10 ways to make life better now

Published August 25, 2021, 9:30 AM

by Marie Buenaventura

Young innovators offer human-centered design solutions

SaniHub portable hygiene station by Maria Patrice Feliciano

Eminus, a Latin word that means “from a distance,” is a digital showcase on the inventions of 10 young innovators who have conceptualized inclusive tools to improve the lives of the general public brought about by the pandemic, the lockdowns, and beyond.

Created by students of the Industrial Design Program of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, each piece addresses prevalent issues on mobility, remote living, health and safety, pollution, and bio-waste collection.

Joshua Lim highlights sustainability and functionality in Spectrum, an ergonomic sanitation equipment which uses ultraviolet technology and thermal insulating materials to eliminate bacteria and viruses.

Vincent Theodore Co’s smart container dubbed as Okibox allows contactless receipt of packages from online purchases, which has seen an increase due to the stay-at-home orders. It features a screen for navigation and guidance and it connects and sends notifications to the recipient’s phone via WiFi.

Jose Marie Impas hopes to help lessen the air pollution in urban spaces through Headway, a purification device mounted on the roof of public utility vehicles. It employs multiple cleansing methods including the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter.

Created by students of the Industrial Design Program of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts, each piece addresses prevalent issues on mobility, remote living, health and safety, pollution, and bio-waste collection.

Bïome by Martin Francis Hernandez is a bio-waste collection bin, which segregates biodegradable waste while being a self-composting device that provides plant food for urban gardeners.

Gripinna by Maia Consuelo Santos

Maria Patrice Feliciano’s SaniHub is a modular and customizable hygiene and showering station, which can be ported, disassembled, and reconstructed with convenience for evacuation centers and other temporary housing situations.

Alka Melgo’s Step is a portable public toilet complete with foot sliding lock, foot door opener, foot seat lifter, rear evacuation valve, water pump, and top and bottom vents for better airflow.

Okibox by Vincent Theodore Co

Lorenz Dominic Mercado’s Saklay is a transport unit that comes with safety rails, ramps, and ideal chair heights to provide a comfortable and convenient travel to both abled and differently-abled passengers.

Marie Kay Nodalo’s Antima Pepper Spray is a handy self-defense device that has a wide reach of up to 10 feet and a built-in GPS chipset. It can send automated messages of the user’s whereabouts to selected contacts in just one click of the SOS button.

Go Lift gloves by Refaat Abboud

Gripiña by Maia Consuelo Santos is an ergonomic and safe attachment that alleviates the discomfort of Filipino pineapple scrapers in extracting piña fiber from the fruit.

Go Lift by Refaat Abboud is a pair of sleek interchangeable gloves for blue-collar workers and gym-goers who wish to prevent sprains as well as protect their hands from callouses.

Saklay by Lorenz Dominic Mercado

The 3D models of these design innovations are currently available on view until Thursday, Sept. 30.

Supporting this cause are the World Design Organization, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of the Philippines, and Silhouette Big Pix PH.

View the exhibition on Facebook, Youtube, or Instagram.

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