Toolbox for lotus pickup & Lotus Processing Machine
Designed by Tsou,Wen Ru、Lin,Yan Guo
2018 Thesis Design for Department of Industrial Design
National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
Toolbox for lotus pickup
Lotus is the main economic crop in Baihe, Taiwan. Due to the country’s aging population and rural-urban migration, a shortage of workers has severely impacted the lotus industry. Since elderly farmers need to retrieve the lotus from the mud, they may trip and fall from losing their balance. Moreover, they need to use two hands to separate the stem from the lotus and have to hold the seedpod at the same time. Therefore, they may frequently drop the sickle. For this reason, the design adds a walking-aid to the toolbox for lotus pickup and simplifies the process of removing the lotus at the same time. There are two parts in the design. First, the design places the cutter at the bottom of crutch, and thus users can maintain their balance to cut the lotus stem by hooking it up. Second, the traditional Taiwanese texture is used for “Gagia”, meaning the bag, and the blade is added at the front, thereby allowing the user to cut the stem down with one hand and let the seedpod drop into the bag. The side of the bag is designed well to nestle the body, and thus the farmer can work easier in the field.
Lotus Processing Machine
Lotus is the main economic crop in Baihe, Taiwan, which accounts for two-thirds of the country’s lotus production. The price of lotus seeds is very high, because lotus processing involves a lot of labor cost. In order to meet all the difficulties, this design combined lotus seed shelling and peeling in one unit – the Lotus Processing Machine. All the users have to do is put the lotus seedpod on the elastic net and press the lotus nozzle down. The lotus seed will roll down and be peeled by the next processing step. This design makes the previously complicated procedure much easier, increases profit, and improves the local industry, thus encouraging the young Taiwanese generation to return to their hometowns.