Assignment 7


For this weeks assignment I started by developing the Pugh Chart for the five ideas I worked with last week:
1. Heater Glove.
2. Sensor Glove.
3. Wearable Mitten Pockets.
4. Heat Ball.
5. iPhone Heating Cover.

My evaluation criteria was the following:
The feasibility of the product.
How unique this product is?
Market opportunity.
Am I interested in the product?
Is it a good application of my strength?


After this chart and after looking back at the survey from last week, I had two ideas left:
1. Wearable Mitten Pockets.
2. iPhone Heating Cover.

To decide what is the product that would fit in this project, I went back to the beginning of the assignment and reread my problem statement:

People need a way to keep their hands warm without sacrificing any of their real hand features because they want to have full control over their hands to be able to do everything they would without a mitten/glove.

and I think that the second idea (iPhone Heating Cover) would be a closer match to this problem statement.

Also, going back to the survey from Assignment 3 all my participants were worried about using their phone in winter!
And from my observations over the past few weeks I have noticed that most people take off their mittens/gloves to use their phones even though their glove might have "smart fingers"!
So I think that using your phone is very crucial those days, to either text, call, lookup directions, find the right bus stop, or choose a song for your ipod!
Therefore, I choose the iPhone Heating Cover idea.
This idea is not exclusive to iPhone.

Here is a quick sketch of the product:


I have also designed a little poster for the final product crit:


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Assignment 6


Market Potential:
After selecting 10 product ideas from my previous posts, I used mechanicalturk from Amazon to survey 20 person about my 10 ideas..
I had simple description of the ideas and two simple questions:
Will you buy this? How much would you pay for it?
I also started by asking where are you from?
Participants were from all over the states (NY, CA, MN, IN, PA..)

I was surprised that 20 person answered my survey within 5-6 minutes!! but I am not really sure how truthful the answers are.

After analyzing the answers I received, I selected the following:

1. Heater Glove: The glove gets heat from your phone.
2. Sensor Glove: Senses the weather and generate heat according to the weather.
3. Wearable Mitten Pocket: A pocket that de-attach from your coat to be a pair of mitten.
4. Heat Ball: A ball that generate heat as you squeeze it.
5. iPhone Cover Heater: An iPhone cover that generate heat when you need it to keep you hand warm as you text or talk over the phone.

(images of all the above ideas are in my previous post)
[Assignment 5]

Here is a chart of the prices estimated by the people I surveyed:


Novel Potential:
I looked up Amazon and other online shops for similar products to compare and to look up market opportunities..

1. Heater Glove:


2. Sensor Glove:
Compared to another product (Portable charger).

3. Wearable Mitten Pocket:
Compared to another product (Mittens).


4. Heat Ball:

Compared to another product (Hand Warmers).


5. iPhone Cover Heater:

Compared to another product (Portable charger).



Heater Glove [LINK]
Sensor Glove [LINK]
Wearable Mitten Pockets [LINK]
Heat Ball [LINK]
iPhone Cover Heater [LINK]


Heater Glove:
It is possible and fairly easy to work on this ideas because there are many other similar products in the market. My challenge would about making it very different and significant! Also, when charging the glove through the phone it is consuming its battery so I should be aware of limiting the energy used in the glove.
The rough cost of the pair of gloves is $15

Sensor Glove:
My challenge in this product would be finding a sensor system that would work correctly on this glove.
The rough cost of the pair of gloves is $13

Wearable Mitten Pocket:
This is one of the simplest ideas and really easy to do. However, the challenge might be in the design. How can I make it a piece that warms your hands, yet adds to your look!
The rough cost of the pair of gloves is $5

Heat Ball:
There are similar ideas to the Heat Ball. I think my challenge here is how to make it really significant! and add a play side to it to make it fun to use.
The rough cost of the pair of gloves is $6

iPhone Cover Heater:
I think this is the most successful idea I came up with!
Since the people I survey for this assignment mainly talked about the limitation of using their phone when its cold.
It is a new idea I couldn't find similar products online! so I believe it has a really good opportunity out there.
The rough cost of the pair of gloves is $10

Assignment 5

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Using more structured methods for "brainstorming" and coming up with new ideas I summarize my finding to this post...


Bellow are ideas generated by the SCAMPER method:


Substitute: Substitute gloves with another product that would still have the same function (keep hands warm).


Combine: Combine gloves + sweater!


Adapt: Design gloves that adapt to the weather conditions.


Modify/Magnify: Add a solar energy system to generate heat which will increase the frequency of its use.


Modify/Magnify: Exaggerate producing heat by adding a heater into the glove.


Eliminate: This was a little tricky! it is hard to eliminate things from a simple glove! so I decided to eliminate all the fingers.


Put to another use: Create another function for the glove when it is not used to warm hands!


Put to another use: same concept as above.


