Shaun and Moira Craill, LoooP Creative Ltd.
PrototypeLooop Creative Ltd. AguaPallet – a hollow, rotational, molded pallet for delivering humanitarian aid, that can be transformed into a hand cart and mobile water container of up to 70 liters. Initially, the product acts strictly as a typical shipment pallet, with a primary intended use as a water container once its initial function is completed.
Looop Creative Ltd. claims to have a global focus.
Looop Creative Ltd. intends to work with humanitarian agencies, including NGOs, national relief organizations, and international relief organizations to help distribute the AguaPallet when disaster occurs and the product is needed.
Pricing is not yet available for the AguaPallet. The goal is for NGOs to pay for the pallet and the victims of the natural disaster will receive this relief item free-of-charge. Looop Creative Ltd. plans to sell the AguaPallet as a traditional pallet to commercial companies and use those profits to subsidize the price of the AguaPallet to disaster relief NGOs.Interview with representativeTarget price of ~$100 USD Interview with representative
There are many water transport devices in the market, but no existing product also acts as a shipping pallet for disaster relief.
Any individual/family attempting to recover from a natural disaster that has destroyed typical water infrastructure, or any individual/family that has to travel long distances to collect water.
The AguaPallet is designed for mass production and has been developed with batch production or continuous process production in mind. Interview with representative
Currently planning on making the technology open source, but may begin to protect the intellectual property for applications outside of humanitarian aid. Interview withrepresentative
End users would acquire the AguaPallet through relief organizations that would intervene in a country post-disaster. The AguaPallet is also going to be sold to individuals without a regular water supply to their home, but this distribution plan is currently unknown.
None. No products distributed to date. The product is a prototype and is currently undergoing design, manufacturing, and distribution planning/review.
Since the Aguapallet is low-tech, the designers are relying on local technicians to be able to provide support. Any bicycle technician would be able to fix any issue with the AguaPallet Interview with representative
All components have been designed to be repaired. Unknown if local materials can be used for repairs or if user will have to contact manufacturer. The product also has modularity to varying wheel sizes depending on locally available parts
Lifespan information not yet available. All materials are benign and recyclable, and can be fully separated at the end of their life.
One AguaPallet can supply enough water in a single trip for a family for a whole day. Users will also be able to carry other items while transporting the water since it is now contained in a cart. The AguaPallet can also be used to assist people with mobility issues.
The AguaPallet has been developed into [3 different prototypes] , with the fourth prototype currently in design.Interview with representative
AP1 was a crude scale model given to individuals who had direct experience of the Christchurch earthquake in 2010 and 2011, and was made form cardboard to test handle concepts.
AP2 was built using off-the-shelf parts in Santiago, Chile using funding earned by winning UNICEF’s “First 72 Hours” prize, and answered questions on maneuverability, water distribution, and balance of the concept.
AP3 aimed to fix structural strength issues resulting from using purchased components, and initial user testing began. AP4 is currently being designed and will be tested soon (as of July 2016).
Looop Creative Ltd. has received advice and aid from the following organizations during the design process: Auckland University of Technology (AUT) School of Engineering, Titan Industries for handle fabrication, Rebecca Mills for entrepreneurial advice, The AKINA Foundation for Social Enterprise mentoring, Melrose Chairs for wheelchair wheels and fabrication advice, Masport Industries for handle components and design advice, Avanti for advice on wheel specifications, Rotational Plastics for technical assistance with rotational moulding and spin welding components, IDEO.org and Acumen for Human Centred Design training, Autodesk for CAD support and Motovated for Engineering support.
The AguaPallet is a water transport device, and does not filter or disinfect the water it carries. If the inside of the container becomes contaminated, it may be difficult to disinfect/clean.
The product could be combined with a water collection technology before being used for transport. A filter or disinfectant can be used with the AguaPallet to ensure potable drinking water.
No current academic research features the AguaPallet or related pallet/water transport technology
The AguaPallet has been developed into 3 different prototypes, with the fourth prototype currently in design.Interview with representativeThe first two prototypes were developed using laboratory testing and design. The third prototype incorporated user testing.
Winner of UNICEF’s Global Innovation Challenge – The First 72 Hours.Informational video about the AguaPallet.
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