Pilotfish Design Wins Good Industrial Design 2014 Award

The work of Pilotfish designers has once again been acknowledged by international experts. The HelpMeSee MSICS Simulator, which was developed with Moog Industrial Group, was awarded with the Good Industrial Design 2014 Award.

23rd October 2014 - The MSICS (Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery) Simulator was developed for HelpMeSee, a global campaign to eliminate blindness caused by cataracts. It is estimated that 20 million people suffer from cataract blindness with another 167 million people suffering from cataract induced visual impairment, the vast majority of whom live in developing countries.

Over the next two decades, the HelpMeSee Simulator will be used to train over 30,000 cataract surgical specialists in developing countries to perform the MSICS procedure. This will enable them to perform 3 – 5 million high-quality cataract surgeries every year, at most affordable prices - thus eliminating cataract blindness. In 2013, HelpMeSee selected Moog to design and produce the high-fidelity virtual reality MSICS Simulator jointly with SenseGraphics and InSimo.

HelpMeSee selected Moog due to its strong engineering capability and experience designing and building simulator systems and high level haptic force feedback technology. The haptic feed-back in combination with virtual reality allows the users of the simulator to fully experience the sensation of performing eye surgery in a controlled, training environment that would otherwise only be possible by using real patients.

Pilotfish lead the Industrial Design of the Simulator, working in close collaboration with the Moog and the HelpMeSee teams to fully incorporate all of the surgical, production and user considerations.