ARO is a semiotic artifact which provides easily understandable resource utilisation awareness that resonates with the public, while allowing them to know about their overall savings. The device also doubles up as a light fixture.

COURSE, DURATION & YEAR
Design Project III – 10 weeks, 2018
SOFTWARES
Adobe Suite, Fusion 360, Solidworks, Arduino
SKILLS DEVELOPED
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
RECOGNITION
Exhibited at Design Summit 2019 – Embed 3.0: Unleashing The Power Of Design Disruption (Bengaluru, India)

Speculating the ‘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?
Concept Video

Approach

I. RESEARCH AND IDEATION
II. STUDYING THE EXISTING HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
III. BRAINSTORMING IDEAS
IV. STUDYING THE FORM
V. PLACEMENT & ORIENTATION POSSIBILITIES
VI. INITIAL VISUALISATION
Aesthetics to be taken care of – 
form, color, scale 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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