UltraDry Dryer in bus stop by National Taipei University of Technology

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
UltraDry

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Dryer in bus stop

INSPIRATION:
It rains a lot in Taiwan. You may certainly bring rainwater into bus when you get on in a rainy day. It would cause slippery floor and also high risk of falling down. According statistics, almost 30% bus passenger have experience of falling down.In rainy day, because of rickety bus and the water drop on bus floor from umbrella , passenger might slip and fall down very easy. Especially elderly and pregnant, it cause serious consequence.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
There's very little to do while waiting for the bus. We propose using this time to ensure that umbrellas are properly dried before boarding. With UltraDry we can safely store away dry umbrellas and ensure a dry floor on the bus greatly decreasing the chances of slipping or falling. By placing the action in the most sensible place we can improve the experience of public travel.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
UltraDry sets up in the bus shelter. Passengers will wait for the bus for about 3-5 minutes. During this period of time, people can use UltraDry to dry their umbrellas. Take wet umbrella into Ultradry. Pedaling, then the inside brushes spin to dry the water on umbrella. After drying,take out umbrella and the outside brushes can dry again.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in October 2015 in Taipei and finished in 2016 January in Taipei.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
This product is mainly made of plastic with metal transmission system and plastic absorbent brushes.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Dimensions: 190 mm x 240 mm x 800 mm. This dryer can remove water up to 78% on one umbrella with a maximum size in 1 minute.

TAGS:
Safety, Dryer, bus, Universal Design, Rainy, Slippy Floor

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Taiwan's climate is rainy, with rainfall throughout the year. The locals always travels with umbrellas. We selected bus stops, which is the most daily public transportation as our research environment. Focusing on change from umbrella-on to umbrella-off, we observed the process of waiting in bus stops. Objective's routes and behaviors were recorded by behavioral mapping method. Aiming to utilize waiting, fragments of time, we designed a quick umbrella dryer motivated by man-power.

CHALLENGE:
In the process of functional prototypes, we tried many ways on drying umbrellas such as absorbing, water-wiping and air-drying. Finally continuous wiping was selected. In order to design the best wiper with a kind of proper material in a proper shape, we tried different combinations.

ADDED DATE:
2017-02-27 04:10:37

TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Chiao-Chun Ni, Yao-Ting Huang, Feng-Sheng Hung and Jie Wang

IMAGE CREDITS:
National Taipei University of Technology, 2016.

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to Chiao-Chun Ni, Yao-Ting Hwang, Feng-Sheng Hung, Jie Wang, 2017.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
National Taipei University of Technology

PROFILE:
National Taipei University of Technology, a top-ranked public university in Taiwan. With the long-standing history and experience in education, Taipei Tech devotes to cultivating top technical professionals. Taipei Tech specializes in three fields: technology, design and management. In a recent teaching excellence evaluation by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, Taipei Tech was ranked first among all the other technological universities. It is also Number One Paradigm Technological University for its research and academic excellence. Taipei Tech alumni have contributed considerably to the economic development of Taiwan, and have won wide praise from businesses of all industries. Taipei Tech graduates are the top favorite employees among Taiwan’s top 1000 enterprises, as declared by Cheers magazine. Taipei Tech is also renowned as top World Green University. In UI Green Metrics University Rankings, Taipei Tech is ranked as the 1st Green University in Taiwan and the 6th in world in the city center category.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Ultradry Dryer in Bus Stop by National Taipei University of Technology is a Nominee in Social Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Ultradry Dryer in Bus Stop by National Taipei University of Technology is Winner in Social Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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