Many people, especially women, are very concerned about their skin’s appearance and they have a very specific regimen for how to clean and care for their faces. These regimens can be very individualized as all of our faces have different requirements whether due to our genetics, diet and environment we live in.
The Sonatap founder recognized this and wanted to create a single dispenser that would have cartridges that could be filled with a person’s unique regimen’s content. This more convenient device would do away with all the disparate containers and put them in one hand held device. The cap contains make-up removing wipes. This product would be perfect for traveling.
Our solution was to use pie shaped airless containers. These dispenser/containers are common in the cosmetic industry and refillable. The ergonomic problem becomes the greater the number of containers, the greater the diameter.
The very tight mechanical constraints had us start the design process by directly modeling the individual components and then configuring them. We had to balance using an existing pump geometry with the minimal viable container volume with the maximum number of vials. Our client wanted as many vials per device as possible. Again, too many vials and the product is un-holdable due to its large diameter. Creating a new pump geometry was out of the question given the development costs and minimum order quantities required to get the pump guts at reasonable price
Our Revolver concept narrowed the diameter and used a greater diameter for the orbiting mechanism. This allows the user to spin the dispensing orifice around the indexed containers. Clear housings for the individual containers can make identification of each fluid that much easier
ABOM won a prestigious government contract to leverage their fog fighting technology across multiple military optic platforms. Beyond the more protective war fighting goggle, the SBIR project included the undercover operator. This is the individual that may appear to be a good looking Russian speaking petroleum engineer, but is actually a lethal CIA operative.
The military was looking for slicker design that could go from the urban cafe to the battleground. Military operators call these “spectacles”. This product, of course, can be used in low temperatures, but also in high temperatures where the wearer may be sweating. The wearer’s head is radiating heat at a temperature higher than the ambient air. The result is condensation, fogging. ABOM’s moisture sensing system will automatically turn on and eviscerate the fog. Because the system is only on when needed, less energy is required so the product is feasible even with the required smaller batteries. That said, an external battery pack can provide additional runtime.
FACE – ON
FUSE was contacted by a team of seasoned product marketing professionals at the onset of the pandemic. They wanted help designing a face mask for professionals working the front line in health care, teaching and emergency services.The team had identified that seeing the facial expression of these first responders and front liners would be valuable to reinstate the calm and confidence these pros always want to communicate to the people they’re helping. The team was also obsessed with minimizing the waste associated with disposable masks. While the filters are not washable, they are recyclable.
To achieve the crystal clarity, the mask would need to be silicone injection molded. This lower durometer material and process also allowed for the undercuts we needed for a clever face seal and the nesting of the replaceable filters cartridges.
Keen viewers will recognize the Iron Man inspiration in the chin area of the mask. Actually, what we were doing was reinforcing the chin to keep it stiffer so we could achieve greater elasticity in the jaw for mouth opening and talking while still maintaining a good seal to the face.
Athletic Trainer Taylor Peasha and professional Deep Sea Diver Steven Macdonald came to FUSE for help designing a super versatile training aid. Combined with some simple exercises and stretches, the medium density elastomeric ball provides just the right amount of point load to massage knotted muscles and compressed nerves.
On the engineering front, the big innovation is we use a single injection molded part that is simply flipped over to hold the strap securely. This part features a snap finger that locks to itself.
Pulse Health had a way to measure key biomarkers non-invasively. They were able to measure this biomarker in exhaled human breath and had a small personal device in their stable but now wanted a clinical version.They came to FUSE for help with this device. FUSE took them all the way through prototyping.
One of our key contributions beyond the industrial design was we created user model scenarios to help the team understand how the device would be used. Once we showed a few of these graphic storyboards the team came alive to determine how best the device would be used.
An orthodontist came to FUSE with an idea that can speed orthodontia. The problem is an orthodondist will generally guess at the size of the band he or she needs to use on a particular tooth. More experienced orthodontists are more likely to get this right but they often get this wrong as well. This takes time and wastes bands or these wrong ones need to be autoclaved. Our client wanted a way to measure teeth that would work for an unlimited number of patients. This Orthodontist’s plan was to sell the eventual product to a large orthodontic supplier like Ormco.
We came up with what we called the BandIt. The Bandit was a simple one handed electromechanical device that used a consumable stainless steel loop that would wrap around the tooth and provide a measurement and recommend a particular size band on its built in LCD display.
A Friend Furever.
Furilla started life as a gift for a friend but then that friend’s friends also wanted Furillas. Next, FUSE had several projects to enter into the IDSA IDEA competition and we thought Furilla would be a welcome reprise from the more serious ID products the judges would evaluate. Unexpectedly, Furilla won a Bronze. With this small bit of notoriety it seemed like an OK idea to launch Furilla.com, a website that would sell Furillas. Soon enough Furillas ended up all over the world. Furilla was fortunate to slide into then unknown to us blossoming designer toy trend. Furilla got picked up by several media outlets and was sold at KIDROBOT and even had a premier at Chicago’s ROTOFUGI. Above is totally a cover story. The real story involves invitro fertilization and a freak accident.
Late in 2005 KIDROBOT decided they wanted to license Furilla and build production in Asia. We were on board but then the project hit a snag when the pricing swelled beyond feasibility.