Assignment 7

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Assignment 7: Idea Selection and Pitch

My Theme: Ice Hockey

If you have not been following my blog, here is one of the problem statements I have been working with:
1. Natalie is a hockey lover who wishes to be able to participate in the sport; however, she finds ice skating too difficult to master.

From last week's assignment, here are my top five ideas:
1. Heat Sensitive Gloves
2. Handi-Hoop
3. Train Track Skates
4. Interchangeable Skates
5. Lotus Blade

Here is the Pugh chart that I filled out:
Pugh Chart.jpg

Based on survey results from last week, the Heat Sensitive Gloves were the most wanted by responders (86% said they would buy for $40). However, after researching how many of this sort of product are already on the market, I did not feel as if they had a competitive advantage. The idea that seems to be the most promising based on the Pugh chart is the Interchangeable Skates. From the survey results last week, 72% of responders said that they would buy the product for an average of about $85. This is the only idea that received a + for competitive advantage.

Product Name

Here are a few different names I thought of while brainstorming: SkaterRoll, AdjustaSkates, Blade Change, SwitcherSkates, Interjustable Skates, ICA Skates (InterChangeAble), Blade Changers, Transformer Skates, ModiSkates, AlterSkates.

Based on an impromptu survey with a few people around me, SwitcherSkates is the name that is the clearest and most desirable.

**I don't know why this image is so distorted - on my computer it is fine, but for some reason when I upload it it gets stretched. Sorry!

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Elevator Pitch

Pitch Video.mov

Assignment 6

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My winter theme: Ice Hockey (if you have not been following my blog)

MARKETABLE

To begin this assignment, I slightly changed my 10 products based on feedback from my peers. Some of them were not feasible, and I realized I had better options. Below are the links to the survey I created (SurveyMonkey has a limit to the amount of questions you can have before upgrading your account, and I did not know of Qualtrics before setting it up).

PART 1: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6RQ2MZF
PART 2: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6RHGWGC

I posted this survey to Facebook, and got about 20 responses. Below are the results from the survey.

PART 1 - There were 22 responders to this one.

#1 - Tree Caroler
Percentage of people who would buy it: 27% (6 people)
Average price they would pay: $50 (results were a bit skewed, the range was $10-$100 but most were around that number)

#2 - CalcuMuff
Percentage of people who would buy it: 13% (3 people)
Average price they would pay: $15

#3 - Heat Sensitive Gloves
Percentage of people who would buy it: 86% (19 people)
Average price they would pay: $42

#4 - Disco Hat
Percentage of people who would buy it: 4% (1 person)
Average price they would pay: $15
(One left a comment that said "you would have to pay me to wear" so this one is definitely a no!)

#5 - Handi-Hoop
Percentage of people who would buy it: 50% (10 people)
Average price they would pay: $22

PART 2 - There were 18 responders to this one.

#1 - Train Track Skate
Percentage of people who would buy it: 50% (9 people)
Average price they would pay: $30

#2 - Zamboni Pusher
Percentage of people who would buy it: 22% (4 people)
Average price they would pay: $40

#3 - Snapping Skates
Percentage of people who would buy it: 39% (7 people)
Average price they would pay: $73

#4 - Lotus Blades
Percentage of people who would buy it: 44% (8 people)
Average price they would pay: $50

#5 - Interchangeable Skates
Percentage of people who would buy it: 72% (13 people)
Average price they would pay: $84 (However, there was a range of $30-$250)

From the above results, I narrowed down my ideas to these five:
Heat sensitive gloves, Handi-hoop, Train track skates, Interchangeable skates, and Lotus blades.

NOVEL
A) Benchmark

For this part of the assignment, I searched for the products with different name variations. Once I found a few ways of phrasing the product, I went to Amazon.com to search for prices.

