So this is a new one for me: a proposed eco-feedback tool that appears to work on the premise that you might want to avoid discomfort (i.e. punishment), around the consumption of water. This would be for the people not easily swayed by the likes of water consumption tools such as Show me or Eco Showerdrop. The Eco Drop shower (yes, there seems to be a death of clever branding ideas in the realm of shower devices) is a concept design by Tommaso Colia, and appears to have been proposed as part of the Core 77 “Greener Gadgets” Competition.
The premise is simple enough: the shower floor is a smooth surface, until you’ve spent too much time under the water… at that point the surface changes as concentric circles, meant to convey the waves of falling water droplets, rise from the floor in order to make things too uncomfortable to continue. There seems to be a gradual, four stage shift in the floor – from “kinda bumpy” to something that might feel like tectonic plates shifting into mountain range under your arches.
What is not clear is what constitutes “too long” or how the floor changes it’s shape. I would also be slightly uncomfortable with the starting stage of this device, namely a very smooth, and likely very slippery shower floor surface. As we know, concepts such as these are frequently less “blueprint” and more “point of departure” and the point of departure here is decidedly different from others that I’m looked at thus far.