SANYO's Child-safe Fan, Model: EF-30SS(W)

Child-safe Fan

SANYO's Child-safe Fan, Model: EF-30SS(W)

This child-safe fan called “TouchStop”¬†from SANYO will automatically stop when the metallic fan grill is being touched by hand.

Although this fan equips with touch-sensor, it unmistakably looks and works the same as any typical household fan. However, this small auto-stop modification deals with a very common child behavior of playing with an operating fan. Parents are always trying to educate their kids not to play with fan, but I doubt that any kid would listen to the warning and hold their curiosity. (There are studies about EQ of children, including this interesting TEDtalk “Don’t eat the marshmallow yet“)

So instead of forcing kids NOT to play with potentially dangerous items, why don’t we modify the design to adapt to human behavior?

Interestingly, next to it is another solution created by Dyson (http://www.dyson.co.jp/fans/) which eliminates the propeller all together, making it impossible to hurt the curious young ones. They call it The Dyson Air Multiplier:

Dyson Air Multipliers

See the Sanyo TouchStop fan in action:

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Calvin C. Chan

Hello there, I'm Calvin Chun-yu Chan. I started my career as a server-side system engineer, and gradually developing interest and expertise as an UI/UX designer. I also do illustration part-time. I believe design is in everything: whether it's communicating with people, designing products, or cooking a delicious meal. I like to keep things simple, be thoughtful in details, and use visual and humour to express myself.

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