Tools inspired by sea life.
RISD advance studio
The oceanic series is an attempt to find common ground between industrial tools and wild sea life. The oceanic glue gun is mainly inspired by the mantis shrimp, while the oceanic tape dispenser is inspired by a crab. Through the designs of these tools, I wish to explore the structure, motion, and appearance of these animals.
Oceanic glue gun.
Inspired by the Mantis shrimp.
Oceanic glue gun has three key features:
- Easy peeling nozzle
- Burn protection shield
- Electric cord bearing
Below consists of a detail explanation for each of the features.
The nozzle is designed to have an uneven surface in order to reduce the surface area of the melted glue.
The burn protection shield has a sliding mechanism that prevents the user's hand from accidentally touching the nozzle. When ready to use, the user simply pulls the trigger and the shield will slide back, exposing the nozzle. This mechanism is inspired by the punches of a mantis shrimp.
The electrical cord is connected to the glue gun through a ball joint, allowing improved movements.
Oceanic tape dispenser.
Inspired by the shell of a crab.
Oceanic tape dispenser also has three key features:
- Horizontal handle
- Shark teeth cutter
- Peeling tape guard
This image on the right shows the close up of the shark teeth inspired cutter that cuts the tape better thanks to the second roll of teeth. Below is a more detailed explanation for the other two features.
The configuration of the oceanic tape dispenser allows the user to use the tool horizontally, which is proven statistically to be more efficient and ergonomic.
The tape guard is designed in a way to mimic the structure of a crab. This movement is based off how one would eat a crab. The motion of breaking apart a harder shell to reveal the content inside.