Dryver is a mobile water fountain that harvests ambient humidity and turns it into drinkable water. It is able to move around public places and dispense water to people around.
Hamburg-based speculative design practice Studio Ron- nenberg asked me to help them design a robot for the 2017 London Design Week.
They wanted me to come up with a design story that would turn their technical package (pictured here) into
a more tangible object that would help communicate and promote their mobile fountain concept. The con- cepts needed to be cheap to fabricate with parts easy to source.
I proposed three concepts aimed at turning the abstract and technical-looking hardware into a self-explanatory, fun, and engaging object.

For the first proposition, Digital Oasis, I wanted the mobile water fountain to look like a mobile oasis. Instead of hoping to reach an oasis, the oasis comes to you.
I also thought it was interesting to challenge expectations of what a robot should look like.

iRiver, the second concept, was to dress the water bot with water.
The blue grill panels overlayed on the sides create a moire? effect as Dryver rides by, thus symbolising the flow of water. The grill also lets the technical components partially visible to the audience, while evenly dressing and unifying Dryver’s appearance. Below is a video that helps visualise the flow effect achieved by the moiré overlap o the grills.

The water bot is mainly based on the principle of water condensation, a phenomenon that is omnipresent in nature: the condensation of clouds into rain. The third concept, Automatic Cloud, aims at visually depicting this phenomenon.
A small cloud manifested by a furry body contains the condensation unit, which turns ambient humidity into water drops that fall out of the cloud and fill the container below to symbolise rain.
This was the final idea retained by Ronnenberg Studio.