The one-handed tape dispenser designed for satisfiable sticking
This is the “ON” tape dispense, which makes the experience of dispensing tame feel almost digital-like using a computer mouse or something.
Tape dispensers are a bit of an enigma in the design world. They are like the Rubik’s cube of D&T glasses that ask students how to redesign what is pretty much a basic office product. Just google “tape dispenser” and you’ll see how their unsatisfying form and clunky function inspire so many evolutions.
It’s because tape dispensers aren’t smooth or sleek enough to look at or use. It’s one of the few desktop conveniences that require two hands and these hands just contaminate the material with fingerprints.
Amongst all the reinvented dispensers that surface online, we think we have found a prototype that’s up there with the best of them. It’s called ‘ON’ and it’s a super convenient and compact handheld device that lets users dispense, fasten and cut tape using just one hand.
The design utilizes a two-hole dispenser located on the base of the product. The first hole keeps the tape bonded and pressed to a rubber pad, which users can place on the area that needs taping and dispense the tape in one uninterrupted and continuous flow.
The second hole is linked to a switch on the top of the device, which users can handle to release a blade and cut the tape when necessary. This way, the user doesn’t have to use their second hand or use their teeth, which can be an inconvenience when using traditional tape dispensers or single tape rolls.
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It was created by a team of Korean designers that go by the name of Fountain Studio. The group comprises a design network and platform promoting the work of young graduates and lesser-known innovators.
“We conducted various experiments to design dispensers optimized for users,” explains the studio. “From basic form factors to functional areas, we developed the process to create the most convenient yet comfortable design.”
Aside from the obvious innovation, the ON tape dispenser uses a similar system for refilling and dispensing the tape. New rolls slot into the body and roll along as the tape is used—to make it easier, there is a narrow slot in the side of the dispenser to reveal how much tape is left.
The ON dispenser is just a prototype right now but it’s an impressive one, and if someone’s going to use plastic to create a new product, it should be something with as many marked improvements as this one. If you find a better one, please get in touch.
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