The goal of this week's assignment was to brainstorm more ideas addressing the questions: "How might we make frozen lakes safer in the
winter?" and "How might we save a victim drowning in cold water?". I also compiled the 10 best ideas that I've collected during this ongoing problem-solving endeavor.
SCAMPER with Ice Safety Picks
To generate more ideas, I had a short brainstorming session using the "SCAMPER" method. This technique involves making observations about a design and imagining various types of modifications that could be made. I chose to modify a basic tool already used to address my problem statements, handheld ice safety picks.
Below are some of my favorite sketches with short explanations.
I thought about ways to change the spike component of the device. I remembered a survival factoid about how fishing spears are more effective with multiple prongs, and thought the ice picks might improve with this modification.
I tried to mix the ice safety picks with a harpoon gun and sketched a grappling cannon.
Noticing a strong resemblance, I named the modification after the Hookshot from The Legend of Zelda video games.
After realizing that human tongues have the uncanny ability to stick to ice and metal poles, I thought that a drowning victim might be able to use sticky, handheld devices to climb out of frigid water.
I'm not entirely sure what aspect of the ice picks I magnified, but a large, spiked wheel with hand cranks seemed like an appropriately extreme modification to the original device.
I had trouble imagining creative alternate uses for small icepicks, but I did like the idea of hollowing them out and using them as a means of frosting desserts.
I didn't see much that could be removed from the basic ice pick design, but I decided that the handle wasn't entirely necessary. The metal prong could be attached directly to a winter glove.
Instead of a single spike in the middle of the handle, I considered a hollowed design with spikes lining the edge.
Some of my SCAMPER ideas were influenced by the morphological analysis I completed on the ice safety picks. I focused on the functional requirements "attaches to ice, attaches to user, and usable in cold water."
Reimagining Silly Ideas
Another additional source of ideas was the pile of silly ideas I had from last week's brainstorming session. Below are the best silly ideas reimagined to be more feasible.
A rapidly inflating lifeboat could displace the cold water around a drowning victim instead of a green man.A victim's coat could be filled with a tight-fitting, oily layer of insulation.
Top 10 Winter Ideas