Print Email Facebook Twitter Design of a comfortable, wearable light/photo therapy product Title Design of a comfortable, wearable light/photo therapy product Author Pothen, M.C. Contributor Albayrak, A. (mentor) Van der Helm, A.J.C. (mentor) Goossen-Nachtigall, P. (mentor) Faculty Industrial Design Engineering Department Industrial Design Programme Master of Science Integrated Product Design Date 2011-08-29 Abstract This master thesis explored the possible applications of light therapy to develop a comfortable, wearable light therapy product for the most promising direction that is wrist pain. The target group is defined to be working professionals who are prone to repetitive strain injury (RSI ) in their upper limbs, specific to the wrists due to excessive computer usage for long continuous periods.The approach used is an iterative design process within a user centric evaluation method. Multiple prototypes were created, parallel to the research being done and evaluated by conducting qualitative user research. The main parameters that contribute to comfort are discovered and changed progressively in each stage of prototype development to find an optimum solution.This resulted in the design of the Illuminaid, a product that offers comfortable wrist support as well as blue light therapy to treat wrist related disorders. The ergonomic shape of the Illuminaid constrains unwanted deviation of the wrist and maintains it in a more neutral position. The overall design of the product creates a highly portable, compact and easy to use solution for frequent photo therapeutic treatment periods as and when the need arises, without obstructing normal activities. A prototype close to the final design is created and evaluated by users, all of whom highly appreciated the product and its comfort parameters. Subject designcomfortphototherapy To reference this document use: uuid:f6849cfb-5124-4e80-bd2c-dd42034687f2 Embargo date 2012-08-29 Access restriction Campus only Part of collection Student theses Document type master thesis Rights (c) 2011 Pothen, M.C.