WINNER OVAM ECODESIGN AWARDS FOR STUDENTS 2016
"HOW CAN THE USE EFFICIENCY OF ELECTRIC POWER TOOLS BE INCREASED, TO ACHIEVE A BETTER DURABILITY OF THESE PRODUCTS?"
"Power drills are used for 10 minutes during their lifetime." John Thackara (2005)
SHARETOOL is a set of modular electric power tools, designed from the demands of the trending 'peer-to-peer'- or sharing economy. The demands are the result of observations at 'tool lending libraries'. A tool lending library is a physical place where members of the community have acces to a wide range of tools.
Research shows that implementing tools in a 'peer-to-peer'- or sharing economy causes a huge increasement of their use efficiency. Because tools are functional products, in contrary to luxury products, the higher use efficiency won't result in an 'over-use' of these products. So the durability knows also a huge increasement. Beside that, sharing tools gives acces to quality tools for the non-professional user.
1. The P2P-economy is a rising trend. With an expected growth of 25% (Wintjens, 2013), the peer-to-peer economy has a huge growth potential. So it isn't a temporary trend and can/will become very influential in our society. It's influence is already visible in examples like Uber and Airbnb.
2. The power tools of today aren't suitable in a P2P-economy. Professional tools are designed for masculine, professional users and to perform in rough conditions. Consumer tools have a much shorter life cycle and offer less to none possibilities for repair.
- Wintjens, R. (2013). Trend report; Un-locking the potential of business and societal innovation;. European Union: Business Innovation Observatory.
- Thackara, J. (2005). In the bubble; designing a complex world. London, England: The MIT Press.
Project duration: Nine months
RESEARCH / ANALYSIS
FIELD RESEARCH AT TOOL LENDING LIBRARIES
ANALYSING AND VISUALIZING THE RESULTS
EXPLORING AND EVALUATING IDEAS + MOODBOARD
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS + TECHNICAL PACKAGE
ERGONOMIC TESTING + REFINEMENT
SHARETOOL is a set of modular electric power tools, designed from the demands of the trending 'peer-to-peer'- or sharing economy