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Project Information / Information sur le projet
Possible technologies involved / Technologies possibles impliquées: Laser cutting, machining, microcontroller
Project Type / Type de projet : General
Expected project cost / Coût prévu du projet cost: $100
Project background / Contexte du projet
The Period Project is an initiative to offer free environmentally friendly menstrual products to the uOttawa community. Since it's launch in the Fall of 2021, 7 dispensers  have been installed in washrooms around campus. They are currently trialing two different dispenser companies, Aunt Flow and Joni. They have yet to find a dispenser model that is perfect for their needs. 

Your task is to design a dispenser with the following features:
  • Very durable
  • Have a way to lock the dispenser but that is easy to open for volunteers to refill
  • Accessibility-friendly
  • A good size that could hold at least 50 pads or tampons 
Nice to have:
  • Has a delayed dispense feature to slow down the speed that someone can take multiple products
  • A way the dispenser counts the number of products dispensed
  • A way to adjust the size of the cartridges that hold the products to be able to fit different types and brands of products at different times. 

Past attempts / Tentatives précédentes
There has been no previous attempt to solving this problem. / Il n'y a pas de tentatives précédentes pour résoudre ce problème.

Period Project
Jan 7 2023