StrongArm Technologies has created a suite of products focused on reducing workplace injuries amongst industrial athletes—think, warehouse employees and delivery drivers. The StrongArm team asked 10XBeta to design and develop their next generation FUSE sensor and docking station, a wearable sensing system that compliments their extensive software and data analytics that use machine learning to monitor the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.
The team zeroed in on a three-part system which included the lightweight wearable sensor unit, a breathable sensor harness worn across the chest, and a smart charging dock, capable of serving small and large teams.
The FUSE collaboration benefited greatly from the close proximity of both StrongArm and 10XBeta inside New Lab. Both teams worked together daily brainstorming, sketching, and reviewing, ultimately settling on a set of shared Design Guidelines to ensure accelerated decision making ahead of a looming public product launch.
StrongArm enlisted 10XBeta to redesign this system with additional sensing technology, miniaturization of current electronics, and careful attention to ergonomics and form. Focusing on a three-part system including the lightweight sensor unit, a breathable sensor harness, and a smart charging dock for their large corporate contracts, and integrating these with a data transfer and identity management system.
10XBeta’s rapid ideation ability and close proximity to the StrongArm team meant an evolving co-design process between teams. Complementary skill sets allowed us to accelerate the development process with scalability and risk reduction in mind. The result, a robust sensor system industrial athletes are proud to wear.
Breathable yet secure
Ability to weather environments
35%+ weight reduction
Marcel Botha CEO & Founder
Simon Ellison Innovation & Technology
Berk Ilhan Innovation & Strategy
Ellen Crane Concept & Realization
Johan Bredenkamp Industrial Design
Jan Du Preez Industrial Design
The project was completed March of 2018 and
has since gone on to manufacturing.