Final idea selection!
After narrowing my ideas down to the top 5, it is now time to select the one to be pitched on Tuesday.
I started by making a Pugh Chart to help analyze the ideas. I selected the vibrating shovel as a base idea. It was always a favorite of mine early on, but I have become less excited about the idea as the semester has progressed.
I was not surprised to see the heated sidewalk score so low. It has been done before so many times, and energy concerns with the solar panel had been making me re-think that idea. The car window cover is obviously feasible, but it exists in so many variations that I feel it is not worth pursuing. The snow fort block mold shovel is an interesting idea, but I feel that getting people to actually use the thing would be a bit difficult, when there are easier-to-use products that specialize in one area or the other. This leaves me to select the igloo mold as my final product, as I have not found anything remotely similar on the market, nor was I able to find any patents on the idea. I believe that it would be feasible, given that there are large inflatable structures that can hold upwards of 1000 pounds of kids climbing all over them. I believe that given the right materials and a decent pump, the igloo mold would be able to withstand the pressure of snow on top of it. By pouring water over the snow once it is on the mold, the resulting structure should be very stable and resistant to collapse. The inflatable material would also make it cheap to manufacture and easy to store. For these reasons, I believe it to be the most suitable product for continuation.
Here is a video of my elevator pitch.