PRODUCT DESIGN | MECHANICAL ENGINEERING | SOURCING | PRODUCTION | BRANDING
WEARABLE ANTI-SNORING DEVICE
Sleeping on your back is one of the most common causes of snoring. In the olden days this was battled by weaving a rope through a tennis ball and tying it on your back. When your turned on your back, it was so uncomfortable that it woke you up. This forced you to change your sleeping position, but ultimately it led to sleep deprivation. After struggling with snoring issues for many years, and experiencing the downsides of the tennis ball first hand, Will Nobel invented and developed the first version of the Snore-Breaker.
The Snore-Breaker is a wearable device, positioned on your back. When turning on your back during sleep, the device emits vibrations. This haptic feedback is annoying enough to provide incentive to switch sleeping position, but doesn’t wake you up. Once the sleeping position is changed, the device immediately stops vibrating. 10 years after its introduction, Studio Mango was challenged to redesign the product.
Improving comfort, aesthetics and functionality
When Studio Mango was approached by Snore-Breaker for the product design and engineering of the new version, they had sold thousands of their initial device. Over the years they had collected a lot of feedback from their customers and they themselves also had wishes and ideas for improvements. The three main improvements that needed to be integrated in the new concept were:
- integration of a chargeable battery
- larger activation area of the push-button
- easier to use and more comfortable chest strap
By doing several brainstorm sessions, the team came up with possible solutions for these points. Our critical look at the original product also led to a number of additional improvements. The best ideas were combined into 3 design concepts. The most suitable and appealing concept was selected for further development.
Design optimization through testing
The client provided us with their knowledge of the wants and needs of their target audience, and they were responsible for user testing and ergonomics research. During the engineering phase, we did several rounds of prototype testing. Based on these tests, we optimized the product comfort, functionality and haptic feedback.
In addition to the concept design and engineering, Studio Mango was also responsible for the setting up the production. Matters such as regulations, certification, electronics, sourcing, packaging and manual design were in our hands as well.
Product development in times of COVID-19
It was our job to find and guide suitable parties for production/ development/ components. Over 10 external parties were involved in the development, such as companies for the plastic parts, plastic welding, silicone parts, PCBA, chest strap, clips and buttons and sourced electronics components (battery, USB port, vibration motor).
Due to COVID-19 we were forced to supervise production remotely and additionally several parties dropped out due to the pandemic. We were in daily contact with our sourcing manager in China to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible. Around 10 rounds of samples were required until the desired high quality of the end product was reached.
All this has resulted in a contemporary and stylish product that ensures more comfortable nights for the users.