Dryer in bus stop
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.
Safety, Dryer, bus, Universal Design, Rainy, Slippy Floor
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.
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.
TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Chiao-Chun Ni, Yao-Ting Huang, Feng-Sheng Hung and Jie Wang
National Taipei University of Technology, 2016.
Copyrights belong to Chiao-Chun Ni, Yao-Ting Hwang, Feng-Sheng Hung, Jie Wang, 2017.