With mobility a key requirement, the designers included a host of features to help make Sparq portable and improve usability - from transport to interface. Firstly, the ultrasound employs an articulating display arm that allows moving, rotating and tilting the screen. A ‘cable-catcher’ system tucks away cables, so they don’t get caught in the wheels and the complete unit’s flexible design makes it easy to maneuver and position the system in tight, busy environments, making it ideal for bedside scanning. With its light color and friendly form language, it was also designed to be less intimidating for patients too.
Among its major innovations though, Sparq features the Intuitive Dynamic Interface. The designers, together with the technology experts, completely rethought the ultrasound user’s experience. Typically, clinicians use control panels to manipulate images and change settings, but they rarely need all the features of an ultrasound at once. Emergency departments, for example, require different controls to those required by anesthesiology.
The Intuitive Dynamic Interface removes knobs and buttons from the control board, de-cluttering the device and streamlining the user experience. It introduces touch capabilities on a sealed, tempered glass panel that is easy to clean and facilitates disinfecting. More intelligent button clusters group together relate functionality for enhancing efficiency and ease of use.