The existing product is used for trimming small bushes and branches using a rechargeable battery.
The reason of designing an ergonomic power tool is to prevent MSD (Musculoskeletal disorders); which depends on force, posture and repetition of the task to perform. In this case both hand and body position were considered.
The goal of this project is to design a tool that allows natural wrist position and free movement when trimming boxwoods with a good weight distribution so the user won’t feel stress within the battery lifetime.
Form development and exploration of partition lines; scenario description of griping, changing blades and battery and blades placement.
The refinement consisted on keeping the concept of having two grip positions but with a more appropriate appearance.
6 weeks project
Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden 2009
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HEDGE TRIMMER: DESIGN OF A GARDENING POWER TOOL WITH ERGONOMICS APPROACH.
Design that reflects the values of the Gardena brand.