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          My goal with my research was to understand what are the reasons behind people not being prepared for disasters, what it takes to survive a hazardous threat, what needs must be fulfilled to survive an extended period of time, what items are essential in a survival kit, and what are the advantages and disadvantages to living in different regions of the United States. Additionally, I hoped to understand any underlying issues as to why disasters occur and the warning signs leading up to mass chaos. I started by documenting my own experiences with preparing for disasters and what I have lying around the house in order to create my own survival kit while considering things like; what items are essential to my safety, what dry pantry goods have long shelf life, how much space does each object take up, how can I prolong the life and usage of each necessity, and how easy is it to access my items during a time of need? Furthermore I documented how long of a process it takes to seek safety and what resources do I have to escape danger.
         I needed to better grasp the extent of the problem/opportunity, and what aid already exists to ensure safety during a disaster situation. I searched the internet to find peer-reviewed journals, diaries from victims of displacement, and read risk studies for hazardous situations through my library and google scholar. I then developed an online survey to see what precautions members of my community take to prepare for when disaster strikes. I interviewed the survivalist culture so I can further understand what they believe is necessary to stay safe during a crisis. Additionally, I held two interviews with a FEMA crisis responder and a National Red Cross Manager to see what they believe is crucial for survival until rescue. My goal was to get their recommendations on what to pack in a disaster ready kit/bag. I then conducted market research to see what already exists for people to use and furthermore I took a look at DIY prep kits that people were creating for themselves. Finally, after designing a series of my own concepts and form studies, I crafted scale mock-up models that helped me test capacity for resources. I purchased every object that I found would be necessary for a disaster kit, and tested many different ways on how each object would fit best inside of a small and compact container. Furthermore, I took apart lanterns and similar push flashlights on the market to see how their circuit boards and bulbs were wired. Additionally, I did the same thing with existing hand crank radios.
          Based on my market research, there are many products that exist to enhance a user’s ability to sustain themselves during a disastrous situation. The only issue is that there is a gap in the market for inexpensive disaster kits that cover all communication, hydration, hygiene, first-aid, and safety needs for a prolonged period. That being said, most disaster preparation kits are designed for family home use, not individual on-the-go situations. Existing kits are too large to transport often due to capacity of resources. Most kits on the market are easily recognizable as emergency kits, but are an aesthetic eye-sore for residential living. These kits visually appear to be durable based on sharp design language and use of tactile material. VIVEL2go has a slender and compact design that can be easily transported without compromising the amount of resources available inside the vessel. The finish is aesthetically pleasing and does not incorporate loud colors such as red and orange that are most often used in emergency kits. Instead, a more muted blue color is used not only to please the eye, but it is a gender fluid design choice for anyone to use. The appearance considers at home use as well as on-the-go. The idea is to have the VIVEL kit on the person at all times, so a bogged down appearance would make the user less likely to utilize it in their day-to-day lives. VIVEL2go not only is a disaster prep kit, but it can sit in a room and simultaneously blend within the user’s lifestyle.
          The intended user for this product is anyone in need of a disaster plan. Throughout my research, I came to see that many people throughout the United States are not prepared to tackle the aftermath of an unexpected, emergency situation. And for those that do have a plan established, it is only accounted for their at-home life. What happens when the user is on-the-go and no longer within the vicinity of their prepared supplies? VIVEL2go makes it easier to always stay prepared to tackle any situation. The intuitive design considers multi-functionality that caters to necessities like communication, first-aid, and personal safety. The simple interface allows ease of use when the user is in a panicked emotional state. There have been many times where I received the smallest paper cut, but did not have the supplies to bandage myself up. Now, with VIVEL2go, the user will have the ability to always carry a portable first aid kit on them along with a flash light and radio that comes attached. The six-inch design allows for users to easily toss the vessel in a bag, in their car, or in their desk drawer to ensure their safety at all periods of time. Disaster prepping just became convenient. This low-cost design also considers users of all demographics as disastrous situations can occur to anyone.
          VIVEL2go comes with three main components. Together as one sleek, portable, vessel design, but separate as a push flashlight, personal safety kit, and hand crank radio. The top component, the push flashlight, utilizes LED bulbs to illuminate an area for an extended period of time. Existing, miniature, power circuit boards are used in addition to watch batteries to trigger the light response once the surface area is pushed into an engaged position. The main component, the personal safety kit, utilizes existing products such as 12 ply surgical gauze and triple antibiotic ointment. The pocket knife is a play off of the smaller Swift Army design. All safety components have original package designs that come with VIVEL2go. The last component, the hand crank radio, uses a miniature,  nesting crank design, featuring a swivel axis for ultimate power. The energy of the crank is transferred to an existing radio power circuit board design. This PCB also transmits electromagnetic waves through the inner antenna to carry a programed signal that has the ability to connect to local radio stations. Each component screws into each other with an existing spiral, screw-top thread and the sealing neck finish.
          Two key manufacturing methods used in the production of VIVEL2go are extrusion and injection molding. The main body of VIVEL utilizes the extrusion of aluminum. Outer casings of the components are aluminum injection molded. Smaller components such as the hand crank and knobs are ABS injection molded plastic. The aluminum material is used in consideration to weather conditions and protects against damage from disaster residues such as moisture, fire, and disease ecology. The smooth, iodized finish is for an aesthetic appearance that is recognizable as an object for relief and resilience, but does not scream “emergency kit”.  For a lower cost version, color finish would not be incorporated into the design. Manufacturing considers the use of resources by using methods that would use little material as possible. After much consideration and alterations leading to the final design, I believe that extruding aluminum and injection molding techniques would be most beneficial for material properties and cost to consumer. Originally, I was wanting to utilize recycled plastic sourced out of the United States as the body of my vessel, but I could not give up weatherproofing qualities that are essential to the survival kit. The lifecycle of this product should be long lasting as the material used is durable and able to handle extreme conditions. After resources in the personal safety kit are used up, additional supplies can be purchased and stored back inside the container for continuous use. The design of the screw-top thread and the sealing neck finish uses male and female parts so that additional middle component containers could be purchased and screwed on to house even more resources that the user might feel are necessary to their disaster kits.

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