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.
One idea of interest from substitute was:
Which relates to the "Can I substitute one part for another?" question from the slides.
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.
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.
One idea of interest from eliminate was:
Which relates to the "How can I simplify it?" question from the slides.
One idea of interest from reverse/rearrange was:
Which relates to the "What other arrangements might be better?" question from the slides.
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
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.
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".
Helmet siren -> Proximity alert system:
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: