Maker Summit Award - Eggie
Eggie is an electronic waste bin that improves the experience of disposal of tampons in public restrooms. It prevents women from cross-infection of blood-borne pathogens and avoids them seeing other people's waste.
Improving the Experience of Disposing Tampons in Public Restrooms
Eggie is an electronic waste bin that improves the NEITHER pleasant NOR sanitary experience of disposing tampons in public restrooms. This motion sensor activated, responsive waste bin involves no direct physical contact when it implicitly infers users' intention and offers effective feedback. It prevents women from and cross-infection of blood-borne pathogens and avoids them seeing other people's waste.
To craft Eggie, our team integrated electronic prototypes powered by Arduino into 3D models and laser cut artifacts.
We got selected by the 2017 Maker Summit Award! YAY!
It all started from a random illustration ...
One day, as part of my daily fun, I sketched a common, awkward moment in the public restrooms when people do not want to sit on the toilet seat. My designer friend, Shirley, had a good laugh at the illustration and shared the same concern that public restroom was such a problematic space that it harbors a multitude of design opportunities. After several coffee talks, we readily decided to craft a design solution to tackle one tip of the iceberg.
How to improve the experience of disposal of feminine care products in public restrooms?
We started from gathering inspiration and brainstorming concrete problems within public restrooms, and have identified issues like privacy, gender classification, unsanitary toilets, etc. Among all these, one thorny issue particularly intrigued us : how can we better the experience of disposing tampons for ladies in public restrooms?
To our surprise, daily disposal of feminine care products in public spaces could have detrimental impact on both environment and human health (all genders), a fact to which most of us are oblivious. Not only do feminine care items clog the toilet and last forever in the landfill, they also constitute a hot bed for the spawning of bloodborne pathogens and germs that are easily carried away from the public restrooms into working spaces without anyone noticing.
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