REDEFINING ENDOSCOPY

Endoluxe Vision System

INDUSTRY: Medical + Health

HSD EXPERTISE: Industrial Design, Engineering, Prototyping, Startup

CLIENT: Endoluxe, Inc.

 

The Endoluxe Vision System is a three-part system designed to redefine the endoscopy experience. It is composed of the Endoluxe Orb, the Endoluxe Receiver, and the Endoluxe Charging Station. The endoluxe orb is a portable smart device and incorporates a magnetic light source, 1080p HD camera, full touch display, and a robust attachment method to connect to the leading rigid or flexible analog endoscopes. The orb wirelessly communicates with the Endoluxe Receiver to capture images and video while streaming to any HDMI enabled remote display or cloud application. Along with these capabilities is a software platform that offers QR code integrated work-lists, HIPAA-compliant cloud-based media storage, sharing, and streaming for documentation, patient education, referrals, and consultations.

 

HS Design aided Endoluxe in the concept development, design, and engineering driving the Endoluxe Vision System.

The Challenge

Endoluxe approached HS Design for assistance in redesigning the traditional endoscope cart-based system. This tower system requires an endoscope to be physically connected to a cart which houses a light source, screen casting abilities, and additional components and features. The tethered connection interferes with use during operation, hinders portability, and takes up valuable space in the procedural room. The Endoluxe Vision System provides a cost-effective solution that packs all the features of the traditional cart-based system into a wireless, portable, handheld device.

Engineering

The wireless Endoluxe Orb houses immense processing power and provides the light source and optics that aid in the endoscopy procedure. These components generate a large amount of heat output, which HSD’s engineering team had to cleverly manage and dissipate. The team also included Hall Effect sensors for intuitive device activation to minimize the power draw from the unit when not in use and remove needed buttons, which could cause unwanted activation/deactivation of the system.

The orb houses a highly precise camera, which takes the analog image from the endoscope lens and creates a digital image that is viewable on a 1” circular capacitive touchscreen. The device housings were also designed with refurbishment in mind so that the device would not need to be broken to access the internals, yet not have screws which would take up valuable real-estate.

User Experience and Design

The Endoluxe Orb has a universal, one-handed, robust coupler system that enables it to be used with a variety of endoscopes while keeping the high precision alignment needed for optimal visualization. Its unique form allows it to become an extension of the endoscope with the center of gravity in line with the scope allowing for both left and right-handed operation. The charging station and receiver are stackable to minimize the footprint of the system, and the orb utilizes a clear, LED backlit ring to convey the status of the device from any viewing angle. A circular UI screen compliments the video feed taken by the camera and enables unique user interaction capabilities. The color, material, and finish were carefully selected to converse with multiple endoscopes on the market.

The Endoluxe system gives users increased flexibility. Unlike the cart-based tower systems, its size allows it to be easily transported between multiple locations, and the Endoluxe Orb is cordless, allowing for greater maneuverability during use. Its small compact size provides a live feed on the Orb’s display, and can cast to a monitor for greater visibility. The device is also optimized for weight to ensure it does not cause discomfort for the user’s wrist or interfere with the procedure. The Endoluxe Vision System shatters the perception of current endoscopic suites by providing a cost-effective solution that packs all the features of the traditional cart-based system into a wireless, portable, and handheld device.