1. Heat Sensitive Gloves
Things I discovered via Google:
- There are a lot of battery operated heating gloves out there.
- ohgizmo.com had a product that seems to be what I am thinking of:
http://www.ohgizmo.com/2012/10/08/these-seem-to-be-the-cadillac-of-heated-gloves/ Hopefully I would be able to come up with a solution that would not cost $400 though.
- I did not find many products that featured a cooling option - most featured a heating option or fabrics that would seal heat in.
- Cheaper gloves had alkaline batteries, and higher end ones had rechargeable ones.
- Prices for these types of gloves ranged from $20-$200.
I created a 2x2 matrix, as seen below:
heated gloves_Page_1.jpg

2. Handi-Hoop
Things I discovered via Google:
- Nothing like this exists. There were rectangular "push" versions, but I was unable to find anything that was circular.
- The rectangular push trainers ran from $30-$40.
I created a 2x2 matrix, as seen below.
handihoop_Page_2.jpg

3. Train Track Skate
Things I discovered via Google:
- There are several variations online.
- The only one with 3 blades (like my idea) is in a museum in NYC.
- The most common seems to be the Bob Skate, a strap-on version with 2 runners in front and 2 in back.
- The average price was around $20-$30.
I created a 2x2 matrix, as seen below.
traintrack_Page_3.jpg

4. Interchangeable Skates
Things I discovered via Google:
- I found one product that fit this description slightly - Lake Placid XTS 600 for kids.
- These ran $36-$50.
I then created a 2x2 matrix, as seen below. This one did not come up with very many results.
interchangeable_Page_4.jpg

5. Lotus Blades
Things I discovered via Google:
- For less active skaters, rust developing on the blade is a common problem. Possible product idea?
- http://blog.aopa.org/blog/?p=4619 The video on this link describes a hydrophobic material that repels water.
- I searched a long time for a product like this, and was unable to find anything.
- http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101113170001.htm This link describes nanostructured materials that repel water - the application described here is more for large scale applications such as highways and airplanes.
- I found some research on SLIPS, slippery, liquid-infused porous surfaces. This research is quite preliminary, but would be applied to metal surfaces.
Here is a 2x2 matrix briefly touching on a few different materials.
lotus blade_Page_5.jpg

B) Preliminary Patent Search

I then fervently searched for relatable patents to each of the selected five ideas. I copy/pasted the URLs for each.

1. Heat Sensitive Gloves
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=42&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=gloves.TI.&s2=heated&OS=TTL/gloves+AND+heated&RS=TTL/gloves+AND+heated

2. Handi-Hoop (as mentioned before, I am unable to find a fully circular version of this - this patent is for a partially enclosed trainer).
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=5&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=%22ice+skate%22&s2=trainer&OS=%22ice+skate%22+AND+trainer&RS=%22ice+skate%22+AND+trainer

3. Train Track Skate
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=17&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&p=1&p=1&S1=%28%22ice+skate%22+AND+runner%29&OS=%22ice+skate%22+AND+runner&RS=%28%22ice+skate%22+AND+runner%29

4. Interchangeable Skates
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=2&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&p=1&p=1&S1=%28%22ice+skate%22+AND+interchangeable%29&OS=%22ice+skate%22+AND+interchangeable&RS=%28%22ice+skate%22+AND+interchangeable%29

5. Lotus Blades - This is the only patent even somewhat related to the icephobic properties I'm thinking of.
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=2&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&p=1&p=1&S1=%28%22ice+skate%22+AND+hydrophobic%29&OS=%22ice+skate%22+AND+hydrophobic&RS=%28%22ice+skate%22+AND+hydrophobic%29

FEASIBLE

1. Heat Sensitive Gloves
Biggest Concerns
- Finding a small battery that will produce enough energy for a decent period of time.
- Finding a textile that will open and close to let cold air in if needed.
- Finding technology that will regulate the temperature at a somewhat low cost.
Cost Analysis
Materials:
- AWG 24 silver plated copper wire: MIL-W-16878-Type E
(Found on http://wire-cable-tubing.wireandcable.com/item/mil-w-16878-nema-hp3-hp4-mil-aero-wire/4-type-e-wire-medium-wall-extruded-ptfe-insulation/w201-24?)
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a003327.pdf
Price/foot: $0.28.
Needed: Approximately 4'/pair of gloves.

