Group 09, Videoprototype, WS1415

After the analysis of our collected data some interesting problems concerning the usage of medical equipment during an operation arose.

Due to the fact that the surgeon has to remain sterile during the entire operation, he has to communicate his instructions to a nurse.

And because it cannot be granted that a nurse will always be available we came op with a better solution.


We developed a concept of a touchpad that is controlled by foot.

The pad accepts simple swipes and taps and therefore the learning curve can be kept shallow.

Our product, called MediOPad, allows us to control the main functionality of medical equipment/machines like regulating the light, managing the amperage, moving a cursor over the screen to teach assistant doctors or even to accept/decline a phone call.

Moreover, the MediOPad has several important advantages.

Nowadays, many procedures rely on direct communication between the nurse and the surgeon. This involves sources of error that could be avoided.

Furthermore, complex procedures are simplified.


In the future one could extend the concept with various ideas.

For this purpose we identified a couple of promising extension-points.

One could add a tracking-ball to make moving the cursor even easier.

Another idead was to intoduce modern visualization methods like portable displays or a smart-glass.


Concept: mediOPad

Concept, Group 09, WS1415

During our ideation-phase we discovered severel problematic areas in the field of surgery. The most interesting one for us is the use of non-sterile equipment in a sterile environment. After analysing the data we gathered we discovered that the feet don’t have to be sterile and therefore can be used to control the devices.


We came up with the idea of a central foot-controlled touchpad with voice control, the mediOPad, to select the different features of different devices. To enable the voice control you simply double tap and state your desire, e.g. “Light”, “Call person X” or “Cursor” to show a cursor on your screen, if you want to point something out to your colleagues. If someone calls you during operation, you can accept or decline the call by swiping your foot left or right, without having to use voice control first. All of these tasks previously required a stand-by man.

We think this concept will dramatically simplify a doctor’s workflow.


User Research: Hospital

Group 09, User Research

In the last days we had the chance to visit the municipal hospital in Harlaching, Munich.

We managed to interview five employees from diffrent fields of work in order to gain some valuable insights about the daily routine in a hospital.

Hence we are now able to examine the problems from diffrent angles.


Surprisingly, the topics discussed in the interviews ranged all the way from medical equipment to door locking mechanisms.

During our visit we already had several rich discussions about possible problem sets and with sufficient information collected, we are looking forward to elaborating further on these ideas .