Syneron recently asked DDSTUDIO to help them refresh their flagship model, the VelaShape II. Although the VelaShape led the industry as the only FDA approved model of its kind, aesthetic and usability issues were preventing Syneron from achieving the kind of impact desired.
Reimagining Syneron’s VelaShape required us to use our experience design process to guide the project through industrial design and UI development. We began by creating a visual brand language that complemented the atmosphere of a wellness center or spa. We then conducted user surveys, and found that clinicians using the Velashape III need precise control of the hand piece over a prolonged period of time, and the original VelaShape applicator became uncomfortable with extended use. We completely redesigned the hand piece to increase ergonomic efficiency, with rubberized grips and larger handles for increased user comfort during longer treatments, and more precise control. A multi-grip design allows each hand piece to be held in multiple positions depending on the treatment being provided.
With user feedback from interviews and studies with operators, our first step in crafting a new UI was to replace the complicated interface with a modern, easy to use touchscreen. This not only made the Velashape III simpler to operate, but increased visual appeal of the unit as a whole, matching the UI to the aesthetic of the machine.
Simplicity and clarity steered the UI design with the introduction of an icon-based interface and the limiting of screens to two: one large display on the stand, and a smaller display on the unit’s hand piece.