This assignment was to create more concrete ideas that are more plausible and marketable than earlier assignments have produced. I choose to improve the snow blower, I wanted the tool to become easier to use or cheaper by replacing parts or materials.
This is my morphological analysis matrix that I used for my table. I choose three main components of the blower: moves snow, means of movement, and traction.
These are some of the Ideas that came from it:
Next I did my SCAMPER:
Substitute: Solar Blower-Replaced gas power with renewable energy.
Combine: Ice Chipper Blower-This adds a chipper unit to reduce amount of hard snow pack, as well as ice.
Adapt: Hose Attachment-For this one I added a hose attachment to get soft snow off small areas the blower cannot reach because of weight, size, or user capabilities.
Magnify: Roblower-Here is the Roblower essentially an robotic, Roomba like snow blower. You use a computer program to plan the route of your driveway so it doesn't work off sensors and it takes way less time to do its job. And you don't have to go outside to do it!
Put to Other Use: Wheelchair Accessible Blower-This makes it so a person using a wheelchair can blow their own snow. Basically its an attachment to a wheelchair and the user moves it using their wheelchair.
Eliminate: Shoveler-I removed the circular feed with a shovel that scoops it into a hopper to be blown away.
Reverse/ Rearrange: Pull Blower-You pull this blower instead of push it.
After reviewing the blue sky brain storming I found these to be the best ideas:
Iron Man inspired snow suit. This basically supports your body so there is less stress to the joints and back which is where most of the injuries come from when shoveling.
These are called Snow Sheets, you put them over your roof and after it snows you pull off the sheet with the snow and your roof is sparkley clean!
My ten best ideas:
Strength Enhancing Snow Suit
Ice Chopper Blower