Presentation Title

Zero-Emission Smart Bathing Apparatus to Improve General Health and Hygiene

Faculty Mentor

Sagil James

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 9:30 AM

Location

162

Session

poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, an estimated 130,000 Americans experienced homelessness in California alone. This consists of over 10,000 veterans and over 12,000 unaccompanied young adults. Besides the given statistics, more people are continuously being forced to leave their homes and live in their vehicles due to the increasing cost of living in California. Without a stable living space, the lack of resources becomes detrimental to basic health and hygiene. To combat these humanitarian issues created by the epidemic of homelessness, our team aims to design a smart, environmentally-friendly bathing mobile unit. The goal of the project is to make basic hygiene accessible and attainable for the homeless population as well as for people living in camps or remote areas. In addition to providing good hygiene, the showering apparatus consists of features to reduce a person’s carbon footprint by using solar heating in a reusable water system. The personal hygiene unit will include a solar energy harvesting vessel to heat the water for a comfortable shower. Moreover on being a zero-emission system, the design of the project includes custom-built, self-sustaining pumping unit to emulate the functionality of a typical shower. The apparatus also integrates a smart filter to capture contaminated water and pump it through an efficient filtration system. The portability of the apparatus would attract a wide range of people, ranging from those who are going camping to the less fortunate who do not have easy access to cleanse themselves. The apparatus is expected to minimize the possibility of contracting illness due to lack of hygiene. The proposed technology is expected to be a breakthrough in California’s efforts to assist in a clean and sustainable environment by also preventing a water drought.

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Zero-Emission Smart Bathing Apparatus to Improve General Health and Hygiene

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According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, an estimated 130,000 Americans experienced homelessness in California alone. This consists of over 10,000 veterans and over 12,000 unaccompanied young adults. Besides the given statistics, more people are continuously being forced to leave their homes and live in their vehicles due to the increasing cost of living in California. Without a stable living space, the lack of resources becomes detrimental to basic health and hygiene. To combat these humanitarian issues created by the epidemic of homelessness, our team aims to design a smart, environmentally-friendly bathing mobile unit. The goal of the project is to make basic hygiene accessible and attainable for the homeless population as well as for people living in camps or remote areas. In addition to providing good hygiene, the showering apparatus consists of features to reduce a person’s carbon footprint by using solar heating in a reusable water system. The personal hygiene unit will include a solar energy harvesting vessel to heat the water for a comfortable shower. Moreover on being a zero-emission system, the design of the project includes custom-built, self-sustaining pumping unit to emulate the functionality of a typical shower. The apparatus also integrates a smart filter to capture contaminated water and pump it through an efficient filtration system. The portability of the apparatus would attract a wide range of people, ranging from those who are going camping to the less fortunate who do not have easy access to cleanse themselves. The apparatus is expected to minimize the possibility of contracting illness due to lack of hygiene. The proposed technology is expected to be a breakthrough in California’s efforts to assist in a clean and sustainable environment by also preventing a water drought.