Explorations of shapes.
Starting with sketches and moving on to 3D models of foam and clay.
Explorations of carefully pouring water while holding a cup with two hands. This became the basis for the shape of Ottori.
First realisation of electronics on a prototype waterboiler. When covering both aluminium strips a signal will turn on the waterboiler.
Exploration of the shape and lid of Ottori.
The falling down of the lid is inspired by a japanese design.
3D printed model of Ottori. The big container at the back would fit the electronics of the proof of concept. In production this area would become smaller.
The prototype Ottori : Lid, electronics (partly from a real waterboiler), cover and power supply.
An Arduino controls the temperature sensor and the resistive touch sensors that turn on the heath element in the waterboiler.
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In my graduation project I was asked to design for the age of Techno-animism. With the development of technology through Artificial intelligence, but also our “sacred” and elementary connection to the internet, the role of object and user can be redefined.
Animism refers to objects that hold a certain spirituality ; a soul. Spiritual energy is controlled though “charms”: do this, and that will happen. Our current interaction with products is however not that charming: we push a button and walk away (and often forget about our applications that are left on). Through my design of a Waterboiler I wanted to present another perspective on this.
Ottori is Japanese for someone that you can not hurry or a friendly and patience service. Ottori is a waterboiler that will do what he must, but only if you charm him to do so..
Charming Ottori is done by holding it with both hands, taking the time to listen, feel, and collaborate together. In return for your commitment Ottori doesn’t only give you boiling water but he also creates a moment to form a bond and/or ritual.
copyright by Charlotte Wassmer 2016