Dual Broom

The project looks at the most commonly used household cleaning device in India, the broom and adds value to it by combining the functionality of the dry cleaning and wet cleaning. Also making it easier to use by applying better product ergonomics.  Dual_broom Project Details Team: Manas Karambelkar, Vishal Agale Duration: 4 weeks Course: Simple Product Design at Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID) Guides: Sheetal Natuu Description This was the very first design project that had the complete design process from research to prototyping. The broom was chosen to be redesigned because it provided with various opportunities as the design of a household broom has not changed radically for many years. New Nylon hair brooms are not easily accepted and adopted by people in India. The comfort factor is not thought about for household brooms as it is for professional brooms. A detailed market research was done to see what type of products are available in various price range. Which are the most sold products? Why? How they were packaged, distributed and manufactured etc. This provided with the constraints and opportunities in terms of what price mark would be most attractive for the common users and what additional value could be provided within that cost and manufacturing facilities.
Market study

Market study

Then, User research was done where a detailed step by step study of the process of sweeping was done. Ergonomics were studied in terms of the posture of the user while using, how comfortable was the grip etc. The storage and maintenance of the product was looked into. Dual broom_User study   Problem statement The household broom which is used everyday twice by housewives and/or maids is not very efficient since it doesn't give complete cleaning in the first go. The device is not very ergonomic since the user has to bend most of the time. It makes the user feel diminished unconsciously in presence of other people due to the posture. The face comes directly in contact with fine dust particles, inhaling of which may lead to health issues. The product is not aesthetically good so that it can be part of the ambiance of the place. Storage is also an issue since wrong practices will affect the product efficiency and lifespan. The device/product has to be cleaned manually every time dirt gets stuck. To address some of these issues different ideas were explored with sketches
Concept of using sticky paper rollers used in dog hair remover from clothes for floor cleaning

Concept of using sticky paper rollers used in dog hair remover from clothes for floor cleaning

Concept using static electricity to collect dust, a telescopic cover for the bristles also works as a comb to clean out the dust from bristles

Concept using static electricity to collect dust, a telescopic cover for the bristles also works as a comb to clean out the dust from the bristles

  The final concept involved combining two different types of bristles found in two different household brooms. One side has soft and fine bristles which are used on dry surfaces to remove dust and other solid waste. The other side has hard and thick bristles which are good for cleaning wet surfaces such as bathroom floor. The length of the broom is longer for cleaning posture that does not need the user to bend. The handle is made thicker with matte finish for better grip. Since the bristles are detachable they are easy to replace one they are no more usable. The bristles are biodegradable (Grass) and the plastic handle is reused making the product environment friendly.
Exploded view of the central assembly

Exploded view of the central assembly

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