"Four elements" - fridge organizer with braille inscription

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"Four elements" - fridge organizer with braille inscription by RDen Nov 24, 2014


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"Four elements" is a new system for fridge organization allowing easy
access to all items placed on narrow shelves and designed with special
thought of the visually impaired.

With "Four elements" you are just a simple turn away from easily
reaching everything on the shelve.
The system consists of 4 containers building a perfect circle
which is the inspiration for the name. Also instead of naming
the containers with different types of food,
engraved icons for the classical four elements (earth,
air, water and fire) are used leaving the choice of what goes where
completely to the user. In addition each of the containers has
engraved in braille letters the words earth, air, water and fire which
match the icons.

The plate is ergonomically shaped to allow easy access to the
container for pulling them out or placing them back in.

The access to the items you need has never been easier, forget about
the issues when trying to get something from the back of the rack,
just turn and get what you need.

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Convex vs. Inscription. inscribed braille is unfortunately not braille. Unlike a text based system where the shape is defined by the letter based on contrast, braille is completely dependent on the tactile rise of the dots. I've seen many designs using cylinders for braille, including a customizer app, and unfortunately this is also not braille. The cylinder is readable, but the ability for the finger to glide across the surface is very different when you use a semi-sphere. Braille should always be embossed on a surface and should always, at least at this time according to most authorities, be made using semi-spheres.

Adding braille inscriptions was literally a last minute idea, so yeah apparently not enough research...

Thank you for the constructive critic, @jaqtikkun, I'll try to correct the inscriptions as soon as I can.
I think convex semi spheres wouldn't be problematic for 3d printing.

Looks nice, but circe container in cubic frige its just waste of space.
Braille labels - good, but better if convex.
Anyway - designer are cute :-)

Hi Ghiotto and thanks for the comment!
I would like to explain more fully the idea of the organizer:
The volume of the cylindrical shape that has been used is with 22% ( 2 liters) smaller
than the volume of a cube that would fit in the same space.
But thanks to the rotation function you don't need to waste space above
(which would be more than 22%) for reaching for the containers behind.
Also if you choose to hold different kinds of snacks, berries etc. you can
use the organizer for serving where to be able to rotate the thing will be fun.
You are right that the braille inscriptions are usually convex, but as this object
is for 3D printing I thought that the overhanging parts of the convex inscriptions may cause problems.

Discussion? Okay :-)))
Well, i think you loose space twice, when circle in cubic frige and when you trying to put some squared into container.
Maybe some hexagonallike bee cells? It could be rotated too, i think...
As to braille dots - its possible to make cylindrical holes and small pins to insert to. It can be in another color even. Also elements icons.
Anyway i need to say - good quality design wich not often

Dec 7, 2014 - Modified Dec 7, 2014
RDen - in reply to Ghiotto

In order to maintain the rotating of the tool the shape has to fit in circle (in this case cylinder)
and every inscribed shape will have smaller volume than the original cylinder.

I like u

OKay-Okay! Ur the best :-)

Well I'm not, but of course I just can't leave my creation undefended :-)

Looks pretty awesome, I would definitely like to try it out.