Assignment 5

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STRUCTURED IDEATION

Sub-theme: Fireplace
Problem Statement: How might we make fireplaces more interactive?

Part 1

We were to use SCAMPER to modify an existing product in our sub-theme or related to our problem statement. I listed out some ideas and drew the one that excited me most.

The product I used was a fireplace that has glass "logs" in it to make the flames come to life and dance more than usual. It's a modern/contemporary fireplace.

glass fireplace.jpg

Substitute

  • Replace the clear glass with frosted or colored glass
  • Make the glass shards move (as opposed to stationary)
  • Replace the glass with ceramics, plastic, metal, etc.
  • Change the triangular shape to anything else
  • Turn flames into conducting wire, artfully wrapped around the shards of glass

Conducting wire that can be wrapped around the glass:

wirefireplace.jpg

Combine

  • Pair thermal varying materials with isothermic glass, to get growing and segmented fireplace structures as it heats up
  • Temperature / color varying material with glass
  • Combine glass with fake wood logs
  • Glass tubes with perforations to suck in oxygen and allow for flames to occur inside tube. Then you can build structures with flame tubes!
  • Make entire log of glowing material. Glows when hot.

Flame Tube:

Glass tube fireplace.jpg

Adapt

Are there other ways to re-direct the flames?

  • Fan or air
  • Moving obstructions
  • Moving flame source
  • Isothermal materials: glass, gaskets/rubber, fake logs
  • Have glass hang from the top versus stationary at the bottom

Hanging obstructions to move around in the fire:

hanging glass in fire.jpg

Magnify

  • More glass pieces
  • More flames
  • Layered flames
  • Torch flames - Lots of BTU's!
  • Make fireplace size and thickness of a picture
  • Blend a gothic and modern fireplace?
  • Add: Lasers, sounds, smells, waves

Layered Flames:

layered flames.jpg

Put to other use

  • Fireplace/grill - has rods that can cook food
  • Freezer / cooker - CROCKPOT!! How cool would that be?!
Hot and Cold Crockpot:

crockpot.jpg

Eliminate

  • Can you get the flames to look like their is an object in the middle of them, without there being one? Invisible log effect.
  • Remove glass beads on bottom
  • Small, unnoticeable flames. Can't see them, but they give off heat
  • Remove the glass screen. Can't burn yourself on hot glass, if there isn't any to burn yourself on!

Fireplace Picture (No visible flames, but it emits heat!):

heatpicture.jpg

Reverse/Rearrange

  • Flames from the top and sides
  • Mirror on the back
  • Tinted film, dimming the light coming from the flame
  • Flames turn on when there is noise
  • Flames dim with noise
  • Pictures and videos play inside the fireplace
  • Hide flames
  • Make flames stable as possible, making them look like candles

Combining a few different components I saw through this process, I'd like to create a variable actuating gas fireplace. Flames can be stable, moving, produce wave effects, etc.:

Automated fireplace.jpg

Part 2

HIT Matrix

I did a hit matrix around the product from part 1. My two starting products were a fireplace and obstructions.

Fireplace:


  • Gas

  • Firewood

  • Flames

  • Chimney

  • Mantle

Obstructions:


  • Wood

  • Glass

  • Colorful

  • Stationary

  • Flexible

Below is the HIT matrix I made with these ideas:

HIT.jpg

Part 3

Re-hashing some of the silly ideas from the initial brainstorm I came up with a few ideas.

Previous: Smoke notes - Secret notes that would show their message after put into smoke.
New: Fire Notes - you can write a message on glass and when it gets heated up a message will appear.

firenotes.jpg

Previous: Booby Trap - Bra that set you on fire
New: A body vest that had heat producing material that can be reset in your laundry machine.

body warming vest.jpg

Previous: Social Media Fire - Flame gets bigger for every like you get!
New: Social Media Fire - LED ticker on top of fireplace mantle shows the status update. Flame burst occurs in fireplace to signify a notification.

socialmedia.jpg

Previous: Indoor Sundial
New: Flame clock, put in front of fire and the hand/minute hands allow the flame to shine through, showing the time.

Flame clock.jpg

Previous: House hats - A hat to redirect the exhaust coming out of your house
New: Flaps that can open up inside your chimney, and filter into your HVAC system at the correct temperature.

house HVAC.jpg

Previous: Fire pyramids - keeps your drink warm
New: His and Hers fire cubes - keeps your drink warm and makes a warm reminder of your loved one (Awwww)

firecubes.jpg

Part 4

Here are the current top ten ideas for products:

1

firecubes.jpg

2

firenotes.jpg

3

batmanlaser firestarter.jpg

4

smorecubetray.jpg

5

mallowrotisserie.jpg

6

crockpot.jpg

7

Glass tube fireplace.jpg

8

Automated fireplace.jpg

9

firechimnes.jpg

10

Flame clock.jpg

5 Comments

Hunter,

I like the way you formatted your blog post with subheads and bulleted points, it makes it easy and interesting to follow your work process. The SCAMPER exercise seems to be successful for your problem statement, as you’ve got a lot of ideas from it. I wish you uploaded your images before I was writing this review, I am really curious to see how your ideas look like.

I think you could write some more about the HIT Matrix exercise. What ideas did you get from it?

I’m glad you went back to your ideas from previous idea generation sessions and reworked them. I love the His and Hers fire cubes idea!

I think you did a great job working on this assignment (provided you will upload all images). But I would appreciate if you uploaded your post on time, because it would allow me to plan my time that I spend reviewing other student’s posts better.

I want to apologize for posting late - we got a flat tire last night and didn't get home until very late.

I agree with the previous commenter that your formatting and hierarchy are very nice. The large caps are a nice touch.

Where are your sketches?!? They are such a big part of the process... it's harder to evaluate without them (and impossible for the HIT matrix).

I question your choice of a glass log fireplace for an "archetypal" product. This is a rather unique and atypical take on the fireplace - far from archetypal. Perhaps the pot-belly stove or fire poker would have been better choices. Nonetheless, you developed some interesting ideas. I especially like the ideas of noise-responsive flames. I don't know what obstructions are in your HIT matrix... I trust it would be easier to understand if we had a sketch.

You did a great job of adapting the silly ideas from last week - the fire bra was a bit scary ;)

I want to apologize for posting late - we got a flat tire last night and didn't get home until very late.

I agree with the previous commenter that your formatting and hierarchy are very nice. The large caps are a nice touch.

Where are your sketches?!? They are such a big part of the process... it's harder to evaluate without them (and impossible for the HIT matrix).

I question your choice of a glass log fireplace for an "archetypal" product. This is a rather unique and atypical take on the fireplace - far from archetypal. Perhaps the pot-belly stove or fire poker would have been better choices.

I had a much longer comment but none of the comments I've made this round are showing up...

Never mind... apparently it DID show up... happy Thanksgiving!

Howdy!

Assignment 6 is not showing up.. If you have posted it somewhere I can't see, please email me the link so I can submit feedbacks :)
alfal003@umn.edu

Happy weekend.
S

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