TU Delft: Advanced Embodiment Design
Feb. 2012 - Jul. 2012
Robert van den Born
For this project Philips asked us to look for a compact storage solution for cannister type vacuum cleaners. One of the main issues in storage is the dynamic volume of the hose and tube.
Our solution is to introduce a system where the hose can be easily moved to cover the tube, which decreases the volume footprint and increases overall rigidity of the vacuum cleaner during transport. Within this project we have gone from idea to materialisation, including a fully functional prototype.
Philips thought our design was worthy of applying for a patent, which unfortunately after further research turned out to be already patented by competitor Dyson.
Central in this project was development of a fully functional prototype, to test both principle as well as consumer acceptance. All images on this page are made with the prototype featured. This prototype was later used in a 'big-brother is watching you' user test at the Philips Research Facility in Drachten, in a fully furnished and camera equipped house.