Cobalt Design and Cylite’s HP-OCT® takes out “Best in Class” Engineering Design at the prestigious Good Design Australia awards.

October 14 2021

Cylite Pty Ltd, a developer and manufacturer of the next generation OCT systems for ophthalmology and optometry and Cobalt Design, an award-winning product development agency, are delighted to announce the HP-OCT® has been awarded GDA’s Best in Class for Engineering Design 2021.

The Australian Good Design Awards is the country’s oldest and most prestigious international awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian and international market, excellence in architectural design, precinct design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design, and reward new and emerging areas of design including design strategy, social impact design, design research and up-and-coming design talent in the Next Gen category.

“This award is a testament to the ability of Australian engineers. Cylite and Cobalt’s team of engineers and designers have worked together, to produce world class medical technology combining cutting edge optics, electronics, software and mechanical design” remarked Andrew Parkinson, Cylite’s VP Engineering.  “Best in Class is the perfect validation of what the team at Cobalt strive to achieve every day and have done so for the last 25 years” stated Jack Magree, co-founder and director of Cobalt.

Cylite’s CEO, Steve Frisken commented “I would like to personally thank each of our extraordinary team for their creativity and dedication in delivering excellence in engineering across so many fields. We are also grateful to Cobalt design for their industrial design support and the wonderful look and feel of this innovative clinical diagnostic instrument. These innovations will, I believe, truly have a lasting impact on global eye health, which is a legacy that will provide ongoing pride to all those involved.”

The Good Design Awards Jury commented: “A sophisticated design with a clear step-change in innovation relative to previous generations of eye-imaging technology. What set this entry apart from many others was the clear expression of relative impact (4 instruments in 1; cost equivalence to one; ease of use and benefits compared to older technology) and that there was third party validation of the innovation (grants, early adopters). Also impressive were the zero non-conformances. It is clear this product has been designed to a very high standard both from an engineering design and industrial design perspective. It is both visually pleasing and provides a comfortable and intuitive patient interface. Given the impact of a growing aging population around the world and eyesight being a major issue, this device will likely be in high demand into the future. A standout example of design excellence in this category that deserves to be recognised at the highest level in the Awards. Well done.”

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