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WATERAID: HOPE LOCKER

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WATERAID: HOPE LOCKER

Our increasingly cashless society is quick and convenient but has raised a problem for charity organisations dependent on small cash donations. As a creative solution, Proximity and MediaMonks produced Hope Locker: a digital kit that fits inside existing swimming-pool lockers to raise money and awareness for WaterAid. Hope Locker is equipped with an interactive display that tracks how long people swim. Upon their return, it shows the sobering reality of children who died because of drinking dirty water in the same timeframe. With this new poignant perspective, swimmers are asked if they’re willing to donate their deposit to the cause.

To piece this production together, we worked hands-on with Proximity in London to develop their concept into a fully functional product. We designed a prototype using a 3D printer and software, creating a self-contained product that connects the mechanics of the lock to an Android application. The key challenge was rebuilding the coin-collection system so that it triggered the application to either store or return the coin depending upon the swimmer’s choice. Pushing further than an experimental installation, Hope Locker presents a new kind of consumer product that can be applied in a variety of locker scenarios that go beyond swimming pools and clean water.

WATERAID: HOPE LOCKER

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