The Dulux PaintPod range are powered paint rollers that make painting your home 'easy, fast and clean.' Backpack Roller is a powered paint roller in a backpack, bringing the convenience and speed of PaintPod to the outside of the home.
We started with an in-depth user study, focusing on how consumers currently paint their homes, and from this identified the key areas for improvement. The main challenges were ergonomic - as consumers would often we working at the top of a ladder, our product needed to assist in painting whilst keeping hands free and maintaining a safe working environment. By eliminating the need to take a tray of paint up the ladder and keeping hands free, Backpack Roller makes the task safer as well as quicker and cleaner.
Starting with sketch concepts and mechanical prototypes, we then developed the product to manufacture, with regular consumer testing built into the work programme to ensure all the ergonomic challenges were met.
The team and myself brought the powered paint roller, custom backpack and range of accompanying tools to production in just a few months from the initial client brief.