Forbeslife invited us to reimagine a product from our lives. Two redesigned products from our everyday life are presented here. The first one is a kitchen aid and the second one is an "aankho dekhi" petrol pump dispenser. The Jan-Feb 2016 issue of the magazine carries these new products.
An ergonomic aid for the kitchen
Smart Fuel Dispenser - Bringing analog back
Need - Filling fuel at at a petrol pump/ gas station is a act of faith as far as trusting the quantity and quality of petrol that is delivered to us. Petrol goes straight from the pump to the vehicle. We trust the meter display as the truth. We rarely know if the petrol filled is of the exact quantity. What if the amount of fuel was visible to us right in front of us? In earlier times the design of a pump had an additional glass container introduced to pump the petrol in it manually and then delivered using gravity, Its time to reinvent it in our todays context.
Design - Here is an attempt to bring back real time visibility of the actual amount of fuel being filled by creating an integrated transparent glass container for fuel. Fuel is filled in this one first and then dispensed into the vehicle. One can see the fuel being emptied visually from the container into the tank. Calibration on the container shows clearly the volume level. Visibility of the colour of fuel also adds the extra check for visual quality. Display of the amount to be paid and quantity filled is often a challenge to read (staff at petrol pumps have been found to be notoriously tricking users) here the display right on the top with large digits visible to the users. Rate of fuel is mentioned separately, a relatively static piece of information, not to be confused with other information. Wouldn't it be better for consumers to have an option of using such a dispenser even if it takes a little more time than normal to have an added assurance of correct quantity being delivered along with peace of mind. Would you use this pump?
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