Foot-powered washing machine cleans up with major award

August 19, 2015

Photo taken at Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Discovery conference, April 29, 2015.

Drumi, the foot-powered washing machine designed by Yi Jiang (BDes, Industrial Design, 2013), has been awarded $3,500 from the James Dyson Foundation. Drumi came in first out of 65 Canadian applicants. Now, the ingenious device will move on to the international portion of the competition, along with 100 finalists from 20 countries.

Drumi, which has gone viral in the past few months, started out as Jiang’s thesis project. It’s designed for small spaces such as RVs, apartments and off-grid living. Yirego, Jiang’s company, is being developed at the Imagination Catalyst incubator at OCAD U. The university’s hub for entrepreneurship and commercialization with a mission to develop emerging businesses among OCAD U faculty, students and alumni, is supported by Ontario’s Campus Linked Accelerator (CLA) program, managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). The James Dyson Award is an international design competition open to university students or recent graduates who studied product design, industrial design or engineering. It was established by James Dyson, a British inventor who developed the Dyson bagless vacuum cleaner. This year's competition attracted 690 entries.

The international winner, to be announced in November, will receive $45,000 for the team and $7,500 for their university.

In addition to the James Dyson Award, the Drumi has won awards including the Rocket 12th 2013 Annual Design Competition: Best in Category, the 2014 Canadian Design Resource: Best Canadian Design of 2014, and the 2013 Sustainable Design Award: Grand Prize.

This story was provided by OCAD University.