Sunday, October 2, 2011

The First Run at the Broom Prototype

 There are 5 areas in which we are focusing to create a better experience for you broom enthusiasts: 

  1. Grip
  2. Overall broom handle
  3. Storage
  4. Bristles
  5. And cleanliness of the broom head

 Based on my previous sketches, I developed a mechanism to not only create new storage opportunities but also prevent you from having to pull all that nasty dirt and hair off the end after your sweeping run. 

This picture demonstrates the device in action. After sweeping, you detach the metal combs from the magnets at the top. You thread them through the bristles and pull the entire structure off the broom head. This will leave you with a whole lot of hair on the top of the triangular-shaped structure in which you just easily discard into the trash. 
 We think that cleaning should not have to be a bore. So to help lighten that mental load, we attached a stress ball to the end of the handle (yes, I know, the duct tape is a bit crude, but it's a work in progress). We also noticed through our interviews and testing, that a straight handle causes an unnatural bend in the wrist of your lower arm. To help prevent cleaning injuries (I bet they're a lot more common than most would expect) we created a bend in the handle using PVC connectors. This would ease the angle and put less stress on your wrist. It also creates a better platform in order to put pressure down in case there's a tricky thing that you're having trouble sweeping.
Here's a little bit better handle on the cleaning mechanism. For the next prototype, we will but wire combs on each side for a more precise "combing" Also, the black strips of magnets at the top aid to the storage aspect. Moms and dads, you can stick it to the side of your refrigerator or janitors, you can stick it to the side of your file cabinet. 
Also applicable to you Quidditch players out there. We've tested it out, the aerodynamics are awe-inspiring.

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