I have worked with both TILMAX and HIT matrix to come up with more ideas and here are my two selected ideas:





Here are ideas I selected and slightly refined from the brainstorming session:



Ideas Gallery:


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While selecting the most interesting 10 ideas, I realized that the most productive phase of my process "so far" was the blue sky idea generating methods.
It was more challenging to think with structured methods. I found that most ideas I came up while using this method were very practical and not necessarily creative or new!

This wasn't my favorite assignment :)!

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Creative problem solving!


Assignment 4


Reaching out 4 people was challenging at first! to get four people in one place for an hour ! but I managed to start the brainstorming session Saturday night!

Eman, Graphic Designer
Reem, Interior Designer
Abdulrahman, Interior Designer
Danah, Nutritionist
I acted as both a facilitator and idea generator with the team.

Unfortunately, one of my participants canceled an hour before the exercise! but she emailed me the list of ideas she prepared for this session. [PDF]

I introduced both problem statements at first, and I wanted my participants to brainstorm both ideas together. Since both problem statement are related, I wanted my participants to think about both simultaneously to be inspired by each others.

P.S #1: How might we design mitten/gloves that would keep hand warm...
P.S #2: How might we keep our hands warm in winter...

I divided the brainstorming session to the following:

- warm-up game: stare at each others and a person blink at another person, if you get a blink, you should pass it to someone else! and while passing blinks the number increases (start with one blink, then two blinks, then three..etc).
The idea is to warm-up and make sure that everyone is paying attention to where the blink is and how many blinks we reached!

- 20 minute of general brainstorming.
- 10 minutes of negative brainstorming (worst ideas).
- 10 minutes of rolestorming.
- 5 minutes categorizing.
- 5 minutes evaluating.

It was really interesting to see how the participants developed ideas!
At first, I was a little worried about "how serious" they will be taking this assignment. I mean in class we have been practicing "freeing" our minds for a while, so brainstorming with my classmates was very easy and each one seemed to know the level of "seriousness" we were excepted to have!
I started with talking about my problem statement and my approach to this project, then I described to them briefly the brainstorming technique we will be using. I emphasized on thinking out of the box and thinking silly.


I noticed that each idea inspire the other, it started with some "more practical" ideas. Then as I joined and added very silly ideas, they felt more comfortable with thinking out of the box.



By the end, it was really fun to see all the ideas on the wall!



After categorization each one of us had 3 starts from each color to evaluate the ideas on the wall.


And after categorizing and evaluating, we decided that the second problem statement gave more space for creativity so we picked 4 ideas for P.S #1 and 6 ideas for P.S #2..
It was really hard to only select 6 since there where so many good potential ideas!

Here are the list of ideas for P.S #1 (how might we design mitten/gloves that would keep hand warm)





Ideas from P.S #2 (how might we keep our hands warm in winter)








IPM for the whole session = 0.6 PP
40 minute = 100 idea

Assignment 3 (Mittens)


After living 22 years in Kuwait and 2 years in Richmond, VA wearing mittens and gloves were more of an accessory rather an essential to be warm!
I have been thinking and recalling the difference I experienced when I go shopping for gloves/mittens in the there cities I lived in (Kuwait, Richmond, and Minneapolis). When you shop for a pair of gloves in Kuwait, you would most likely find really "nice looking" gloves and mittens. They are usually knitted or leather. nothing very thick or waterproof!
In Richmond, you would find a "nice looking" pair of mitten, and you can also find the very thick, and water proof ones. However, when you shop at a department store like Macy's you would only find the simple, normal mittens.
After observing and looking for places to buy mittens in Minneapolis, I came to a conclusion that you can buy thick mittens anywhere!! even from CVS :)
Also, I wasn't aware of how much warmer your hands can get if you wear mittens rather than gloves before researching and asking a couple of people about why they prefer mittens rather than gloves.
After observing people use of mitten and gloves, I noticed the following:
-people wearing gloves do not mind keeping it when they are in a warmer area (bus), because they can use their phones.
-people wearing mittens tend to take them off as soon as they get to a warm place.

I have talked to few people on my bus ride about winter in Minneapolis and about their recommendation to me as a newbie here, and most of them advised me to invest in a really heavy coat, good boots, and mittens (not gloves).

Also, I was wearing my Texting Gloves (which I will talk about in a bit) and I got into the bus. It was so cold and I was rubbing my hands to feel warmer. A man sitting next to me said: "get a pair of mittens not gloves" (that was before this project) and his justification was that mittens tend to keep your hands warmer.

Another approach to explore further about the subject was interviewing.
In one of my interview questions, I asked the interviewees to talk about their favorite mitten/gloves, explain why is it their favorite, and send a picture of it to my email. Here are interesting feedbacks..

I have interviewed:

Ben Banna, a Ph.D. in Design student who had a background in fashion and merchandising for few years in London.


