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Motorized kitchen Product

This project involves choosing a motorized product and improving it through reverse engineering. The existing small consumer home appliance or power tool will be redesigned to improve its usability and aesthetics to greater benefit the user.

Project Goals: 

  • Conduct history, product, and market research on chosen product

  • Find/understand consumer needs, user experience and interaction

  • Learn how product works by dissecting it through product tear down

  • Create Human Factor Task Analysis 

  • Ideate / carry through improvements in final product

  • Utilize 3D Cad Modeling and rendering

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exploring

form

Exploratory Sketches+

Perspective 

Existing Products: Handheld and Stand up

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Exploring Product Forms

In Perspective 

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History /

USEr focus /

Market research

brief history

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1950-Today

1810

1858

1870

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USER FOCUS &

STORYBOARD

Self Analysis 


Type of User: Occasional User

 

I don’t typically open cans more than once a week, so I would be someone who uses this on occasion.
 

Information to find: 

 

  • What is biggest trouble/difficulty with a can opener?

  • What is the most inconvenient part of using this device?

  • What aesthetic qualities are you looking for in this product

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Storyboard / User interaction points

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User Profiles

Market research

SAFETY / user issues

On similar models, I identified some main negative user experiences found in Amazon reviews

Complicated
Frustrating
Hard to assemble

Difficulty attaching
Safety hazard

(sharp part)
Broken
Weak motor
Dull
Poor usability

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Competitors on market

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Price range: 12$ to 30$ 

Key Differences: Brand name, stronger magnet, easily removable parts, other features (bottle opener/knife sharpener), less bulky levers, auto shut off

taking product apart

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Large box holding motor components and more gears, connected to cord. 

Cord has a hole to go through to the back side. Cord could technically be stored inside the device

Large gear moved by heavier motor (lower for weight distribution purposes + closer to cord)

Exploded view / parts list

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human factors task analysis

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Ideating Opportunities for Improvement

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Improve Safety
Better can cutter for smoother edges 
Smaller & Compact 
More compact for storage purposes

Cleaner Process
Eliminate need to touch messy can lid
Better Usability
More simplistic process and less parts

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taking product apart

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Thumb slides into space while fingers squeeze the clip to open, enabled by axel and coiled wire.

smaller & Compact

 clip-on solution

A weight is placed on the back side (equivalent to 2*weight of heaviest can opener) to stabilize product.  

visual concept

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cleaner Process

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A magnet is attached to a grip where you simply pull up to release the dirty can lid without mess.

lid release solution

visual concept

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improve safety

side cutting solution

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Ideally, the can pushed in will hit a button, triggering the blade to come out and can will be cut.

I observed how the Kitchen Mama product leaves no sharp edge by cutting from the side instead of from the top, so I used that concept in my product.

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other 

features

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Stainless Steel Option:
Sleek & Sustainable 

Comfortable Finger Grip 

Knife Sharpener

Bottle Opener

Brand name
& identity 

Ideation

I wanted to create a name that looked curved with “c” similarly to cans- clip, canopy, cancan, etc. A name that isn’t too complicated while also not too simple.

I wanted it to be relevant in the way of referring to either a can or opening one- (canopy) so the user would better understand the product.

chosen name design

Out of all the names, Canopy felt reliable, safe, and fluid. The font I chose was a completely rounded smooth font, to incorporate an elegant and minimal style. I thought by connecting the last two letters “p” and “y” it would resemble the top part of a can.

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finalized brand concept
font & Color palette
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final
renderings

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