Trivandrum: USA based Ideo.org which is well known for human-centred design is collaborating with Technopark, Trivandrum based electronic Toilet Manufacturer, Eram Scientific Solutions for designing next generation e-Toilets. Ideo.org is part of well-known Ideo, the designer of Apple’s first mouse, Microsoft’s second mouse, Steelcase’s Leap chair etc.
This collaboration for developing technology assisted affordable sanitation solution is supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The primary aim of this design engagement is to develop and enhance the pro- user interfaces, while optimizing space and ensuring cost affordability.
According to a release from the company, the kick off meeting was held at San Fransisco on July 25, 2014 and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was exchanged between Anvar Sadath, CEO of Eram Scientific Solutions and Jocelyn Wyatt, Executive Director of Ideo.org. John Duffey and Danielle Pedi representing BMGF were also present on the occasion.
EToilet is India’s first Electronic Toilet. These unmanned toilets integrated with sensor based technology has self-cleaning and water conservation mechanisms. The e-Toilets are remotely monitored over a GPRS network. E-Toilets provide clean and hygienic toilet for every user. E-Toilet is deployed in over 500 locations in India, spread across 10 Indian States. It has won over 32 awards and recognitions world-wide.
“The collaboration with an industry design leader like Ideo.org will be a major step in the path of our relentless quest towards providing cleaner and hygienic sanitation facility to every user”, said Dr. Siddeek Ahmed, CMD of Eram Group.
As part of the collaboration, a three member team from Ideo.org consisting of Martin Schnitzer, Ravi Prakash and Elise Guinee have completed two weeks of research activities in India yesterday. Gate’s Foundation had earlier facilitated Eram Scientific’s collaboration with California Institute of Technology, Duke University and University of South Florida for developing technology enabled affordable sanitation infrastructure.
Kerala IT News