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BO

Bo is a product designed to ease the pain of cleaning your blinds

while bringing subtle ornamentation into your life. Designed to fit

onto the blades of window blinds, Bo is able to slide across the blade,

and catch the dust.

Time Period: 8 weeks

Prompt: create a non-electric cleaning tool or aid

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BLINDS

Cleaning blinds is often a task that is undesirable and is ignored. How might we create a small and unobtrusive device that makes cleaning blinds easy, enjoyable, and successful?

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“it’s hard to get all of the dust, the vacuum doesn’t get it all and I can’t really fit a cloth in there very well”

“usually I look at it and walk away”

“I don’t particularly enjoy cleaning but having a method to remind me and keep the process simple would be helpful”

INITIAL IDEAS

Looking at what blind cleaners existed and what could be used with existing home cleaning items (vacuums and dusters), I began ideating.

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PROCESS AND PROTOTYPING

Through continued critique I honed in on three designs and made physical prototypes of them.

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DEVELOPMENT

After making the prototypes, gaining user feedback, and practicing use, I turned toward the direction of this design. Able to hug the blind, it glides across and picks up dust. Further refinement was required however to produce the final product.

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       introducing bo

THE SPECS

With a copper-core strip, this device is moldable to any blind shape. A rubber shell allows for flexibility and a microfiber sponge base ensures ease in cleaning the blinds.

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PLACEMENT AND USE

It comes in sets of multiple color palettes. They can be matched with any room and organized and placed in any way desired. Even kids can play with them - entertaining themselves and cleaning the house at the same time.

©2020 EMMA SWITZER DESIGN

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