Year: 2011-12

Company: Abbott Medical Optics

Liaison(s): Tim Hunter, Brian Eastman

Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (AMO) is focused on providing the full range of advanced refractive technologies and support to help eye care professionals deliver optimal vision and lifestyle experiences to patients of all ages. AMO does this by providing a Complete Refractive Solution to address vision disorders at all stages of life. They offer market-leading technologies for myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, contact lens care and corneal health, as well as proven educational and support programs that help eye care professionals master refractive technologies and grow their practices. AMO is interested in developing a next generation remote control device built around human use factors. To facilitate this effort, the AMO TMP Team collaborated with a multi-functional AMO Team to develop a working prototype of the remote control device. The KGI Team concentrated their efforts on the human factors required for this device. To accomplish this goal, the team examined the physical and functional characteristics desired by users. By establishing excellent lines of communication with AMO, the KGI students collaboratively interacted with AMO technical leads in design, electro-mechanical, and software aspects of the device. The AMO TMP Team was tasked with redesigning AMO’s current remote control used with its phacoemulsification device. To accomplish this objective, the team utilized user feedback, focus groups, and marketing research to determine the appropriate look, feel and function of the remote. In addition, the team validated their design through materials testing using regulatory guidelines and marketing feedback. Upon completion of this project, the team will have produced a validated, working prototype of the next generation remote control device that will be used in over 30 countries worldwide.