The project began by understanding the technology industry and its application, followed by task analysis around cleaning and its variables. This was supplemented with in-depth research of the user groups, their attitude, apprehensions and their needs. The secondary research was done to map out products related to automated cleaning and their attributes to arrive at a design direction. The target audience was finalized by keeping the Indian context in mind. Multiple characteristics of the products were derived from existing technology, materials and processes from diverse industries. The form development of the product attempted to convey a sense of approachability and reliability influenced by the spatial constraints. The project comprised the product design, its interaction with the user and the inculcation of technology. There will be further iterations to develop upon the aspect of manufacturing and repairability.
Keywords: cleaning, home automation, product design, smart technology, user experience