This IDE project was a brief from Virgin Galactic to prototype a conceptual Space Hotel. We were given one of the more challenging rooms, the bathroom. The technical problems involved with using a toilet in space means that currently astronauts have to be strapped in to an unfriendly device involving tubes and suction to use the toilet. We put forward the idea that an ergonomic design that would allow the user to hold themselves in place with their legs and feet might be a more natural and friendly experience. We made a foam rig designed to be shaped as a unisex toilet and tested it by holding it in place while in a variety of positions.
The completed bathroom design included a sink and shower which have moisture secreting technology to allow for zero gravity washing, and wall coverings with handles for maneuverability.