Structured idea generation. There are many techniques that have been developed and utilized to take a product and generate a lot of innovative ideas in a short amount of time. One of these is the SCAMPER method. SCAMPER stands for Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Magnify/Modify, Put to other use, Eliminate, and Reverse/Rearrange. All of these concepts are applied to the thing in focus to generate alternative ideas and concepts. An example of the adapt modifier is that certain bullet trains have been adapted to mimic the kingfisher and reduce drag.
I applied the SCAMPER method to my theme of christmas lights.
I ended up choosing one idea from each category to develop in more detail. The sketches are below.
Substitute: Individual wireless lights.
Combine: Water activated colored salt. Identifies where ice is while melting it.
Adapt: Sticky wire, like cockleburs.
Magnify: Solid bars, segmented and connecting.
Put to other use: Lighted animal collar.
Eliminate: Tube lighting. Gets rid of the bulbs and provides easier storage.
Reverse: Lay lights instead of hang them.
Following the SCAMPER technique I completed a TILMAG matrix to develop some more related ideas.
From the TILMAG I developed three ideas.
Christmas Light Pegboard similar to light bright, but with christmas lights and can be displayed.
Tent Pole Lights fold up like tent supports.
Less, bigger lights.
The third step was to look at the ideas from the blue sky idea generation and decide if there were any that could be developed into an innovative idea, especially if it wasn't quite there in the original idea, but it presented some interesting concept. I came up with six ideas from further developing individual ideas, or combining a couple. All six are in my final ten below.
Finally I chose ten ideas, some from my christmas lights theme, some from other winter related brainstorming activities. These are the ten I will dig deeper into to decide on a final product idea.
1)Reel lights. The lights wind onto a spool, but a plastic covering is placed over them as the get on the spool to limit tangling from the protruding lights.
2)Conductive chord. The line is placed as desired, then clothes pin like lights are hung from the line.
3)Pre-established shape lights. Circles can be placed over trees and will sit at different heights based on the diameter.
4)Conductive, magnetic lights. The lights can be put on a tree that holds the lights magnetically.
5)Light blinds. The lights can be pulled to one side to provide better storage and easier hanging.
6)Solid bar, segmented lights. The bars have hooks to hang and can be connected to make long chains. No tangles.
7)Windshield, Ice free film. Place over the window and pull off the ice when you come back to your car.
8)Breath warmth dispenser.
9)Water activated colored salt. Identifies where patches of ice are while melting the ice and providing a colorful decoration.
10)Lighted animal collar. To keep track of your pets while letting them out at night.