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DIVI: Modular Dispenser
DIVI is a modular ice and beverage system designed to consolidate several kitchen appliances into one convenient package.
FALL 2018  /  AUBURN UNIVERSITY
Research
User-Interface
Industrial
Systems
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What's in a Kitchen?
Despite a trend in decreasing kitchen sizes and an already saturated kitchen appliance market, small appliance purchases are growing and new market offerings are expected to continue in the coming years. Most small kitchen appliances appeal to either a niche or novel use, resulting in one product that accomplishes one task.

Based on a survey of 87 participants, I discovered that the majority have several appliances that are no longer in use and are cluttering valuable countertop space. Combined with the surge in new market offerings, it seems there is an opportunity to consolidate several niche and novel kitchen appliances into one system. In essence, it seems there is room to shrink.
*Results based on survey of 87 participants
Where Can We Consolidate?
Exploring user behavior in the kitchen lead to several insights - namely, tasks and appliances can be categorized into actions, utilities, and novelties. Any action might require several steps to complete, leading the user all over the kitchen. Utilities are the core components of any kitchen (the sink, ice maker, or refrigerator for instance). Novelties describe the additional components that one might use for a specific task (soda makers, coffee makers, etc.).
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novelties
New kitchen products usually appeal to an entertainment, novel, or an otherwise niche use. Unfortunately, these are the first products to end up forgotten, usually left to collect dust and occupy valuable countertop or storage space.
The “core of the kitchen” is a smaller area for new product innovation, yet the ability to wash dishes, clean produce, or otherwise use a readily-available water source is a necessity that will always remain in the kitchen.
Preparing a glass of ice water is a simple task, right? Sometimes a simple task like this can require the user to move all over the kitchen to complete, hoping that no spills or overfills are encountered along the way.
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Defining the Target Market
Based on the innovative factor of this new product, the ideal consumer would be open-minded and welcoming of new technologies. They can be found on the spectrum of the early adopter to the minimalist.
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Product Vision
This product appeals to those who wish for a decluttered lifestyle while appealing to modern senses. The aesthetic direction encompasses a subtle, yet bold, styling and feature set.
Initial Ideation
This product appeals to those who wish for a decluttered lifestyle while appealing to modern senses. The aesthetic direction encompasses a subtle, yet bold, styling and feature set.
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User Feedback
Rapid prototyping and 3D printing were used to test ergonomics and user feedback regarding the capacitive touch button locations and pull-out sprayer dimensions.

Users were asked to interact with the model and provide feedback regarding the ease of use and the accessibility of the sprayer feature.
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Final Direction
Light and structural visual elements promote a simplified, yet complex, form. In maintaining the existing functionality of a faucet, DIVI offers 3 spray settings and a moving sprayer.
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App
In taking this product past the point of minimum viability, I decided a connected feature will improve accessibility and convenience, and provide a unique opportunity to connect to a larger system.
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Implementation
Ideally, DIVI will find its place among every aspect of the user's life.

No more waiting. No more clutter. And, perhaps most importantly, no more missing the not-so-critical moments.
2018 Benton Humphreys | Designer (ID, UI/UX). All rights reserved.
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