The client has been designing and supplying products to enhance the independence and quality of life for people with special needs for more than forty years. They are regarded as leaders in Electronic Assistive Technology (EAT), Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and Environmental Control Systems (ECS) and are approved suppliers of Electronic Assistive Technology products and services to the NHS.
The brief was to work alongside the client's own software and electronic design team and to develop a mechanical design for a lightweight, portable handheld communicator with environmental control. The compact unit features infra-red and wireless control as well as voice control with high quality audio output.
Developing such a complex and compact case with several conflicting features in the audio configuration required working prototypes to be prepared and tested. The unit features a dual shot injection moulded plastic housing combining hard and soft surfaces for improved tactility and user comfort. The unit was developed through concept design sketches, CAD assemblies and prototypes with full CAD component and assembly data supplied.