A spade is one of those common objects that leads you to believe that its manufacturers have never needed to use their own product, embodying an inefficiency that seems utterly silly. Finally, the Xovel Shovel concept has broken ground on a new functional form that takes the added labor of utilizing the tool out of the more significant challenge at hand.
Three principal problems are solved with this invention of Jaeseok Han's as they relate to ergonomics, maneuverability and efficiency. First of all, an extra handle has been added at the neck of the scooper, angled roughly 45 degrees against the axis of the shaft. This puts less pressure on a strained wrist whilst excavating and lifting. The hilt has been made adjustable to accommodate working in restricted spaces, and thoughtfully, the Xovel Shovel has interchangeable spades specialized for particular tasks. If those improvements weren't sufficient, the implement also has a flashlight embedded.
The Xovel Shovel was Designed with Wrists in Mind
Amelia Roblin — October 12, 2011 — Art & Design
References: ahhaproject & tuvie