i4’s brief was to build on Aqualife's theoretical idea to increase the efficiency of fish vaccination through improved product ergonomics and use of in-built technology. Existing devices are manually operated, deliver varying amounts of vaccines and have poor architecture which results in user fatigue. A single operator will typically uses one of these 'guns' to vaccinate by hand over 30,000 (aneathetised) fish per day.
i4's industrial designers completed extensive market research into the available vaccination platforms across the whole aquaculture and pastoral industries. An extensive product architecture and ergonomic studies were conducted though a series of brainstorming sessions. A novel archetype of the vaccine gun was selected and refined through the development of various physical models. The device was engineered to be rugged and IP 67 rated due to the harsh environment in which it would be operated. A functional and aesthetic prototype was developed for trialing at fish farms by the client.
The product is currently being trialed by the client and is patent pending.