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Tap into motion control - the Spatial Interaction touchless faucet

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May 28, 2010

Moving the hand away from the tap alters the stream type

Moving the hand away from the tap alters the stream type

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Traditional taps run the risk of transmitting dirt and germs from the hand to the tap when turning it on, and transmitting them back to the just washed hand when turning the tap off. Kind of counter-productive. Touch sensitive taps like Delta’s Pilar kitchen faucet are one solution and the sensor activated taps often found in public toilets are another. Designer Jasper Dekker has come up with an even better option with his Spatial Interaction faucet - it allows users to control not only flow, but also temperature and stream type with a wave of a hand.

The faucet’s gesture control is made possible thanks to two arrays of infrared sensors located on each side of the faucet. Performing a "come to me" gesture alongside the faucet sends water flowing out, with the speed of the gesture controlling the strength of the flow. Likewise, a gesture in the opposite direction will halt the water flow.

Motioning towards oneself cause the water to flow

The sensors on the right side of the faucet are used to control cold water, while sensors on the left are used for hot water, with blue and red LEDs at the front of the faucet providing an easy way to check the water temperature without scolding your hands.

Hand gestures can also be used to set the water stream type. Water will start out as a standard stream, but placing a hand next to the faucet and moving it away from the side will change the output to a shower-like spray.

Dekker has built a fully working prototype with an enclosure milled out of a single block of Corian – a highly durable and non-porous material created by DuPont composed of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate that is commonly used in kitchen counter tops and bathroom vanity tops. The Corian enclosure encases Dekker’s homemade water control system made up of servos, copper tubing, solenoid valves and ball vales.

Dekker’s Spatial Interaction tap is still only at the prototype stage, but it’s not hard to envision his creation becoming a staple in hygiene conscious kitchens in the future.

Via Yanko Design.

Spatial Interaction from Jasper Dekker on Vimeo.

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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2 Comments

Visit France. In public toilets you make the water from by pressing a floor button with your foot. Cheap, cheerful and its totally proven having been around for years.

The Spatial Interaction faucet is another carbon-hungry piece of over complex nonsense which will probably soon malfunction.

These gesture sensors are already used to flush the toilets at UK truck stops. Every time you make the slightest movement... whoosh! It washes your ass with cold water.

Doug MacLeod
30th May, 2010 @ 06:02 am PDT

The floor mounted foot-operated water valves have been used for years in hospitals by surgeons who wash prior to surgery (sterile) but can still operate the water controls. How hard is this?

A floor mounted hot-cold pedal setup would be easy to install in a home (with child safety lock), and even retro-install on an existing faucet with a valve setup under the sink cabinet.

Nothing wastes more water (and HOT water to boot) than the univalve kitchen sink faucets... people just throw it on in the middle warm setting, even for just a ten second burst of water, not realizing that the hot water pipes are filling for that short period, requiring more energy to reheat the hot water tank.

matthew.rings
31st May, 2010 @ 08:26 pm PDT
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