Part 1 - SCAMPER
I did the first morphological analysis matrix that we did in class for a light therapy lamp.
The functional requirements were "gives off strong light", "adjustable/flexible", "portable", I came up with a light up shower head that lights up and plays music.
I played cross products and ended up combining a stuffed animal with a light box. I knew the essence of a stuffed animal is something cute and furry. I made the light box penguin shaped, and it could possibly be fuzzy too. A possible addition to this idea is to make the penguin poop out vitamin D supplements.
Is there something similar, but in a different context?
At the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, there's a giant hanging sun light.
I thought, what if this could be smaller, and hung from ceilings (indoors/outdoors~I'm thinking of the Washington Ave bridge)? It could even be made into a sort of sun-shaped lamp that gives off heat.
I decided if I made a small but bright light it could be portable and attach so a variety of things. If on your wrist, it goes everywhere with you. It could also be put on bed frames, pet collars, and water bottles because the strap is adjustable.
Put to other use
The main use of my ideas other than to help seasonal affective disorder would be decoration...and since it's winter, why not Christmas decorating? I thought the SAD box could be star shaped, and go on top of the Christmas tree, with tiny UV (or just regular lights, because it could be harmful) string lights.
How can I simplify it?
Instead of having a light a large light or a portable one that attaches to things, there could just be one that goes on your smart phone, since a lot of people have them and use them constantly.
I went on to consider that you could have an app that turns it on and off, and the app tracks how much it is on. The more it's on, the higher your score is. Then you can try and beat your friends (people love doing that).
What if I consider my problem backwards?
Maybe I shouldn't be trying to bring summer and light to the person, but instead highlight the good things about winter. I came up with a picture that has a light frame and the images are like a slideshow which show beautiful and fun things about winter.
Part 2 - TRIZ
For Triz, I came up with a problem that could work for a lot of ideas. How can I make a sun box smaller and change its form while still making it bright?
The problems that came up were:
12 - Shape
18 - Illumination Intensity
Looking at the table, it was either numbers 32 & 30, or 13, 15 and 32.
13 - The other way around
15 - Dynamics [change characteristics, divide an object into parts, make an object movable or adaptable if it's rigid]
30 - Flexible shells and thin films
32 - Color changes
Dynamics made me think of a glowing moldable object. Figuring it wasn't feasible, I modified the idea to be a flexible object with a light inside. The outside is transparent, and it can be molded into different shapes around the light.
For color changes, I thought of making the light inside change colors. It could have a bright setting for therapy, but it could also be rainbow or fade from color to color. Some people find different colors calming, and then it could have an alternate use too.
Part 3 - Revisit Silly Ideas
Control The Seasons
While you can't literally control the seasons, you can control their indoor effect. Your windows go dark at 5 pm... Why not replace window frames with lights that turn on so through the shades it looks like it is still bright out? Another idea is to make the window be a screen as well so it displays images like beaches and green grass. [could reinvent the meaning of "sun room"]
The general idea is a machine which gives you a puppy whenever you want one. Instead, I'm imagining a place like a dog shelter, but turned into a business. People can still adopt dogs, but that's not the main function. Mainly you can go and pet/play with a variety of cute animals for a low cost. It sounds weird, but I know a lot of students who miss having pets around. Even when we had two dogs at home, my sister would always want to go to the pet store just to look at and pet the animals.
Part 4 - Gallery of Top 10 Ideas