful information through an integrated display and with good visibility of the LED light.
- Mind the budget: The clip-ons should be reusable, robust and consist of limited materials and parts to maintain the budget.
After thorough research and understanding of the technology used for the ORIZON SMART diapers our creative team of product designers and engineers turned their ideas into a series of design concepts. What followed were several prototypes, evaluations and tests for both the clip-on as well as the charging station.
- The clip-on
The device slides easily in the front pocket of the absorbent product and is fixated with a snapping cover. The cover clicks over the sides of the pocket, holding it in place and preventing the device to slide out. We designed the snapping cover in such a way that it does not touch or damage the sensor area. The button of the device has no thick edges so dirt can’t be trapped there. The green cover is easy to remove for cleaning and the housing of the clip-on device is welded ultrasonically. Because this is an automated process it’s not only cost-effective (saves manpower) but also makes mass production possible.
- The charging station
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New Bednet hardware required new cradleWhen children are not able to go to school for a longer period (e.g. due to sickness), Bednet enables them to connect with their class through a secure one-on-one connection. The recently updated hardware, required a new cradle that was easy to produce in a very short development time.
Less is moreThe smart combination of chromebook, keyboard, ambient microphone and rotational camera makes the operation very simple for the schools' ICT-coordinator. The complete setup including the cradle weighs only 7kg, making it easy to carry the setup around school.
Fast production process: choosing the right techniquesDue to the very tight deadline, we chose production techniques that don't require tooling (wood, sheet metal and 3d-printing). This allowed us to produce a first batch of 1000 devices in only 6 weeks, just in time for the new school year.
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Design a suitcase for the next generation travelerSamsonite, the world leader in luggage products, and Achilles Design worked together on this innovation project. This collaboration boosted the company's continuous research of conceptual product solutions for the next generation traveler. Together we further developed and styled this new design, resulting in the Ibon suitcase.
The Ibon is the end result of a forward- thinking design effort between Samsonite and Achilles Design with a strong focus on usability and convenience. The suitcase is a newtype of luggage designed from the inside out, and built around stacks of clothing. It is tailored to the trend of slow travel, where the journey is just as important as the destination.
Suitcase with first-of-its-kind featuresThe biggest and most distinctive features of Ibon are the transversal split and the central one-point closure system. These two features result in a fast and easy access while traveling. With numerous first-of-its-kind features, the Ibon creates new packing and travel routines:
- The transversal split is a true space saver when opening the suitcase and doesn’t compromise on interior capacity. The telescopic handle is integrated in the hinge, and is not in the way when packing.
- The central one-point closure system allows for fast and easy access, moving away from multiple latches and long zipper paths. The built-in TSA lock features a latching mechanism to close the suitcase in one swift motion.
- The patented interior compression system ensures a secure luggage retention on both sides of the suitcase. It also creates additional packing capacity, compared to traditional systems.
- The central interior carry handle offers mobility during packing, allowing you to carry the opened suitcase from one room to the other, even through narrow doorways.
- Dual handles on the corners and sides allow for ergonomic movement of the suitcase: walking up or down the stairs, lifting into a car boot, opening and closing.
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Sturdy yet sophisticatedAbove all, Ubidata excels in reliability and functionality. We emphasised this with a design that combines a rugged and tough overall appearance, combined with elegant, sophisticated details.
Trailer-proofThe enclosure protects the delicate electronics against the tough conditions that can be expected for a device that will be mounted on containers, building equipment, trains, etc. It can be submerged for 1m (IP67), withstand an impact of 500g from 1,3m height and operate in a temperature range from -40 to +85°C. The design is such that these conditions will not affect the performance and connectivity of the device at any time. A well thought-through mold construction allows to create product variations with additional functionality, such as an integrated solar panel or external connector.
The right smart device for frontline workersAfter the successful launch of the Iristick.Z1 Smart Safety glasses, Iristick listened carefully to the needs of their customers and the needs of different industries which were not being met by their first product. Realizing that not all needs can be met with just one product they made a list of features for product innovation that resulted in the creation of the revised G1 (formerly Iristick.Z1) and the all new Iristick.H1 head-mounted smart glasses. Iristick partnered with Achilles Design and ECOM to develop this new product. ECOM's expertise is in producing products for ATEX environments (potentially explosive environments like mining and chemical industries) that make work safer and more efficient. Next to the Iristick.H1 there is also an ATEX approved version under the name VISOR-EX sold by ECOM.
