The glow of the moon meets a focused beam of sunlight
The goal of this project is to push boundaries, share dreams and imagine future solutions for providing people all over the world with portable off-grid lighting.
Is it universal enough to give a strong impression to multiple demographic?
is it useful enough to bring people together?
Is it cool enough to show off to my neighbors like as iphone?
Is it possible to buy with only 5$?
CHALLENGE IN Research
During this project, I didn't have the opportunity of visiting people worldwide living in off-grid. Instead, I obtained insights from Little Sun by Olafur Eliasson, Nike Foundation, Proximity Design who have done field research.
It is important to design as simple as possible for minimising manufacturing costs and easy to fix later.
-Felix Hallwachs, Managing Director
Girls see light as a connector. When there is light, families and friends sing, dance and pray.
- Tom DeBlassis, Design Innovation Director
In the village without electricity, the majority households use candles or kerosene lamps and barely realise advantages of using solar powered lighting.
-Su Mon, Head of Rural Energy Business Unit
Live for 2 nights without electric lights
To understand off-grid life, I lived for 2 nights without electric lights. On first day, I used 5 candles to light up my place. On second day, I made a solar lantern by modifying $1 outdoor solar lamp from dollar tree.
initial idea sketches from insights
PROTOTYPING & Testing
Based on ideation, I made 4 different concept mockups. While testing mockups only using single led light, dual light type seems most efficient and useful. Placement of light source and parabolic reflector is a challenge. Also, finding adequate designed legs for better position is required to improve.