Sagar Ashok Jage, a diploma holder in Automobile Engineering and B.E. in Mechanical Engineering has come up with an innovative finger wiper for helmets. Sagar, who has great interest in Product and Transportation Design, has developed the new device entirely by himself. If successful in application, the new accessory may be of tremendous use to thousands of avid bikers who love riding in the wet weather.
A brief introduction
Finger wiper is a small and simple product designed for wiping water from helmet visor while riding through rain. It is so designed that even the mud water also gets wiped off from the visor and the visor becomes clear allowing proper vision to the rider.
Concept design & testing
Sagar used to travel by bike everyday from Badlapur to Thane for work. Distance is around 40 kilometers. One day he was on his way to office and it started raining heavily. Sagar was not able to ride properly as mud particles were constantly getting splashed on his visor thanks to the slush sprayed by trucks and cars. At that time Sagar noticed that he was continuously wiping his visor by his left hand. That was a Eureka moment for him.
At first Sagar planned to fabricate a hand glove with wiping material on it. But soon he realized that such an accessory would be difficult to manufacture and costly too. Many people don’t like to use hand gloves, few already have it and they will not buy another one only for rainy season. Keeping all those points and the preferences of the stingy Indian user in mind, Sagar felt the product should be portable, easy to manufacture and most importantly, cheap.
Then I came up with the concept of ‘Finger Wiper’. Finger wiper is so designed that you just have to mount it on your finger and you can use it on your existing hand gloves too. Because of its simple design it’s easy and cheap to manufacture.
For testing, Sagar needed a sample so he bought a car windscreen wiper, took its rubber part, cut it, attached elastic, hand stitched it and made two sample pieces at home. One he used and tested it for a few days, he gave a sample to his friend to test it.
After testing the product, Sagar realized that the product was working very nicely and cleaning the visor properly. He also got good feedback from his friends who used the product. He concluded that his design was working successfully and started using it daily. While using the product, he realized that if his design is working so well, then why not let other riders benefit from this product. So Sagar along with his two Mechanical Engineer friends Tejas Paldhe & Pravin Dalvi started an engineering consultancy and planned to manufacture this product and sell in market.
Here we have more specific details about the product, including price described by Sagar and team
• Simple Design – Easy to mount and easy to use.
• Best quality rubber – long life and not harmful to visor.
• Adjustable – Can be mounted on any size of finger.
• Perfect Design – Clears water from visor properly and even wash out mud particles.
• Low cost – Affordable to every biker.
• Flexible – Do not create problem to finger while pressing clutch lever.
• Portable – Can be kept in pocket or with bike keys.
• Light in weight – Negligible efforts required to use.
• Can be used for any type of helmet or visor.
• Can be used for Car mirrors and specks also.
How to use
Mount it on left hand index finger no matter whether you are left handed or right handed as it is easy to leave the clutch than accelerator. Mount it in such a way that its wiping edge is parallel to ground. While using it, slightly bend your finger, wipe the water and enjoy your ride even if it’s raining.
In testing sample we use elastic to mount wiper on finger, but is become so tight that it stops blood circulation of finger. To overcome this we used combination of Velcro & elastic so that we can adjust tightness of elastic and can be easily mounted on different size of fingers of different people.
We planned to manufacture 500 pieces, but for this we cannot buy car wiper for rubber as this will cost us much more. And after cutting finishing was also bad, so we decided to make new design of rubber wiper as per our requirement. Then we designed die for rubber molding and get it manufactured from one vendor.
For stitching Velcro on elastic we were not getting any vendor as it was very small job, so my mother helped me for this and around 300 pieces we stitched at my home. After few days we mate one person for this work and he agreed to do at lower rate.
We lost so much time in manufacturing that we didn’t got time for proper packaging design and quantity was also less so we decided to pack it in small polyethylene bag with our company details and instructions paper in it.
Sales & Marketing
Now everything was ready and our product was ready to hit market. We decided to approach bike accessories shops and people who sell products on petrol pumps and local trains.
We thought it would be easy to sell like this. But, people selling in local trains and petrol pumps refused to sell our product because there profit margin was less and it was new product so they felt no one will buy this product.
Some shopkeepers took sample product but there was no response from anyone. We designed this product mid of monsoon and took lots of time to manufacture. So now monsoon was about to end and we wanted to sell our product. So we decided to sell this product directly to end user. For this we used to go on petrol pumps and signals every evening after our office and sell the wipers. In this way we sold many pieces in and around thane. Then we used social networking site like Facebook and this also helped us lot. And finally we successfully sold around 250 pieces in Mumbai, Thane and Pune.
Where is it available
Till now it’s not available at any shop. My consultancy Pioneers Engineering solutions manufactured & sold those wipers last year on petrol pumps in Thane. And this year also we are going to sell this items at signals and petrol pumps in Thane, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai. This year we are also planning to sell through different distributers in different cities.
Problem is people are not aware about our product so distributors are not interested to keep our product and we have to go on petrol pumps.
Last year we sold the wiper at Rs 40/- per piece.
This year we are going to do mass production and change packaging, so there may be a difference in price. It’s not yet fixed but we are planning to sell at rs 50/- (Retail price) this year.
How to get it
To get this product one can call
Sagar – 9890523152
Tejas – 9029819150
Or mail at