The idea all came into a reality during a transatlantic flight when a fellow female traveler complained the inventor about the filthy bathroom floor and wished she could pee like men. The floor was so messy that pulling down the pants means getting them dirty too. The toilet-seat, of course, can be cleaned with toilet paper and covered with disposable toilet-seat paper or toilet paper itself; so it wasn’t a problem but how about pulling your trouser to make use of the toilet?
According to a flight attendant: “the water on the floor is not just ordinary water. During long flights, the lavatory is not thoroughly disinfected which is the main reason for this. That’s gross!” Basically, the real problem is: How clean is the bathroom floor? Your clothes have the tendency of gathering harmful germs and bacteria from the floor! You cannot clean the entire floor! And that was how the idea of having a woman-friendly fly opening on trousers came into existence.
Design and Prototype Evolution
This project is a culmination of nearly 3 years of research and development, involving multi-ethnic users by trial and error. After each trial and testing, we went back to the drawing board to redesign the product “AJ” and improve it for better ergonomics, comfort and style. Below are the photos showing the evolution in “AJ” design progressively.
The Very First Aielowu Jeannie Prototype 1.0
Aielowu Jeannie Prototype Version 3.0 – Front View
During the trials of using the initial prototypes, the users suggested getting rid of the special front opening panties and asked for provisions to attach panty liners instead. Also, the wide V-shape of the flap in the front was perceived as a diaper by some ;-)! Thus the product AJ got evolved to correct these issues among others.
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