Otter Personal Disaster Pack by Benson Lee

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Otter

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Personal Disaster Pack

INSPIRATION:
The product is designed as a floatation device and helps position the victims like a backward swimming otter, keeping the user's head out of the water at all times by supporting the back of the neck. By squeezing the life vest after placing it around the neck, chemical reaction quickly inflates the life vest like how a foil balloon works.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Otter is a personal disaster relief backpack that can be used in both wet and dry emergencies. The pack consists of two quick-sealing storages and a deployable life vest, all packed within a hard protective shell. It allows people to quickly store their personal belongings as they make a run during the disaster. Otter aims to help the victims ease the recovery phase during the aftermath as it keeps personal valuables as a morale booster, giving survivors a chance to start all over with life.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Otter is a backpack that can be worn the other way around as a float. It positions the user like a backward swimming otter, keeping his head out of the water at all times by supporting the neck. Squeezing the life vest after placing it around the neck causes a chemical reaction to quickly inflates. It consists of 3 main components: - A pouch that contains a life vest. - Buoyant bag frame that can mount other bags. - Quick seal dry bags that have a hard shell for protection against sharp debris.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in 2010, and ended in 2011, in Singapore. It has been exhibited in Lasalle College of the Arts Gallery, and the Red Dot Museum in Singapore.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
This design is at a conceptual stage with basic tests. The production of the polycarbonate shell was proposed to be made using vacuum form methods to achieve a single piece design and reduction in manufacturing cost. The dry bags were made of Polyvinyl chloride tarpaulin and magnetic strips for the seal, whereas the frame was made of Ethylene-vinyl acetate foam, upholstered in nylon fabric. All straps are nylon straps with quick-release buckles.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Approximate combined dimensions of 320mm x 310mm x 560mm

TAGS:
Disaster, rescue, backpack, lifesaving, aid

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Type of Research: Market study, prototyping. Research Objective: Creating a new market for safety products. Methodology: Using existing materials to find alternate use in order to shorten development timeline. Data Collection: Interviews with rescue and first aid personnel; Research tools: Interviews, online research, prototype Insights and Impacts: Feedbacks from rescue personnel are positive, further tests needed. Effects: a Psychological approach to aid people living in disaster-affected areas.

CHALLENGE:
Individual components have been tested and gave positive results. However, these tests are amateur. Professional tests with actual working prototypes need to be done for more conclusive results.

ADDED DATE:
2017-12-11 16:38:21

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Benson Lee, 2017.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Benson Lee

PROFILE:
Benson Lee is an award-winning Product Designer based in Singapore. Since 2005, he has been involved in the field of Product and Industrial Design. Having started his professional career in 2013, he has worked on numerous projects ranging in scales, from product to spatial design. Over the years, Benson had assisted several organisations, both big and small, build their foundation of the Product Design department. Benson has also been featured on design-related news articles and magazines several times, and his works have been published on various design websites and books. Benson's design interest has always been in the study of semiotics and social sciences and hopes to be specialised in these fields in regards to product design.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Otter Personal Disaster Pack by Benson Lee is a Nominee in Safety Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Otter Personal Disaster Pack by Benson Lee is Winner in Safety Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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