The Iristick.H1 head-mounted smart glasses are designed for maximum comfort in heavy industry applications. It can be mounted on a helmet or a headband to fit different uses.
Designed for maximum wearer comfort and specific use casesThe Iristick smart glasses product portfolio is designed specifically for various professional environments like field services, manufacturing, telemedicine and logistics, where safety, comfort, ruggedness and reliability are critical. The Iristick.H1 is a balanced, lightweight and fully adjustable head-mounted device designed for maximum wearer comfort.
Multiple cameras bring the work into focusThe dual 16MP center cameras give a true view of the operator’s perspective while the zoom module with its 6x optical zoom lens is ideal for focusing on important details. Operators can keep a safe distance while sharing critical details with remote experts. Laser pointer and powerful torch light are included in the positionable zoom allowing barcode scanning even in dark environments.
Voice commands for true handsfree operationsThe 4 microphones and built in noise cancelling ensure that voice commands can be used, even in loud industrial working environments. On the side of the Zoom module there is a large touch pad to use when speaking is not suitable.
Heads up adjustable arm displayAdding visual information on the display has proven to improve process execution, training and documentation, making the Iristick.H1 ideal for complex logistics, field services, production and healthcare services. Operators can walk the shop or production floor with both visual and audio queues without being burdened by additional handheld devices.
These new wearables are also saving lives in the health industryWhile the robust and durable design of the Iristick.H1 can survive the toughest working environments, it is equally suited for use in the operating room. Whether consulting with other experts during a complex procedure or taking students through a routine operation, the Iristick.H1 is becoming an indispensable tool for front line medical experts.
New range of folding arm blinds
A new technical design of 7 product systems (folding arm, Tucan, Cadiz, Praia, Lux, Roxy and Duo store systems). With the same simplicity, flexibility and quality as you can expect from Harol products.
We established a strong brand identity by creating a formal link between the different products of the complete range based on the design language previously developed by Achilles for Harol products.
Rather than develop each product in isolation, Achilles took an integrated approach with Harol to develop a completely new range of folding arm shades – in line with HAROL's core values.
This resulted in a process starting from the focusing of the strategic position in the market via new systems and conceptual challenges to the complete technical detailing of all components within this extensive product range.
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A new hotel experienceAn ever-rising number of people is travelling. At the same time, the needs of travelers are changing. Traditional hotel concepts focused on intensive personal service and comfort are complemented by alternative hospitality concepts. Digital technology can replace transactional administrative processes while ensuring that the service and comfort level is not compromised towards the customer.
Testing and prototyping (for check-in and hand palm scans)We performed user tests to analyse the intuitiveness of the technology interfaces. In our design, we had to ensure that customer interaction with these interfaces didn’t feel too “technological” and were sufficiently intuitive. A minimal interaction (the guest holds his/her hand palm in front of the palm scanner), a very straightforward way of working, and a guaranteed low failure rate. Using a palm vein access system covers these two criteria perfectly: everyone has a unique palm vein pattern in each hand, which guarantees both safety and ease of use.
How do we get visitors talking about Flanders' finest industries?Toerisme Vlaanderen and AIR approached Achilles Design to help them create a unique fair experience abroad, that would help in getting professional interest in Flanders' industries. We took on the challenge of developing the experience concept, technical development, production and installation in less than 6 weeks.
Enjoying a custom, high-tech beer that is brewed with an ingredient that has its roots in each industry? An aroma-therapy room with scents from Flanders? Or why don't we make a fictional, artful encyclopedia that explains Flanders in a completely idiosyncratic way, a "Codex Flandrianus"?
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Help people to focus on their breathingResearch has proven that personalised breathing exercises can improve the wellbeing of people with stress, anxiety, panic attacks or sleeping problems. Moonbird asked us to develop a handheld device that will guide the user through their breathing exercises by providing tactile feedback.
In close co-operation with moonbird, Achilles took care of the complete product design process. From product ideation, styling, mechanical design, prototyping and engineering to industrialisation and sourcing of the first batch of products. Achilles also helped to create the moonbird brand and its visual identity.