Water Trotter: Testing & Redesign
Our testing process will be mostly composed of taking qualitative data from our prototype’s functionality and seeing what changes need to be made to bring it to its maximum potential. We plan on testing the transportation element of the product in various locations, all with the most geographic convenience possible including: uphill slopes, downhill slopes, curved roads, inconsistent terrain, wooded areas, and mud. Our team intends to test the water purification system with a water purity chemical testing kit. We hypothesize that we will make a successful prototype that will make water transportation and purification easier to help solve the food-related problem of water-borne illness, but design iteration essential to the invention process.
To be more specific, we will have each of our team members maneuver the water trotter through various terrains to gage the difficulty people of different strength levels have, and ultimately determine how to minimize excess strain. Because our design is likely to be used by women and children, this step will be crucial in our development of the Water Trotter. We will also communicate with our contact, an expert on Gojo who, over the course of years, has spent many months there. He will help us assess, test, and redesign our product keeping in mind the experience of transporting water and those who have to transport water every day in rural towns. To assess the effectiveness of our UV light purification system we will use a purity test kit. We will complete these tests after filling the water trotter with water from a nearby pond, and walking it around for the average length of a water trek.
After collecting all of the data necessary, our team will assess the problems with our design and address them as necessary. Our two main worries for the water trotter are the maneuverability and water purification. After our thorough testing process, though, we will redesign to whatever level necessary to omit all worries about functionality.