Intuitive design record success

AED Trainer

Intuitive design
record success

IDC developed an AED trainer which replicated the size and design of current AED products in the market to give a realistic training experience for first aiders.

IDC was selected to develop an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) training device to support the training of first aid workers. XFT's previous AED trainer was also developed by IDC, and went on to become XFT's most successful product.

The training device works by offering a variety of pre-programmed scenarios to train first responders how to use a defibrillator in emergency situations. It can also work with CPR training equipment to give feedback on pushing force and the frequency of chest compressions through its interface.

Unlike the previous AED trainer, XFT wanted the new device to replicate a 'real' AED in its appearance to make the training experience as realistic as possible. The team was briefed to develop an AED trainer in an all-in-one package, with rechargeable battery, carrying handle, a display and storage space for electrode pads, instruction manual and remote controller. The team worked on the project from concept right through to manufacture.

The first stage of the project involved research into leading defibrillator products and their features; looking at function, configuration, aesthetic appearance, and how users found the products in terms of electrode pad storage and connection.

The team then used this information to develop concepts for the new AED training device. The concept that XFT chose was X-shaped, inspired by XFT's X-shaped logo, and styled to give a robust and durable feel.

Rapid prototypes were produced throughout the development to test handle ergonomics, ease of electrode pad storage and the best method of opening and closing the device.

Some of the biggest challenges of the project were usability related, to ensure the device was easy to use and to avoid misuse. These included operational features such as the button layout and how to store the electrodes and ensure their correct connection, to choices such as where to store and retrieve the remote controller.

IDC's team worked closely with XFT's engineers to find the best solutions for component layout, lid mechanism and moulding to speed up the development process.

The team was also challenged to keep the product as compact as possible to reduce moulding costs, which meant careful consideration of the electrode storage features and the lid mechanism.

By responding to research and user insight, IDC developed an invaluable product which will enable emergency responders to learn life-saving skills from a highly realistic training device.