We were told to revise our problem statements. As a recap, mine are below:
The intrepid winter wanderer needs a way to keep his/her face warm because otherwise it will get damaged.
Rationale: Curt saying without a cover your nose will freeze.
We need a way to stay warm while still being able to talk on the phone because these days people demand both.
Rationale: Jeff is worried about this.
I changed mine to "how might we" questions, and added a third question as well. Here are my three questions:
"How might Jeff wear a face mask while still talking on his phone?"
"How might Tammy prevent her glasses from fogging up while wearing a face mask?"
"How might Zach prevent a mess from nose output from building up in his face mask?"
Tammy is a biologist who normally lives in Arizona.
Riley is an endodontist (a specialized kind of dentist) from Canada/Ireland.
I know this picture is of the incorrect orientation but I am unable to fix it.
Danielle is an electrical engineering student from Israel.
Jeff is a lawyer from Michigan specializing in sports law.
Everyone was told of the general idea of our brainstorming session and came to the meeting with ideas.
Riley offered the use of his hot tub to relax everyone.
I know this picture is also of the incorrect orientation but I am unable to fix it.
We then had a snack.
Improv game time! I was just in Chicago last week for my brothers wedding. I brought back lots of little bubbles. We tried doing the most startling things possible with bubbles.
I brought props so we could envision the problem better and try acting out the scenario.
This should be the last picture with a format problem. Again, I was unable to figure out how to fix it.
After I read the problem statement/how can we statement, we all sat for a few minutes and generated ideas by ourselves. Following each idea generation, each person read their idea aloud so others would know what was thought of. Next, everyone commented on all of the first ideas, trying to spin off new ideas. After each person reflected we voted on the best ideas of each category (titled unimaginatively "Glasses", "Snot", and "Phone" and ranked the top few. The IPM was low, around .4.
The ideas were sorted and ranked at the end.
The first category was cell phone use:
Having a velcro mouth flap.
Having a pocket in the mask in which for your phone to slide.
A small pocket for a bluetooth headset.
A throat mike which attaches to the bottom of the mask.
An ear flap attached by velcro.
Constraints that were brought up included condensation on the technology and ease of cleaning the mask.
The second category was eyewear fogging up:
A mask with air exiting a different place than traditional.
A mask with mouth vents.
Riley suggested some features from some surgical masks. The first one has a bendable metal piece on top so no air goes up.
This mask has a band of felt on top so air and heat will be trapped.
Tammy, who dives, suggested applying a scuba anti-fog coating to the lenses.
Constraints that were brought up included worries of makeup being ruined.
For fun, the third category was sneezing in the mask:
No pictures, but the top idea was a "Darth Vader" flap covering the nose and mouth.
Several flap fasteners were discussed in general. Top ideas for fasteners were magnets and silicon on silicon.
Other ideas generated were:
Your face on a mask (potential Uncanny Valley problems)
Hair considerations (where should it fasten?)
A Mask connecting to earmuffs, hooking over ears
Different colors to coordinate with coat or accessories
Sport team masks
A soft inside-not neoprene.
On to the next step!