# Assignment 5

SCAMPER

To explore a structural approach to creativity, I first explored how people might SCAMPER about in the winter. Specific to winter biking, what better archetype than the bicycle? The bicycle applies, obviously, to either of my problem statements:

Mike (the anti-enthusiast) needs a way to feel confident in biking in the winter because he fears being cold and the potential dangers.
Guy (the guy behind the counter at VB&T) needs a way to keep aware of his surroundings because he is forced to bike close to traffic in unsafe conditions.

The 7 scamper prompts are: substitute, combine, adapt, magnify/minify, put to other use, eliminate, reverse/rearrange.

Following some of the questions in the lecture slides, I took time to think of several ideas for each prompt.

substitute

One idea of interest from substitute was:

Which relates to the "Can I substitute one part for another?" question from the slides.

combine

One idea of interest from combine was:

Which relates to the "Can I combine or merge with other objects?" question from the slides.

One idea of interest from adapt was:

Which relates to the "What could I copy, borrow, or steal?" question from the slides.

magnify/minify

One idea of interest from magnify/minify was:

Which relates to the "Can it do more things?" question from the slides.

put to other use

One idea of interest from put to other use was:

Which relates to the "Can it be used by people other than those it was originally intedned for?" question from the slides.

eliminate

One idea of interest from eliminate was:

Which relates to the "How can I simplify it?" question from the slides.

reverse/rearrange

One idea of interest from reverse/rearrange was:

Which relates to the "What other arrangements might be better?" question from the slides.

Table-based tool

I decided to use a TILMAG matrix for my table-based tool. Again, the product I chose was the bicycle:

Ideas from this exercise included:

From trampoline/shoe, a spring loaded pedal to return energy from the downstroke and promote a consistent frequency. Also could provide suspension when standing on pedals
From swivel chair/snuggy, a form following shielding to block wind from the rider's body and protect the bike from snowfall when not in use
From seeing skis/rollerblades, a combination of a rollerblade and ski that can traverse diverse terrane

Blue sky ideas

While a couple highly rated ideas from the blue sky brainstorming session seemed silly, most were fairly practical. I had thought up more reasonable ideas for some sillier ones in the previous post.

These included:

Night vision/car seeing goggles -> A HUD display for the bicyclist that senses nearby cars/traffic.

Car bike disguise -> An enclosed bike system optimally designed for winter.

Glowing bike -> Custom LED system to trick out the bike, light up the snow around it (with color?), and increase visibility.

Communal bike ride -> Multi-person bike system for "bikepooling".

And lastly

Helmet siren -> Proximity alert system:

Top 10

Here are my top 10 picks for ideas that might have potential. There were others as well, so if some don't work out, I have other options.

A spring loaded pedal to return energy from the downstroke and promote a consistent frequency. Also could provide suspension when standing on pedals:

A new toy for mastering balance in a new way. Like a skateboard with handles is a scooter, a unicycle with handles is a ScootiCycle:

An enclosed bike-like vehicle optimized for the winter:
This could be a system where spinning class bikes could be hooked up to recharge touring electric bikes for the elderly, physically impaired, or the lazy:
The PedalBus; a community transportation system with a driver that pulls up to bus stops. People with bus passes can ride just like the regular bus. Pedals are in each seat that could run a flywheel or other system to store energy and control its release:

A combination of a rollerblade and ski that can traverse diverse terrane:

Sled-backed jacket for impromptu or planned sledding:
Winter biking safety and informational seminars/campaign:

Sponsors to donate to a charity when you check in after biking to campus:

Getting paid for services such as road/bike-lane/sidewalk salting:

Hi Rory,

Great work! Your blog is comprehensive and well written. I like how specific your problem statements are. I like how you have included labels and informative descriptions adjacent to each of your idea doodles. I thought that really helped to connect with the drawings. I appreciate that your documentation is thorough. I can tell that you have taken effort to format your blog.

Perhaps you could have redrawn the last three ideas for a more consistent and cohesive blog appearance, given that the other diagrams are with black marker on grid paper. Also, it appears that the 'Workout Recharge' photo has a diagonal shadow streak going right across it-- maybe it may have been helpful to get rid of that. I really liked your TILMAG matrix--but I felt that it could have been made slightly more legible.

~Harini~

Hey Rory!

Here are some key things I most liked:
1) You put the two problem statements at the beginning of the blog. This was a huge help to me, as I did not have to go back and read your previous posts.
2) 'Workout Recharge' bicycle. I have been screaming this idea at people for the past YEARS!!
3) 'Pedal Bus'. This is a neat idea, both to save energy and get exercise while on the bus.

-Picture clarity. You can really improve your blog if you redrew some of the ideas and cleaned up the contrast. Also,

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