Percussive therapy devices have become a hot item within the sport and fitness industry, in most markets worldwide. The devices deliver targeted, vibrating force to athlete’s muscles. Providing benefits that include reduced muscle soreness, increased flexibility, pain relief and faster post-workout recovery.
In 2020, we began a partnership with an OEM to develop their growing range of Percussion Massagers. Whistle was engaged to assist in re-inventing their standard product. The end result was a unique design secured new intellectual property protections, allowing the OEM and its key global customers valuable protection from their many competitors.
With this project, the focus was on early ergonomic studies. Our team interacted with product mock-ups on a user level. They explored user comfort, experimented with layouts and evaluated possible forms. We needed to understand how the product is used. How is the device manipulated in the hand? How do you reach and treat various muscles groups including neck, shoulders, back, thighs and lower legs? Where should the controls be positioned? From experience, we know that if we can understand and answer these questions, the learnings can be incorporate into a meaningful design.
The result and at the heart of this design is the spherical junction between the handle and the massaging mechanism. The DYNASPHERE. This unique, patented feature was incorporated to add a comfortable, flexible grip point closer to the massaging head.
With every product design, there is an awareness that it must be designed for manufacture (DFM). We consider the layout and size of all internal components. We engineer housings around these to ensure all strength, airflow and other technical requirements are met; We consider production costs and focus on how we can reduce the number of parts and components used. We understand how the product will be assembled during mass production. We engage with the manufacturer throughout the design stages to understand their specific production requirements.
Careful consideration should always be given to a products CMF (Colour, Material and Finish) specification. Get this right and it will certainly enhance the perceived quality of the product in the eyes of the end user. A defining feature of this project is the horizontal split line across the axis of the massager mechanism. This allows for a unique colour break up, not seen in competing products, further enhancing this product’s stand-alone identity and unique appeal.
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