The Indian government’s Patent Office has granted a patent to a team from MS University for their innovative furniture design.
Dr Sarjoo Patel, Khyati Trivedi, and Fatema Dahodwala, three inventors from the Faculty of Family and Community Sciences (FFCS), have created a joint bed design with an attached partition set with the safety of people residing in dorm rooms and hostels for various educational purposes during pandemic times in mind.
“The design was focused on controlling physical touch, to curb the spread of Covid-19 by placing partition unit which divides the space and provides safety and an untouched environment,” said Patel, assistant professor at the Department of Family and Community Resource Management at FFCS and associate director of post graduate diploma in hotel interiors.
In the same department, Trivedi and Dahodwala both work as temporary teaching assistants. “The design has a flip-down study desk supported by an MS foldable angle bracket, a cork board with a wooden frame to pin crucial papers or other documents, and wooden corner ledges attached with the unit for storage,” she said.
The bed is composed of metal and has open storage underneath for personal items. She claimed that the complete bed and partition unit was created to be simple to clean and sterilise, take up little room, and provide everyone with their own rooms.
The architecture of the unit is special in that it makes it easier to maintain social distance and prevent physical contact between guests while taking up less room.
According to Patel, the set’s overall estimated cost is between Rs 22,000 and Rs 25,000. “The design will be proposed to the university hostels, dormitories, and guest houses as the material used in the design is easily available, it is low in maintenance and cost, as well as being aesthetically appealing,” he said.
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