The Droomba

The Droomba is a device installed on top of drains with the ability to release volatile repellents into the surroundings based off hydrosensors which detect suitable water levels and current in the drains. Its intention is to provide a hassle free, and easily maintained method of warding off (repelling) Aedes mosquitoes to inhibit the spread and infection of Dengue virus. It is designed to be a cheap and affordable device by the common public, especially those who live in Dengue infested areas.

This project is carried out by Group 4 (with the members stated above) along with two coaches, namely Dr Mah Siau Hui and Dr Jason Lee Khai Wooi. It is done as part of Taylor's University's Social Innovation Module to bring changes and innovations to society. The project was carried out for fourteen weeks with brainstorming sessions and discussions among group members and consultation with the coaches. All activities are recorded in a project management document as to track our progress. An interview was conducted with three personas, all of which are living in Dengue red zones. Their feedback was taken into account and a prototype was designed around their main problems and concerns. This prototype is further subjected to review and consultation, ultimately being introduced to the three clients for their feedback and satisfaction, of which will be taken into account and any changes and concerns addressed for the final prototype.

There are no organisations involved in the designing and development of this project.

The objective of this project is to design and develop a device that can disrupt the spread of Dengue virus in infested areas. This is done by developing a device capable of inhibiting the spread of Aedes mosquitoes in drains through which repellents are used. Alongside that, the device is designed to be easily maintained and affordable as to make it more accessable to the public. We hope that the device can help increase the quality of life for the public by decreasing Dengue spread and infection with little to no hassle of maintenance.

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