My archetypical object is a blanket and here are my interrogative problem statements:
#1: How might we achieve the right level of warmth, ventilation and minimize bad odor with a blanket during winter? (Ideas may cater to some or all of these functions. Since warmth relates to ventilation and ventilation in turn relates to bad odor, I had to club these into one question).
#2: How might we design a socially acceptable and portable blanket?
Part 1: SCAMPER
SCAMPER's idea spurring questions yielded some interesting results this week.
Can I change its color, roughness, sound or smell?
Some of my interviewees wanted the color of their blankets to be pleasing and to merge with their décor. So, I thought it might be nice to provide a bunch of layers with a set color palette or theme. The desired colored layer can be manually brought to the top and fastened with the help of a hook and loop fastener.
What can be combined to maximize the number of uses?
This prompt triggered the idea of a poncho blanket, which can carry a tribal theme, a zombie theme, may be used as a winter coat or as a throw blanket.
What ideas can I incorporate?
This motivated me to research on some cool and innovative blanket ideas. One such idea was the IM Blanky-- a responsive blanket that changes its 3D form according to the user's position, with the help of tilt switch sensors: http://www.ctvnews.ca/smart-blanket-monitors-you-while-you-sleep-1.802204
Eliminate or Minify:
Can I compact it or make it smaller?
For this prompt, I came up with a double colored blanket could be compacted into a cushion. This could potentially find applications in the living room or even in the car.
Are there other patterns, layouts or sequences I can use?
For this prompt, the 'Central Park Outdoor Blanket and Cooler Bag' served as an inspiration: http://www.skiphop.com/product/centralpark.html
Here are the two sketches of Idea #1(blue) and Idea #2 (beige):
Part 3: Manipulating Silly Ideas
The matchbox blanket from last week was a way to collapse a blanket to the size of a tiny matchbox. While this may seem silly at first thought, the essence of this idea carries a lot of significance. I think it's very similar to the concept of a portable cushion cum blanket, where the blanket is essentially folded into a cushion form, which may be used in a car or in the living room.
Part 4: List of 10 Ideas