ARO is a semiotic artifact which provides resource utilisation awareness, while allowing the users to know about their overall savings.

COURSE, DURATION & YEAR

Design Project III – 10 weeks, 2018

SOFTWARES

Adobe Suite, Fusion 360, Solidworks, Arduino

KEYWORDS

Internet of Things (IoT), Poetics of Energy, Home Automation, Speculative Design, Semiotics in Product Design, Material Handling, Form Studies, 3D Data Visualisation, Information Design, Design for Sustainability


Problem Area

Given the rapid growth of economic strata of people in India, a spike in energy demand is expected, as access to automobiles and other comforts has become easily affordable. When the allocation of major resource like water between two states is already being witnessed in our country, how long would the same take to trickle down to the common human being? What if people are provided with fixed amounts of resource (electricity, water & cooking gas here) every month just like our monthly salaries, broadband plans, etc.
How would rationing in such a situation happen? How would our monthly resource plans look like? Would it still give us an option of upgrading/purchasing a particular resource given the resource’ crunch?
Will the resource monitoring systems still be in need, and if they do exist, where would the regulation be required and how will it happen? – A regulation within regulation? The bigger regulation being the fixed resources itself.
Would this behave like a near-term financial problem and would it bring dynamic pricing at peak hours (surged prices) into play? Would one have to pay accordingly on the surplus used beyond the daily limit.
With a given quantity of resources in hand, would we still dare to share? And if at all it still happens, on what basis will this sharing happen?

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Concept Video

I. RESEARCH AND IDEATION
II. STUDYING THE EXISTING HOUSEHOLD
III. BRAINSTORMING IDEAS
IV. STUDYING THE FORM
V. PLACEMENT AND ORIENTATION POSSIBILITIES
VI. INITIAL VISUALISATION

Aesthetics to be taken care of –

  1. form
  2. color
  3. scale
  4. height placement/orientation

Questions to be addressed-

  1. one or three?
  2. ‘resources are precious’
  3. discernible difference over a period
VII. FORM EXPLORATIONS
VIII. THE FINAL FORM (MAKING)
Mentors - Dr. Jignesh Khakhar, Suvani Suri, Alex Davis (Visiting)
Forever grateful to - Arshad Pathan, Sheik Mohamed Ishaq, Aman Verma, Siva Sai Jeeva
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