The show must go on!
JR Clancy: Helios Hoist and SceneControl 12
JR Clancy is a leader in live entertainment control systems. They came to SF looking to redesign their theatre hoist and the hand-held controller. This project was rooted in improved usability in a dark and potentially dangerous environment as well has delivering new aesthetics that conveyed simplicity and industry leading technology.
Helios is a compact automated hoist ideal for smaller venues where space is a premium. The design team focused on easy to access panels and operation lights that’s provide diagnostic capabilities with ease-of-use serviceability.
This was more than just a tablet design challenge, as the controllers are tethered and require one handed operation with a ‘hold-to-run’ safety button that requires constant pressure to keep the unit operational. SF designers prototyped multiple hand grip systems that worked for both left and right-handed users, while also being comfortable for long periods of use. The design and engineering team also packaged all the electrical components and designed a simple User Interface that was easy to operate in the dark.