Tara

A Smart Unit for Enhancing the Feminine Hygiene Experience in the Bathroom

Junior Studio – Partner Project​

Enhancing a Bathroom Ritual

2018

Designed with Andie Niebling

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Simple
& Hygienic

Tara includes feminine hygiene storage, disposal, and resupply with it's smart capabilities, providing a simple, hygienic, and streamlined experience with feminine hygiene products. 

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The Tara App works with the unit to resupply feminine hygiene products and track menstrual tendencies so the user never has to worry about running out of supplies.

A weight sensor in Tara also detects when supplies are low and sends a notification to the app.

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Customized supplies are delivered and contents are emptied into the storage compartment. 

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The empty package is then re-purposed as a disposal liner for the disposal compartment of Tara

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Once full, the liner is removed, sealed and thrown away in a larger receptacle. 

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Research and Design Process

Survey &

Ethnographic Findings

I store my tampons in my room because there’s just not a great place to store them in the bathroom.”

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I find it annoying when I can’t easily grab a tampon because they are stored away in my drawer.”

I share a bathroom with a guy and all of my tampons are just there, so its a bit of an awkward situation.”

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Feminine Hygiene in the Bathroom

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STORAGE

ACCESIBILITY

HYGIENE

RESUPPLY

DISPOSAL

How might we create a product that elevates the feminine hygiene experience in the bathroom for all users?

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WALL MOUNTED NEAR TOILET

DISPOSAL AND STORAGE

APP WITH AUTOMATED ORDERING SYSTEM 

SEALABLE DISPOSABLE BAG

MOTION SENSOR LID

ACCOMODATES TOILET PAPER

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User Testing & Feedback

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Storage and disposal in the same location

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Incorporation of toilet paper

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Ordering system for supplies

Wants a simpler, more elegant form

Form & CMF Inspiration

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Tara

A Smart Unit for Enhancing the Feminine Hygiene Experience in the Bathroom