Of the ideas that were generated in last weeks brainstorming session, these are the ones I'm interested in applying structured ideations techniques toward:
1. watch/clock mirror
2. sink that recycles handwashing water
3. sink buddy (talks to you)
4. Sink that flows water all around outer edge for self cleaning
Of these 4 ideas, I will choose clock mirror for the purpose of this assignment. The basic idea of the clock mirror was that there would be a clock embedded somewhere on the mirror (probably in an upper corner) to let you know how long you are taking in the bathroom and/or how much time you have left before needing to move on.
Using the SCAMPER method:
Question: Can I change it's color, roughness, sound or smell?
Maybe instead of having a clock embedded in the mirror, it can be replaced with a sound, smell or flashing light. There could be a speaker embedded in the mirror that announces the time at specified intervals. This could be a voice or just a specific number/duration of tones. It could also be a countdown clock like that used during launches. A grandfather clock "ding dong" sound perhaps.
Instead of a sound, how about a smell. If acting as a timer to notify when time is up or you need to leave for an event, how about a clock that at first emits a pleasant aroma and then begins to emit an unpleasant aroma as you are almost out of time (recycle some unpleasant aroma from the toilet?).
Mirror w/ audible or aroma alert
Lastly, how about colors. Have a flashing or steady light somewhere on the mirror. Maybe start the color out as green and then turn to yellow when your time is halfway gone or there is only a predetermined (set time in the clock) left before you need to leave for a specific event. If only ten minutes are left, the light will turn red and start flashing in one or multiple locations on the mirror.
Question: Can I combine or recombine its parts' purposes?
If the mirror serves as the door of a medicine cabinet. How about we translate the time reporting into the cabinet itself? Maybe we can have multiple clocks going on inside as reminders to take medications/vitamins/etc. or expiration reminders. Maybe the mirror can sense who the user is and light up that individuals row of toiletries when the cabinet is opened or both. If a clock is embedded in the mirror, that may mean a clock is behind a 2-way mirror. Maybe the entire mirror could be built such that a light can be turned on to see what is behind the mirror in the cabinet without opening it up.
Mirror that can be seen through when back light is turned on. Also, multiple clocks are running inside to notify when to take pills or if a certain medication has expired.
Question: What different contexts can I put my concept in?
How about a constant reminder of the time embedded in eyeglasses? I personally like this idea.
In the windshield of vehicles (I believe this has been done)?
Exterior house windows?
Surface of refrigerator?
Eyeglasses that have the time/date embedded in the corner of the lens. Also, exterior window with the time embedded.
Question: Can it do more things?
Make it an interactive touchscreen mirror. Maybe I need a calculator, weather report, built-in magnifier or just want to play games in addition to knowing the time. A built in heating element might help to defog the mirror and increase the useful mirror time in a steamy bathroom. In this case, lets put the mirror with all of these functionalities in the shower itself.
Interactive touchscreen mirror. Displays time and weather. Windows can be moved around. Has simple built in programs like a calculator and games. Has facial feature recognition that can aid in putting makeup on or shaving.
PUT TO OTHER USE
Question: How would a child use it? An older person? People with different disabilities?
A child would like a playful mirror, but parents may want something that promotes washing hands/brushing teeth. Why not both? Clock could change into something readable by children where children can see it. Maybe the children can't read a clock yet, the embedded clock could help teach them. Also, put games associated with washing hands/brushing teeth into the mirror. Make these tasks a game for the child. They can't play the games if they don't do either. Or maybe the mirror can be programmed to change its theme. How about a colors and crayons theme? My Little Pony? Barbie or princess? Interactive educational to learn math or alphabet? The mirror could also record and report how frequently hands have been washed or teeth brushed for encouragement to the children or just for reporting to the parents.
Mirror that stores and displays different themes depending on who the user is. This one has a colorful border and a sun shining from the corner.
How would an older person use the mirror? An elderly person could use the clock to notify them when to take pills. Maybe they have regular bowel movements, but can't sense them. The clock could also tell them when to go to the bathroom (this is sorta just a joke). They could use additional features in the mirror to help keep track of tasks completed, pills taken, location of objects. Where are my dentures? The mirror knows. Where did I say I was going 5 minutes ago that I forgot because of my alzheimers? The mirror knows.
How would a person with disabilities use the mirror? Depends on the disability. In a wheelchair, mirror rotates. Blind, mirror speaks. Mentally handicapped, mirror displays or blurts out instructions for basic daily activities. Helps mentally handicapped live on their own.
Question: How can I simplify it?
Let's not embed the clock in the mirror to begin with, but still have it built into the mirror. Maybe we don't want to build the clock into the mirror and just want to have it as a suction attachment. If we want to add/retain the interactivity, lets restrict the interactive portion of the mirror to 1/2 or 1/4 of the mirror.
Clock that attaches via suction cup to mirror. I think this has already been done.
Question: What if I try doing the exact opposite of what I originally intended?
My original intention was to have an embedded clock that would help manage time in the bathroom, specifically for arriving on time to planned activities.
Instead of keeping people on schedule. Let's put them to sleep. Let's play relaxing music and have the only lights in the bathroom coming from the mirror. The lights in the mirror would automatically dim with the music and have a calming/sleep inducing effect. Let's also spray some sort of downer at the unsuspecting individual to help induce sleep. Of course, there will be some sort of safety net to protect them from harm.
Bathroom mood lightener/sleep inducer. Plays relaxing music and dims lights. May also emit pleasant, relaxing aromas.
For my second structured ideation technique I will use a HIT Matrix. I am choosing to apply the HIT matrix to the clock/mirror idea and my general subtheme. I re-defined my general subtheme to be the sink-mirror interaction. I am going to Re-redefine the subtheme to specifically deal with sink-mirror interaction while shaving facial hair. The general mirror-sink interaction subtheme was intended to help include ladies in the brainstorming session since I suspect they don't typically use a mirror to shave/trim their beard, sideburns, or facial hair in general (depends on the lady I guess).
sink/mirror attributes: square, glass, ceramic, surface, bowl, reflective
shaving attributes: sharp, rechargeable, portable, disposable, adjustable
The following HIT matrix was produced:
After examining my HIT matrix, the matrix entries with the corresponding ideas they make me think or are as follows:
Disposable glass/disposable surface makes me think of disposable clear mirror sheets. Kind of like screen protectors for the mirror, but they aid in cleaning. If the mirror becomes too dirty, a sheet can be peeled of to expose a crystal clean surface.
Disposable reflective makes me think of some type of disposable reflective adhesive sheet that lets you turn anything into a mirror. Disposable clear mirror sheets.
Sharp reflective for some reason made me think of adding a video camera near the cutting element of a razor/trimmer. Instead of like an earlier idea where I mentioned the mirror could be a screen that is displaying side view from a side-mounted video camera, the mirror could be displaying the image being captured from the razor. You would see exactly where and how the razor is cutting (is it level? too high? too low?...etc.) Of course it may also need a windshield wiper.