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UV Water Sterilizer

Client: Panasonic

Location: India & Japan

Description:

A low-cost, ultraviolet-based water sterilizer for use by low-income families in India.  Incorporated numerous safety features to ensure sufficient water treatment and battery back-up to ensure access to safe drinking water even during power brown outs.

Work:

Initial design workshop in Tokyo with Panasonic engineers to review prior research, brainstorm concepts, and general human-centered design knowledge transfer.  Alpha and beta prototype design and assembly in the U.S. followed by extensive user testing in India.  Synthesized findings into concrete product recommendations for future development by Panasonic.

 

Outcome:

 

Fully-functional, high-fidelity prototype and plan for further development and production.

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UV Water

Client: Zola Electric

Location: Africa

Description:

A mass produced, affordable method of mounting small solar panels on homes throughout sub-Saharan Africa: ensure the panels are secure while providing adequate airflow around the panel (improving efficiency) and optimal orientation to the sky for maximum solar gain.

Work:

Initial concept development and prototyping followed by remote in-the-field user testing, design for manufacture, and design support during initial production run.

 

Outcome:

A reliable and easy to use solar panel mounting system used across the sub-Saharan African countries where Zola operates (Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast).

Solar Panel Mounting

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Solar Panel
Toilet Shelter

Toilet Shelter

Client: WaterSHED

Location: Cambodia & Thailand

Description:

A mass produced, flat-packed toilet shelter for use by rural families that are installing a pit latrine at their home, often for the very first time.

Work:

Design review, user research, and design for manufacture followed by manufacturer sourcing in Thailand and support during initial production run.

 

Outcome:

Affordable, aspirational toilet shelters manufactured in Thailand and installed at homes across Cambodia.

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Rice Planter

Rice Planter