With the rise of coronavirus, environmental cleaning and surface disinfecting has become more important than ever. Speck Design was approached about designing the new EMist electrostatic backpack sprayer to provide a solution for this unique time. We were asked to redesign a next-gen product that would be easy to manufacture, use, and express EMist’s brand value. The existing model had been experiencing manufacturing issues and in light of coronavirus, they wanted an easy-to-use model with compelling industrial design that could be produced effectively.

Our design addresses multiple ergonomic issues. 51% lighter than other systems, this cordless version can be worn for longer periods of time in any environment and has a nozzle that works for a variety of hand sizes. The streamlined, modern design also boasts an easily removable tank. The tank can be filled with any water-soluble chemical, and EMist’s patented Electrostatic Spray technology places a positive charge on droplets, enabling them to spread out evenly and seek out a negative or neutrally charged surface. This wrapping effect creates comprehensive coverage while simultaneously reducing chemical and labor cost. This unique technology paired with the care Speck Design took in designing the customer experience creates a superior product.

Our team worked closely with the EMist engineering team to assess and review their current design and prototype in order to quickly move into a robust design. The goal was to transition it into production at a rate that matched the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this design, we are providing a product that enables the disinfection of large areas quickly and easily - an important tool in the fight against COVID-19. We are on track to reach our target of completing the manufacturing of 10,000 units by the end of the year.

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