DropWater

User Research / Industrial Design

rapid prototyping services
The Client

Drop Water is a company on a mission to change how people all over the world consume water. They manufacture water kiosks and fountains to provide people with the right drink for them, in a sustainable way, at a more appealing price point.

“We’re building the future of drinks.”
-Drop water

The Product

Drop water is an eco-friendly, custom-flavored water vending machine built from natural materials. As a high-capacity water dispenser, it is the perfect way to keep customers hydrated in high-traffic areas. The unit holds up to 1200 compostable containers and can dispense a drink in one of these or refill customers’ reusable bottles with still, sparkling, and flavored water.

The Challenge

The design needed to be user-focused but still consistent with the Dropwater brand values. This meant creating a vending machine from sustainable materials with a look that was still exciting and intuitive. The kiosk had to meet industry standards to accommodate all segments of users, including those with disabilities while maintaining a modern design and eco-friendly feel to match the brand and enhance the user experience.

The process

Understanding the client’s mission is to reduce the carbon footprint of plastic bottles for a better, more environmentally conscious world were critical to the Dropwater design thinking. Going into the design process, knowing the bottled water industry is wildly inefficient, the Speck team wanted to create a technology that would encourage society to rethink how they get their water. ​Like other vending machines that Speck has designed, the goal was to create a great customer experience. This meant creating a sleek housing for the internal robotics system while adding reliability and precision to the kiosk and an increased bottle capacity. Additionally, using in-depth research, Speck found and integrated specific materials, such as sheet metal and thermoforming, to make the manufacturing process more mass-producible.

the outcome

The Dropwater kiosk now has a 1,200 bottle holding capacity instead of the 700 it was initially able to store. The resulting design, complete with high-tech internal robotics systems, LCD screens, mass-producible materials, and a user-friendly design, allows for a sophisticated and personalized eco-friendly thirst-quenching experience. The Dropwater system has successfully been tested in the market and at events and is in the planning stage for mass-production and implementation for kiosk distribution at various locations.​

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Product Description

Drop Water is a company on a mission to change how people all over the world consume water. They manufacture water kiosks and fountains to provide people with the right drink for them, in a sustainable way, at a more appealing price point.

“We’re building the future of drinks.”
-Drop water

Project Overview

Drop water is an eco-friendly, custom-flavored water vending machine built from natural materials. As a high-capacity water dispenser, it is the perfect way to keep customers hydrated in high-traffic areas. The unit holds up to 1200 compostable containers and can dispense a drink in one of these or refill customers’ reusable bottles with still, sparkling, and flavored water.

Project Approach

The design needed to be user-focused but still consistent with the Dropwater brand values. This meant creating a vending machine from sustainable materials with a look that was still exciting and intuitive. The kiosk had to meet industry standards to accommodate all segments of users, including those with disabilities while maintaining a modern design and eco-friendly feel to match the brand and enhance the user experience.

Drop Water is a company on a mission to change how people all over the world consume water. They manufacture water kiosks and fountains to provide people with the right drink for them, in a sustainable way, at a more appealing price point.

“We’re building the future of drinks.”
-Drop water

Drop water is an eco-friendly, custom-flavored water vending machine built from natural materials. As a high-capacity water dispenser, it is the perfect way to keep customers hydrated in high-traffic areas. The unit holds up to 1200 compostable containers and can dispense a drink in one of these or refill customers’ reusable bottles with still, sparkling, and flavored water.

The design needed to be user-focused but still consistent with the Dropwater brand values. This meant creating a vending machine from sustainable materials with a look that was still exciting and intuitive. The kiosk had to meet industry standards to accommodate all segments of users, including those with disabilities while maintaining a modern design and eco-friendly feel to match the brand and enhance the user experience.

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