- Thinsulate material - 2'/pair
http://www.rockywoods.com/Fabrics-Kits/Thinsulate-Insulation/150-Thinsulate-Ultra-by-3M
Price/foot: $7
Needed: 2'

COST: $1.12 + 7 = 8.12, Multiply x 2 = $16.24

2. Handi-Hoop
Biggest Concerns
- Testing the product to see if it would actually work
- Finding a way to prevent the hoop from swinging around and knocking the person over
Possible material to be used: PVC piping
1" PVC Pipe is $0.83/foot
Feet needed: ~20'

COST: 20 x .83 = $16.60, Multiply x 2 = $33.20

3. Train Track Skate
Biggest Concerns
- Creating something that would be an aid rather than a hindrance.
- Finding a way to make the additional runners successful in being detachable and flexible in movement.

Blade material: Steel
Cost/Pound = ~$0.10
Pounds needed: ~1

Shell material: EVA
Cost/Pound = $0.25
Pounds needed: ~2lb per pair

Lining material: Nylon 6
Cost/Pound: $0.60 (Approximately 2 pounds needed for pair)

COST: $3.60

4. Interchangeable Skates
Biggest Concerns
- Finding a way to attach everything easily and securely
- Keeping cost down

Materials needed: see above for skate and blade.

Wheels: High-grade polyurethane, approximately 4lb needed
Cost/pound: ~$1.50
http://www.shopmaninc.com/moldmaking.html

COST: Above # (3.60) + (1.5x4)(2) = $27.60

5. Lotus Blades
Biggest Concerns
- Finding a suitable, cost efficient material to make the blades repel ice.
- Finding a way to coat the blades with this material.
- Finding a material that can withstand sharpening of the skates.

Blade material: Steel, 1lb for pair, $0.10/lb
I was unable to find pricing for a hydrophobic coating suitable - I'm not sure what the final cost of these blades would be.

Assignment 5

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Category related to winter: Ice Hockey

Part 1: Take an archetypical existing product related to one of your problem statements and apply the SCAMPER method.

In case you have not been following my blog, here are the problem statements I've been working with:

1. Natalie is a hockey lover who wishes to be able to participate in the sport; however, she finds ice skating too difficult to master.

2. Darien is a girl who wishes her brother's hockey equipment took up less space and smelled better.

3. Charlie is an avid hockey player who wishes that hockey sticks did not break as easily and did not cost as much.

For this exercise, I have chosen the existing product of an ice skate.
Ice skate.jpg

SCAMPER
Substitute
- Replace laces with snap enclosures
- Change the size of the blade (longer/fatter?)
Substitute.jpg
Combine
- Merge it with pants and have a pant-skate
- Combine the laces and the body to form one cohesive piece
- Merge it with a sled...super fast, really fun way to "skate" with multiple people on board
- Combine it with fashion boots for the people who don't like how skates look
- Combine the blades with a walker so elderly/disabled people can use it
Combine.jpg
Adapt
- Something similar: rollerblade. Interchangeable parts so you only need one pair? Rollerblades for summer, ice skates for winter?
- Lotus effect - find a way to keep ice from accumulating on the blades by making the metal surface a different texture (but still sharpen-able)
Adapt.jpg
Magnify/Minimize
- Magnified/made larger: length of blade
- Extra features: self heating element so feet don't get cold
- Extra features: added insulation to boot
- Used more often - skates for winter sidewalks? similar to rollerblades, but use a tread similar to a snowmobile/skis?
- Minimize amount of laces - is it necessary to have so many holes?
Magnify.jpg
Put to other use
- Scale the skate down and add 2 more so your dog can skate
- Removable blade so you don't need a pair of boots and a pair of skates
- Instead of plastic/metal/textile construction, make it out of a material that automatically attaches itself to your foot
Put to other use.jpg
Eliminate
- Remove laces
- Smaller - completely remove boot so it attaches to whatever is already on your feet
- Less of something - less stiff plastic, more flexible materials
Eliminate.jpg
Reverse/Rearrange
- Laces on back instead of top
- Interchange components: hover option, blade, training blade, wheels. Multi-use!
Reverse-Rearrange.jpg

Part 2: Use a table-based tool to come up with ideas.
Table Based Tool: Morphological Analysis
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Sketch 1: Internal heating element, tempered steel blade, jet propulsion.
heating element, tempered steel, jet.jpg
Sketch 2: Massage, ceramic blade, fan propeller
massage, ceramics, fan.jpg
Part 3: Review Blue-Sky Brainstorming session and choose 10 ideas from any week that could be real ideas.

1) The zamboni pusher could help with new skaters on dirty ice - clean things up so they don't trip on anything.
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2)Calcu-muffs - voice activated calculator.
Calcu-muff.jpg

3) Interchangeable blades
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4) Heat sensitive gloves
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5) Tree caroler - it's like a sing-along tree!
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6) Train track skate
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7) The handicapper - helps you stay on your feet while learning how to skate
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8) Dog-skates - you can walk/skate your dog while having fun yourself. The dog would have to learn how it works but it could be pretty cool!
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9) Disco hat - party starts when you walk in.
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10) Massage scarf. Wear it and it gives you a massage while you are fighting off the cold.
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Assignment 4

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For this assignment, I sent out a plea for help on Facebook. Within a few minutes, my group was forming. One guy commented, then his roommate wanted to help, and voila! I had a group of guys all in the same house. Scheduling was made easy! I let them know the two problem statements I wanted them to be thinking about:

1. Natalie is a hockey lover who wishes to be able to participate in the sport; however, she finds ice skating too difficult to master.

2. Darien is a girl who wishes her brother's hockey equipment took up less space and smelled better.

I reformatted them into HMW statements:

1) How might we make it easier to learn how to skate?
2) How might we keep hockey equipment from smelling so badly?

Tom is a biosystems engineering major. Kraig is a chemistry major. Mark is a environmental systems landscaping something (his major confuses me). Lucas is a mechanical engineering major - he was not as enthusiastic as the rest, and came up with very few ideas, sadly. I, Hanna, am an interior design major.

I then went to the bookstore and picked up some big, colorful sticky notes. I searched my apartment and came up with a bunch of Sharpies. I came up with a game plan.

To begin: Play some improv games!
1) Dogs are great...60 seconds, then switch partners.
2) Sports train - this is the game I came up with. It involves one person saying a word that relates to a sport. The next person in the circle has to come up with another sports-related word beginning with the last letter of the last word spoken. We went around the circle about 3 times, then the second phase began. I had a tennis ball along. One person began spouting off words related to hockey while the ball was being passed around the circle. Once it passed him twice, the next person had to come up with words related to hockey. This took about 5 minutes.

Then, I explained what we were going to be doing a little more in depth. "Think of an idea. Sketch it, label it, and briefly present it. (If you can't sketch it, just write it concisely in words). It can be crazy, funny, and doesn't have to be feasible!"

Next: How might we make it easier to learn how to skate?
I let this session go for about 10 minutes, then I pulled out an inspiration card to choose a user:
Choose a user.jpg
10 minutes later, this session was done. There were a total of 29 ideas with an IPM of 0.3/person.
Below are the five ideas that we chose to be the best during the categories/multi-vote.

1) Hover Skate (Hanna). Hover feature helps keep you on your feet.
Hover Skate.jpg

2) The Handicapper (Kraig). Bubble/bumper system keeps the skater from falling over.
The Handicapper.jpg

3) Train Track Skate (Tom). It's like training wheels on ice!
Train track skate.jpg

4) Zamboni Pusher (Hanna).
Zamboni Pusher.jpg

5) Nuclear-Powered Rocket Skates (Tom). Just focus on keeping your balance, and the skates will take care of the moving forward part.
Nuclear powered rocket skates.jpg

Second: How might we keep hockey equipment from smelling so badly?

This time, I let the session go until I felt people were a little stuck. I then threw a Brute Think card at them.
Brute Think.jpg
In total, this session lasted 15 minutes. There were a total of 27 ideas, resulting in an IPM of 0.4/person. Below are the five ideas that we chose to be best during the categories/multi-vote.

1) Built-In air conditioning unit (Mark). He didn't know how to draw this, yet it was one of the top-ranked ideas.
Built-In Air Conditioning Unit.jpg

2) Odor killing lamp (Hanna).
Odor killing lamp.jpg

3) Cage washer (Tom)
Cage washer.jpg

4) Super evapo-textile (Hanna). Sweat evaporates instantly and the textile self-cleans to keep smelly substances away.
Super Evapo-Textile.jpg

5) Brine wash (Kraig). Salt kills microbes, so soak your gear in this special brine wash to kill the smell.
Brine wash.jpg

Finally, I had my group come up with "bad" ideas for about 10 minutes just for fun.
They laughed at me and said that's what they had been doing the whole time - however, they really were coming up with some great ideas! I had them mark each "bad" idea with a number 3 so I wouldn't get things mixed up. Below are some of the bad ideas they came up with. This portion had an IPM of 0.2/person.

1) Spike skates (Hanna)
Spike skates.jpg

2) Ryan Braun's "Special Skating Enhancement Pills." (Mark). He likes to make fun of me for being from Wisconsin...
Skating enhancement pills.jpg

3) Skate-less skate (Tom)
Skateless skate.jpg

4) Electric Skates (Mark)
Electric skates.jpg

5) Salt Lubers (Kraig).
Salt Lubers.jpg

This brainstorming session went surprisingly well. Overall, there were 67 ideas, 45 minutes, and an IPM of 0.3/person. I think the IPM would have been higher if everyone had focused a little more - they were a chatty group! They weren't thrilled about drawing, but by the end they were all having a great time. I had to remind them several times to keep things appropriate, but boys will be boys apparently. They also offered to help me out with any other brainstorming sessions I would need help with, so I think all in all this was a success!

I noticed that they built off of each others' ideas. One would say "rocket skates," and another would say "nuclear powered rocket skates." It was interesting to watch people unrelated to design follow the same pattern the in-class brainstorming sessions follow!


Assignment #3

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Ethnographic Research

The precursor to this assignment was to create a mind map relating to winter. Several subgroups were chosen from this map - the one I will be using for this assignment is ice hockey.

I then read through the IDEO Bootleg and Ethnography Primer to better familiarize myself with the concept of ethnography. I brainstormed to come up with a few questions to get the interview process started.

1) ASK

1. Tell me about an experience you've had with ice hockey.
2. What about your experience could have been improved?
3. What did you especially enjoy about your experience?
4. Tell me about a time when you played ice hockey (if applicable).

I do not have an exact list of questions - I instead went with the flow of the interviews. One thing I was sure to keep in mind was to keep asking "why?" to get my interviewees to further expand on their thoughts.


Interview #1

Natalie P. is a student at the U with a love for the NHL. She sometimes goes to Wild games, but that is the extent of her ice hockey experience. Here are some of the key points I pulled from this interview:

- One time I was playing hockey for the first time, and I got hit in the face with a puck. So I never played again.
- The Xcel Center has comfy seats, but it was kind of cold so I have to keep my jacket on.
- It took a while to actually get into the game - the lines were pretty crowded, and it would have been nice to have more check-in spots.
- I'm bad at skating. I wish I was better, but ice skates are the devil. It hurts to fall!


Interview #2

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Charlie D. is a middle aged avid hockey player. He plays in 2 different leagues twice a week, and he used to play for an amateur team. I pulled a few things from this interview that were interesting:

- I go through so many sticks. Spending $200-$300 per stick is pretty common, and one stick will usually last me about 10 games. The price adds up!
- Carrying the gear around is difficult. There is a lot of stuff that goes into that bag, and it won't fit unless I pack it perfectly. It's amazing how much space it takes up.
- The smell of locker rooms is pretty intense. I'm lucky to come out alive sometimes.
- It's not about the fans - it's about loving the sport and doing your best.
- No blood, no sweat, no tears, no game!

Interview #3
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Darien R. is the sister of an avid hockey player. She has watched her brother play for many years. Here are some things I took away from this interview:

- I always had coloring things with me. I'd sit backwards on the benches so I would have a table to color on - truly obvious that I wasn't paying attention to the game.
- One time the goalie drank an energy drink before the game - it was actually an energy mix that one of the players made for him, but he did it wrong. He put the entire thing in instead of one scoop, so as a result the goalie was so hyped up that he would skate out to the half line waiting for the puck, and he actually took a slapshot once. We won that game!
- Atmosphere: cold and warm at the same time - they keep the whole place cold for the ice, but they have heaters where the people sit. My face would get boiling warm but my feet would be cold.
- We would make my brother put all his hockey gear in his basement because he staaaaaanky. Febreze doesn't work on that shit!
- They have a lot of hockey gear. Like, a lot. My brother is 6-foot something ridiculous, so he carries it well. But going to games I see little twerps carrying these bags 5x the size of themselves, and there's just a little standard duffel bag handle. I think to myself, can't there be an easier way?

2) OBSERVE

I was unfortunately unable to observe ice hockey in person. However, I did catch a big portion of the Wild game on Saturday night against the Hurricanes. I attempted to watch the Gopher hockey game as well, but it was nowhere to be found on TV, sadly! Luckily I have been to many games, so I can pull from my memory observations of the people at such events. Here is a list of characteristics of people generally at hockey games:

- Noisy
- Rambunctious
- Drinking
- Extremely competitive - lots of yelling and shouting
- Cowbells - for some reason, there are people who love banging on cowbells during games
- A majority of the people there love chanting along with the student section (when they understand what is being chanted)
- Dressed in a jersey of some sort (if they don't own a jersey, they will wear anything that is the color of their team)
- People of all ages attend games

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3) EXPERIENCE

I was unable to engage in the activity of ice hockey at this time, as the outdoor rinks do not yet have ice. However, I will pull from past experiences. I grew up ice skating, and I honestly don't know when or how I learned. Hockey is a fast sport - you must always be on your guard and you must keep your head up at all times. You and the stick become one, as if it's an extension of yourself. Falling can be painful. Wearing loads of gear helps protect the players. It's a workout!

Areas for Improvement

1. Natalie is a hockey lover who wishes to be able to participate in the sport; however, she finds ice skating too difficult to master.

2. Darien is a girl who wishes her brother's hockey equipment took up less space and smelled better.

3. Charlie is an avid hockey player who wishes that hockey sticks did not break as easily and did not cost as much.

Assignment 2

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To start this assignment off, I watched an episode of America's Funniest Home Videos.

I then made a mind map of things relating to winter:
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I then pulled a few ideas from that map that I thought would maybe produce good products. I crossed products to get these results - I asked my roommates to give me a random object for each product idea. They did not know the details, so some of them were a challenge!

Meet the massage scarf. It's a normal, functional scarf with a twist - there are massage balls inside. This way you can destress on the way to that final in the middle of December!
massage scarf.jpg

These SmartGloves know your body temperature. They sense the temperature of your hands - the heating elements warm the hand if it's too cold, and the perforations open up around the outside if your hands get too hot.
Heat sensitive gloves.jpg

The Book Glasses allow you to read books unnoticed. Sitting through a boring Christmas party? Flip on the Kindle app and read away! No one will notice - there's even an optional audio option if you'd rather watch a movie!
book glasses.jpg

The Tree Caroler is an artificial Christmas Tree that plays Christmas carols. In addition, everyone loves to sing Christmas carols right? This tree senses human voices, and automatically raises its volume so that the carols will always be heard!
tree caroler.jpg

Below you will see the "Disco Hat." The party starts when you walk in. Enabled with surround sound throughout the interior, the hat also sports a disco tassel.
disco hat.jpg

The Hot Scarf is an innovation of the water bladder. It's a normal scarf, but there is also an insulated bladder attachment that you can fill with hot chocolate, tea, or coffee! There is a flexible straw attachment that only works when you bite on it, so there is no concern for spilling.
hot scarf.jpg

Do you love ice skating? Meet the pant skates. With this grand invention, getting dressed to go skating is unnecessary - the insulated pants are attached to the skates. No cold air going up your pants, no worries about getting too cold!
pant skates.jpg

The Dirt Molder was the most challenging combination my friends gave me. I wrote down a shovel, and they said "flower pot." With this device, you scoop up the dirt, pull a lever, and the shovel goes to the form of the flower pot. Fill your pots with no mess!
dirt molder.jpg

Have you ever had to stumble from the light switch to your bed? The Star Pillow will softly illuminate your way back to your bed. It also can play songs to put you to sleep, and it is a great way for you to see around the room without waking your roommate with the bright overhead light.
star pillow.jpg


Assignment 1

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I began the process of creating an innovative cookie by brainstorming different combinations of ingredients based on my pantry. As I have quite a few different spices, I decided to learn new ways of mixing these spices to start off.

1. Cookies + cupcake form
2. Sweet and spicy
3. Nuts roasted with spices
4. Banana + peanut butter
5. Peanut butter and basil
6. Hazelnuts
7. Food coloring
8. Texture - rice, oatmeal, nuts, cooking temp
9. I wrote a list of all the spices I had and flavor mapped a few of them.

I then started thinking of ways to modify a base cookie recipe I came up with found below:

3 c. flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1 c. butter, 1 c. white sugar, 1 c. brown sugar, and 2 eggs.

1. All white sugar
2. All brown sugar
3. Yogurt instead of eggs
4. Bake at different temperatures
5. Combine different doughs into one cookie
6. Syrup instead of sugar
7. Peanut butter and basil

I then came up with four different methods and flavor combinations to try. Each recipe was baked at different temperatures.

1. 1/4 of base recipe plus: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, pinch of ground cloves, 1/8 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp basil, 1/4 cup coffee, handful of chocolate chips, and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract.
- This combination was tasty; however, the cookie did not spread out on the pan, no matter what temperature it was baked at (400 and 325 degrees F).

2. 1/4 of base recipe plus 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter, 1/2 of a mashed banana, 1.5 T cocoa, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp rosemary, and 1/4 tsp vanilla.
- This combination got one of the best reviews from friends that tried it. The addition of rosemary created an interesting flavor next to the peanut butter. Similar to my first attempt, the cookies did not spread out on the pan and were kind of tough. These were baked at 350 for about 10 minutes.

3. 1/4 base recipe with 1/2 cup shortening instead of butter, all brown sugar (1 cup), 1/4 cup cooked white rice, 1/4 tsp vanilla, and 1/4 tsp nutmeg.
- The result from this cookie was slightly greasy. It spread out quite thin while baking. The texture was interesting with the rice; this one was not bad. Baked at 325 for 9 minutes.

4. 1/4 base recipe with 1/3 cup yogurt instead of eggs. I made a concoction with 1/2 cup hazelnuts, 1 whipped egg white, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp chili powder, dash of salt, and 1/2 tsp vanilla roasted at 200F for an additive to the base recipe.
- This recipe was the favorite. The nuts ended up tasting delicious - the rule of "if a spice is the same color as another, it will probably go together" was true in the case of cinnamon and chili powder. The yogurt in the recipe made the cookies spread out; they also had a smoother texture. Baked at 325 for 9 minutes.
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For my final presentation, I combined #3 and #4 from above. I layered the rice mixture, nuts, and yogurt mixture in the bottom of a muffin tin and first baked it at 300 degrees for close to 20 minutes. The first attempt was a bit of a fail, as the top layer broke off when I tried to remove them from the pan.
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For the next batch, I used muffin liners and placed the nuts on the top instead of the middle, and they turned out well. For the 2nd attempt I raised the oven temperature to 325 and baked them for 17 minutes.
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Final Recipe:
Bottom Layer
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Sift above ingredients.
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup cooked white rice
Cream together in order listed, then add dry ingredients and rice.
Middle Layer
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Sift above ingredients.
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 tsp vanilla
Cream butter and sugars; add yogurt and vanilla and mix until well blended.
Nuts
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1 egg white
1/2 tsp vanilla
Whip egg and vanilla until frothy; dump in nuts and evenly coat.
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp chili powder
dash of salt
Combine above ingredients and add to nut mixture.
Roast at 200 degrees F for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

To assemble cookie, layer accordingly into muffin pan with liner. Bake at 325 degrees F for 17 minutes.

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