hydr. - Tamed abundance
Taking the shower head turns the water on
Light indicating the valve is open
By turning red, it indicates overconsumption
What it does
hydr. allows users to be responsible through their habits. Inviting them to have simple gestures in their shower ritual, they are prompted to turn off the water when not needed and to optimize their shower time proportionally to water consumption.
hydr. is placed in a context of a valuable resource over-consumption: water. Easy access to that commodity perceived as "unlimited" in western countries, is the result of placing on the market economic solutions freeing people form guilt. A need for excessive comfort irretrievably leading to overconsumption, increased in places such as hotels, where our water consumption has on us no economic impact. On average, an individual consumes two to six times more water in one night at the hotel than French daily water use average. To offset this excess, hydr. uses nudge techniques to allow the user to take responsibility through his habits.
How it works
Inspired by our old wall phones for usage, the water's flow starts when the shower head is off the mixer-support, and conversely, hanging it back cuts off the water supply through internal valves controlled by magnetization. In addition, the ring-shaped knob allows a concentric water outlet, thus providing different levels of use with a single flow rate. This form also allows to highlight a visual indicator powered by the water flow, showing whether a consumption level is reached. In addition to being a singular experience in the hotel, it provides significant economic and environmental benefits.
Starting from a master thesis on failure, I worked my way through daily failures that could be improved through behavior more than technological and invisible solutions. Which daily action is driven by this need of comfort, not vital but that feels necessary. Water was a subject that was centre of many daily routines, some more responsible than others, different from one culture to another. Taking queues from this diversity, from one culture to another, creating rituals is what permitted Japanese people to consume less water when showering/bathing, same thing with indian's bucket shower ritual. What if, through usage, I could limit the water use, without limiting the showering experience? Where is the showering experience important, but also very un-ecological? After researches, I found out that, no matter the country, water use easily exceeded national average in hotels. Depending on the number of stars, water use can be twice to six times more important than average. This is the the specific problem I initially wanted to resolve, having in mind to create after a more open to public product.
How it is different
Because innovation goes towards making life easier through high-technology, hydr.'s aim is to teach a different way of using water, more intuitive, more efficient, more natural, with gestures that can be related to new ritual usages.
Now that the theoretical concept is designed and has a shape, it is important to be able to exchange ideas with specialists in the field of electronics and hydrodynamics to figure out what is the most efficient way to respond to every issues left on a more practical point of view.