To start this assignment, I began by taking one of the top rated ideas from my brainstorming session and applying to SAMPLE method of idea generation to it. The product idea I chose to examine and experiment with was the magnetic fingers glove (pictured below):
S: Substitute - For substitution I asked questions like: Can I use other materials? and Can I change the procedure? I came up with a list of possible ideas, including: Velcro fingertips, Hooked fingertips, Electro-magnets, or even moving the coat pocket to the glove itself. Ultimately I ended up expanding upon the Velcro-Tipped glove.
C: Combine - For this part I asked: Can I merge with other products? I came up with some ideas including: using spare electric charge from magnets as a hand warmer, integrating keys into the finger tips, or combining a wallet's card-holding capabilities with the glove/mitten.
A: Adapt - For this, I asked: What else is it like? and What ideas outside my field can I incorporate. After coming up with several other products that act in similar ways (Velcro, hooks, claw games, etc...)
M: Magnify - For this part, I asked: Can I add extra features? After some brief brainstorming, I landed on a product that has additional fingers below that clamp to the finger magnets, letting the user grab small objects with just one finger:
P: Put to Other Use - I came up with a couple ideas for alternative uses: A children's game, involving picking up and sorting metal pieces with the gloves; an alternative method of storage (refrigerator doors etc...); or a tool/small parts holder.
E: Eliminate - I chose to eliminate a large number of magnets used in the glove. I think this will simplify the use of the glove, as the user just needs to use their index finger to "poke" and grab things with the magnet:
R: Reverse/Rearrange - For this, I thought of rearranging the placement of the magnets withing the gloves. I also considered what would happen if I reversed the intention of the magnet gloves. This resulted in a glove that pushed away things you would try to pick up and did not seem helpful.
I decided to go with placing the magnets on the tops or fingernails of the gloves, which allows more use of the hands when holding a metal object. Additionally, this could open up some customization opportunities with decorative fingernails on the gloves:
For my next step, I created a morphological analysis of the same magnetic gloves mentioned earlier. I looked at three functional requirements of these gloves: Insulation, Means of holding a small object, and Allows for use of hands -
This graph inspired my to create 2 additional product ideas:
The next step involved looking at the silly idea and making them practical. Interestingly enough, one of the silly ideas presented in the brainstorming session inspired the magnet gloves mentioned earlier. It was the Vac-gloves, they use suction to pick things up, much like the magnets in the fingertips of the magnet gloves: