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.
- Replace laces with snap enclosures
- Change the size of the blade (longer/fatter?)
- 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
- 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)
- 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?
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
- 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
- Laces on back instead of top
- Interchange components: hover option, blade, training blade, wheels. Multi-use!
Part 2: Use a table-based tool to come up with ideas.
Table Based Tool: Morphological Analysis
Sketch 1: Internal heating element, tempered steel blade, jet propulsion.
Sketch 2: Massage, ceramic blade, fan propeller
Part 3: Review Blue-Sky Brainstorming session and choose 10 ideas from any week that could be real ideas.