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Date: 30.09.2011
From: Julian

Subject: Quick Survey for Vital Research

Hi there, I'm a student at the International School of Lausanne and am performing a survey for my product; a coffee/tea mug that is shaped to alleviate stress for the arthritic and to make holding it much easier. I would greatly appreciate it if you could answer the following questions. Thanks!

1) Do you find it strenuous to hold a mug by its handle for a long time?

2) Would a fully hand held grip facilitate holding a mug?

3)What would you change from the standard mug?

4)Where is there more stress when holding a mug?
Arm? Wrist? Fingers? Thumb?

Thank you very much for your time! This will prove to be very helpful in making a product adapted to YOUR needs!

Yours,

Julian
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Date: 03.10.2011
From: Isaac

Subject: Re: Quick Survey for Vital Research

Interesting survey and idea, here are my answers:

1) I find it extremely strenuous holding a mug by the handle. After about 20 seconds it kills

2) Yes

3)I would take the handle off, create a really stable grip that would insulate so as not to get burned when holding. If I were you, I would base the grip around a center of the hand grip; that would make it much easier,

4)Thumb and Fingers
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Date: 03.10.2011
From: Andre

Subject: Re: Quick Survey for Vital Research

I appreciate the idea of thinking of such a specific group of people for your product!

1) Yes it is horrible

2) Yes

3) As Isaac said, I would not put a handle on the mug, but maybe have a grip that would be made out of heat-proof plastic if that is possible.

4) Fingers, Wrist and Thumb
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Date: 03.10.2011
From: davina

Subject: Re: Quick Survey for Vital Research

hope your ideas work
1. yes all the time
2. yes
3. i would make the handle a big, wide grip handle
4. fingers, wrist, arm.
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Date: 03.10.2011
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Quick Survey for Vital Research

I would like to see a sleek, modern ergonomically designed handle in attractive colours. Most 'aids' are hideously ugly.

Something that might be integral to the mug/cup perhaps.The strain is on my thumb and wrist. If I could put my hand round something it would be better. Maybe a cup/mug in a material that doesn't conduct the heat and is a kind of slot shape that everyone could use.
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