The Washing machine door opening and closing method consuming the front space requires additional movement of the wheelchair user. Changing the opening and closing method of the existing door which is an obstacle factor of the front space of the washing machine. Guiding the door to slide to the upper side in consideration of the space where the washing machine is mainly placed.
Problem : Door Structure
Users of wheelchairs have difficulty in opening and closing the door of the drum washing machine. The door opening and closing method consuming the front space requires additional movement of the wheelchair user. In order for wheelchair users to use the washing machine, the opening and closing method of the washing machine door needs to be changed.
What if we can do the Washing machine Door open by Sliding Structure?
Washing machine type suitable for both wheelchair users and general users : Finding forms according to the use of washing machine
It studies the shape suitable to slide the washing machine door. Considering the environment where the washing machine is placed, the structure is changed so that the washing machine door can be opened to the top.
Sliding Washing machine
The front space of the washing machine can be efficiently utilized unlike the existing washing machine. The washing machine is designed for wheelchair users and existing users to use the washing machine conveniently. The shape was designed considering the height of the washing machine users.
Front Loading System
The door of the washing machine should slide without being disturbed by the existing obstacles in the existing washing machine. Using the pop-up structure, the glass located on the back of the washing machine door was not restricted when the washing machine door was sliding.
Human Engineering Design
Changed the lower part of the Washing machine to reduce the constraints of wheelchair users using the Washing machine.
Operating Graphic / Mirroring System
Users can easily check the washing stage by displaying the visualization according to the washing stage on the front glass of the washing machine. The user can check the washing stage of the washing machine in real time by using the smartwatch mirroring system.
Sliding Washing machine
When the wheelchair user opens the washing machine door, the door slides to the top so that the front space is not restricted.
Industrial Designers Society of America / IDEA 2019 Finalist
2019 Korea Design Exhibition Award - Special Prize
2019 International Busan Design Award - Idea
2019 D2B Design Fair - Finalist
Republic of Korea / 특허출원 10-2019-0170713
Republic of Korea / 디자인출원 30-2019-0044180
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