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Terence Kealy

Industrial Design Consultant

Terence Kealy is an Industrial Design Consultant at Design Partners, specialising in designing solutions for the healthcare sector. He has worked with a broad spectrum of global clients such as Abbott, AbbVie, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and Shire as part of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to delivering better experiences for healthcare consumers. Terence believes that putting people front and center in the product development process results in more meaningful solutions that ultimately resonate with people’s motivations.

Cormac Ó Conaire

Creative Director

Cormac Ó Conaire is Creative Director & Partner at Design Partners. With a focus on designing future product experiences, he has designed several world best-selling products in partnership with his clients. Cormac has received over 50 international accolades in industrial, interaction, digital and strategic design.

 

Creativity in Virtual Reality

Design Partners and Logitech have a longstanding strategic relationship when it comes to design and innovation, having created some of the world’s best-loved gaming, productivity, and creativity tools together. As well as sharing strong values of collaboration, we also share the ambition to create meaningful experiences that enhance people’s lives. With an open brief, Logitech asked our team to create a series of rapid design concepts in Virtual Reality using their VR Ink pen and software like Gravity Sketch and Flyingshapes. This is the first in the series: RSX – Remote Surgery controller.

 

Story of Flow

The future of surgery will involve remotely controlling robots that perform operations in other locations to the healthcare professional. Currently, surgical devices like these are not meeting the expectations of surgeons’ needs in terms of human factors, intuition, and control. These future control devices will create new demands on the human body – prolonged staring at a screen, precision control, unconstrained posture. How can we keep surgeons immersed in the flow of remote surgery?

 
 
 

Why this VR concept?

Design Partners applied their expertise in healthcare, human factors, and gaming devices to explore future remote-surgery control stations. (After all, gamers and surgeons share some important qualities – an appreciation of precision and accuracy, visual-spatial skills, depth perception ability, total immersion in a task). Using a simulation of the human body, VR was used to study the human factors & ergonomic issues of existing solutions in a three-dimensional environment. The body’s posture was then optimized using Gravity Sketch’s mannequin and the ideal future controller was built around that human form.

See our Instagram stories for more content and stay tuned for further VR Concepts in this series.

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