Lucia Weilein, mitten/gloves consumer

I tend to go through mittens/gloves quickly (if they aren't the thick versions, I tend to lose them or wear holes in them), so my favorites are usually cheap and short-lived. My parents gave me some fleece-lined, multicolored knitted gloves as a gift one year that feature a hole in the side of the thumb (for phone/iPod use) and a mitten flap that folds back to reveal fingerless gloves. They are my favorite because of the warmth factor (fleece lined with a wool knitted exterior), the colors, and the functionality--I can wear them as mittens or fingerless gloves, which means I can use electronic touch screens. (did not send a photo!)

Reem Dashti, mitten/gloves consumer


Another step to this research was to try out different pairs of gloves/mittens while observing what works well and what doesn't.

A Knitted, lined with polyester mittens

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This was my first ever mitten experience! I am used to wearing gloves not mittens..
Advantages of this mitten:
-really warm.
-materials (interior/exterior) very soft and I moved my hand easily.
-my fingers are close.
-little grip thing in the middle to help hold stuff.

-big in size. It was harder to fit my hands in my pockets.
-and if I didn't keep my hand in my pocket, I felt like a little person with gigantic hands.
-the grip patch is small. If I was holding a big thing it can easily slip.
-couldn't use my phone to dial/text/browse.. I took off my mitten to pick up a phone call and had to switch hands to put the mitten back and talk over the phone (my phone almost fell while I was doing this!)
-it is hard to keep them in my pockets when am indoors.
-do not last for long (get dirty easily)

Venture Warm


-light weight.
-a little clip to keep both pairs together!
-larger grip patch
-really warm.
-interior material is very soft.
-Hard to stain!
-my cat loved it!


-grip batch is still small. I almost slipped a bottle of soda!
-still hard to keep in pocket.
-I couldn't use my phone.

Texting Gloves


-I can text, browse, answer calls.
-can be folded to fit in my pockets.
-I was able to use all my 10 fingers!

-doesn't keep you warm in colder days.
-material is thin, air goes through.
-things sometimes can slip from my hand.
-do not last for long (get dirty easily)
-the touchscreen doesn't function as good as without the gloves.

Problem Statements:

People need warm and stylish mittens/gloves because keeps them warm and adds to their outfits.

People need a way to keep their hands warm without sacrificing any of their real hand features because they want to have full control over their hands to be able to do everything they would without a mitten/glove.

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This is a very creative, and smart product design I came across!
I thought it might interest you guys :)

The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.


Assignment 2


I have started this assignment by watching three episodes of the simpsons.


After laughing on silly stuff for a while I started my mind map.

It was challenging at first because my "winter" experience is not very similar to minnesota winter! I never lived in such a cold place.
Therefore, I covered things I personally think fascinating about winter and not necessarily everything about winter.

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I tried to think of new concepts related to winter such as: colors and fabrics. It might be a little far away from the theme, but I decided to keep them and not use them as my sub themes.

I picked:


And here are my sketches of 10 ideas:

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Assignment 1


I am a HUGE fan of "Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies", so I've decided that I will work on the presentation of this cookies as well as add few new ingredients that wouldn't change the taste of the cookie dramatically.

Coming from the Middle East, I wanted to experiment with adding ingredients that are very common in making Middle Eastern sweets.

I have started baking with a very basic cookie recipe:

(dry ingredients)

2 cups of flour

1/2 TSP baking powder

1/2 TSP salt

Sift the ingredients together in a bowl.

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 and 1/2 butter stick

1/2 cup sugar

1 TBS vanilla

Mix together until the mixture is fluffy and smooth.


1 egg

1 egg yolk
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I started adding the dry ingredients slowly to the mixture.

and then divided the batch into 3 smaller batches for three different experiments:

Batch 1:

I've added:

dark chocolate chips

lemon zest

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1 TBS of saffron and cardamom soaked in water

(this mixture is usually used to give flavor and color to rice or Arabic sweets)

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and I've added more flour because the mixture was runny.

and baked for 15 minutes in 325 degree pre-heated oven.

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The result was unsuccessful! The cookie didn't spread out as it should. and I think it had a lot of flour which made it hard to taste the lemon zest and saffron/cardamom mix!

Batch 2:

I've added:

milk chocolate chips

Sesame seed candy

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and baked for 15 minutes in 325 degree pre-heated oven.

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I was happy with the result of this batch. It tasted very much like a classic choco chip cookie, but had a stronger flavor to it. The sesame seed candy flavor was not very strong, so I've decided to experiment with the third batch with the goal of making the flavor stronger.

Batch 3:

I've baked the plain cookie dough for 15 minutes in 325 degree pre-heated oven.

Let it cool for 15 minutes.


and I had a bowl of melted dark chocolate chips mixed with sesame seed candy, and chili powder.

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I then dipped the cookies in the dark chocolate sesame seed mixture and sprinkled with sesame candy and let cool for 10 more minutes.


I had friends to volunteer and test all three batched while I was baking them, and that helped me improve while I was baking!

We have all agreed that the last batch was the most successful cookie that originate from an original chocolate chip cookie, but shifted to a new flavor and appearance!


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