What is Ergonomics?
If you search for protective products available in the market for your phone, they fall into two main categories;
1) Phone cases - provide a protective cushion around the phone
While more cushion thickness around the phone would make your phone more secure in case of a fall, phone cases that are too bulky are hard to use. Similarly phone cases with sharp edges and corners look dramatic and cool but they tire out the user's hands and cause discomfort. This is why most people use both hands to hold and text on their phones.
At CLASPP we began our design by finding the right balance between useful protection and the hand comfort of our users. This is what you see and feel in our phone case designs. Whether you choose the Hardshell Extra Protective case with dual layer protection made from recycled plastic or the Biodegradable Plant PLA based phone case, you will find this balance.
The science of ergonomics plays an important part in designing our phone cases. Ergonomics is based on how to design devices that work with the anatomy of human beings (hands in our case) without needlessly tiring them out.
2) Phone grips – allow the user to grab a feature on the back of the phone to hold on to it.
Most phone grips in the market allow the users to pinch it between two fingers. This is not the proper design for a grip. Have you tried the most popular phone grip around? No wonder people using them constantly switch hands and need the support of the other hand to talk and text or multi-task.
Using ergonomics we reimagined the CLASPP phone grip design by studying the anatomy of the human hand. The human hand is a fascinating and versatile tool, that sets us apart from most other living creatures in terms of its versatility – from very delicate touch to heavy force applications. The way the bones, joints, cartilage and muscles are integrated make it truly a marvelous machine. We based the design of the CLASPP phone grip on the ergonomic engineering principles used for professional hand tool design. This design allows the thumb of the user to be free allowing full control of your phone with one hand.
The first principle is to distribute the force – in this case the weight of the phone – across the hand instead of letting it become concentrated in one or two areas. The second principle is the size of the handle should be sufficient to allow the user to find an optimal grip position. The third principle is to avoid applying concentrated force over soft tissue, such as the palm of the hand. Most phone grips available in the market focus only on appearance not function. With CLASPP phone grip we want to make function with great design our priority.
We also studied how people hold their phones. We questioned why people who use their phones for several hours for work or play end up suffering from tendentious – commonly known as ‘texter’s thumb, wrist problems and even back problems caused by bad posture commonly referred to as the ‘smart phone slump’ or ‘tech neck’.
The solution to these problems comes down to the implementation of the principles of ergonomics in the product design. This is what you see in the CLASPP Phone Grip.