Director Adam Shepperdley worked as Lead Industrial Designer on the IMRIS SYMBIS project during his term at Kangaroo Group (now Starfish Medical). The project entailed designing enclosures around IMRIS’ core technology for this robot-controlled console neurosurgical system. The major focus was an elevated user experience, user workflow, ergonomics, aesthetics and manufacturability. The aesthetic is similar to that of IMRIS’ VISIUS iCT, which is currently operational at a number of global locations.
Shepperdley was responsible for the design development, detail design and DFM (design for manufacturing) of all the external enclosures designed for RIM (reaction injection moulding), plus top-level CAD model management, design management and alpha/beta prototype assembly.
Major Value Proposition:
The major value was the ability to manage the commercialization of this product with internal and external engineering resources. Ergonomics and user experience were at the forefront of the challenge of a technical component layout in a very limited amount of space, with many moving parts.
The secondary value was our ability to fully assemble the alpha and beta functional prototypes which can be seen in action in the video below.
Features and benefits to the user:
Precisely accurate surgery from a distance
Comfortable ergonomics for painstakingly long procedures
Adjustability for users of all sizes
Medical-grade casters for easy transport
Rubber side impact details for congested hospital corridors and thresholds
Futuristic aesthetic targeted at world-leading technological surgeons
Large panels with simple geometry for easy cleaning and disinfecting