Roux is a hand mixer designed using the insights of people with Arthritis to create a more comfortable and user friendly mixer for everyone. Roux is also compact and powerful featuring several innovative solutions.

Category

Kitchenware

Year

2019

Duration

12 weeks

Roux

Hand Mixer for People with Joint Pain

Problem

"Hand mixers are painful to use, they put too much pressure on my wrist making it difficult to operate"

- Monica Meling

  Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis

  Loves to Cook

Key Insights

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Too Heavy

The weight strains the wrist if used for too long

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Hand Position

The horizontal handle makes the wrist unstable

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Unbalanced

This stretches and puts pressure on the wrist

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Vibrations

Vibrations from the motor are uncomfortable

Design Goal

Use insights found by researching users with pain in their joints to design a more comfortable hand mixer for everyone.

Solution

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30% Lighter

Roux is 30% lighter than a hand mixers of similar power.

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Vibration Dampening System

This system dampens the vibrations coming from the motor.

Improved Center of Gravity

The center of gravity is directed underneath the hand for balance.

Angled Handle

A 40 degree angled handle relieves stress on the wrist.

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quick access storage for beaters

cord management system

slim profile for easy storage

5 speed settings plus turbo

powerful vertical DC motor

00

Hand mixers are uncomfortable to use especially for those with Arthritis or other joint pains.

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90% of hand mixers look like this

40 million

Americans live

with Arthritis

Problem Statement

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I interviewed three people who had some form of joint pain and ranging in age from 21 to 45.

01

Research

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"The angle of the handle puts a lot of stress on my wrist when i'm using the hand mixer"

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"The vibrations from the motor make the mixer hard to grip and create pain in my hand"

"Hand mixers are often too heavy for me to hold or they are not balanced"

process

02

Mechanical Analysis

Outer Shell

Universal Motor

Gear system

Buttons

Screws

03

A form analysis showed the design language of mixers. I will keep this in mind while ideating so my design fits in.

Ideate

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04

I wanted my hand mixer to be aesthetic when not in use so I was inspired by objects that are designed to be set on tables as art more than products.

Inspiration

05

While ideating, I tried to find a balance between a form fitting for users with arthritis and those without. I landed on a form that appeals to everyone.

Further Development

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too ergonomic looking

dislike the square form

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too conventional

better form direction

nice organic form

final "white"model

function models

form models

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04

Bus Stops

City of Phoenix

2017.8.12

Bus Stops

City of Phoenix

03

Vosa

Shave + Brush

2018.4.28

Vosa

Shave + Brush

01

2019.4.28

Poco

Smart Glasses

Poco

Smart Glasses

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Erlend Meling