2013年5月1日星期三

Alleviating poverty with A washing machine powered by your feet



In 2011,students from Art Center College of Design had a trip to Peru, where they spent two weeks working closely with a host family to identify the specific needs of a community and design a consumer product solution. What they found was that in a city without access to basic utilities, something as simple as washing clothes is a serious undertaking: it requires many hours a day just to find and transport water, and wet garments often get moldy before drying.Then they designed a simple washing machine “GiraDora” . Users can operate as long as sitting on the washing machine and trample the rocker.Besides wash the clothes, GiraDora can also dehydration.


The most recent prototype of GiraDora is testing in Lima, Peru, and the campamentos of Santiago, Chile, it is said that the effect is rather  satisfactory.The designers are striving to improve GiraDora’s cleaning power, and the  next iterations of prototypes will improve this function through a new gearing system.

(source: fastcoexist) 

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