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Top Ten Ideas (updated)

  • Modular compartments
  • 6 would buy the product (liz, jonathan, lauren, jordan, guy from midwest mountaineering, nic); price (respective order): 130, 150, 70, 50, 175-85, 50
  • Turtle shell pack (front and back pack)
  • no one really was fond of the bag being in front, making them look silly; no price given
  • Moldable body conforming pack
  • 4 would buy the product (lauren, jordan, liz, austen); price (respective order): 50, 50, 90, 65)
  • Rotating swivel bandolier bag
  • only one liked this idea (lauren); would purchase as a day bag at 20
  • Puffy Jacket with jumbo foldable backpack in back pocket
  • 3 would buy this product (meron, terry, nic,
  • Interlocking capsule pack
  • no takers on this one...
  • Stackable compartments combing in into one large capsule
  • zilch (this would have been better as a novelty item and not for my intended purpose)
  • Moldable straps that go down your central torso
  • Stick on pockets

These were the top five (by default?) ideas listed from my surveys


  1. Modular compartments

  2. Moldable body conforming pack

  3. Rotating swivel bandolier bag

  4. Puffy Jacket with jumbo foldable backpack in back pocket

  5. Moldable straps that go down your central torso


EXAMPLE OF IDEA STUDY: Modular Backpack

A lot of backpacks have this option as regular pockets inform of the main compartment, but wouldn't it be nice to customize the amount of pockets you might need or not need? and attach anywhere you feel comfortable reaching?

So I went and did a little research to see if this feature would be plausible and original idea.

Modular trek pack (features):

  • Modular compartments/pockets that can be detached attached in any arrangement for day trips, serious field work and traveling
  • Has organizers that one can specialize what items they contain
  • Uses a locking slide on/buckle system to interlock with one another
  • Main backpack frame is a flat net system/ net web
  • Builds up vertically for better trekking support but can be staked horizontally and on sides
  • Add on compartments can be attached onto one another

This idea seems to fit the areas of NUF pretty nicely


Boxes are used as a rating out of five 'blocks' for processing in my mind.

NOVEL: [][][][][
This idea seems pretty unknown to many people i've asked around, and
there seems to be an absence in the revel, outdoor and biking stores i've been visiting.
More research should be done to see if this idea has been conceptualized though...

FEASIBLE: [][][][
With good craftsmanship and experimentation this product should be pretty reasonable
to obtain. Making it comfortable and concentrating on ease of use would be factors to consider.

USEFUL: [][][][][]
Why the Heck not?! i feel that this could be really versatile option for users who wear many hats and makes the need to have more than one backpack obsolete. One essential go to bag!

THE RESEARCH

The tried and true test of originality comes in the form of a simple internet search. i was excited- but also worried- about what results I would find. I was so sure that modular backpack was a novel idea, and it sort of... wasn't.... SORT of.


the search for 'modular backpack' led me to this

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a lot. of. military. bags.


One backpack was a commercial type backpack, one that was inspired from the military/police style modular style. 'The Mission Arkiv System Bags.

2x2 arrangement for Modular Paks
2x2s_1.jpg


Modular Backpack Fixed Costs:
materials:
45' X 52' sheet of 15 Mil Polyethylene Hay Tarp: $300-550 a sheet
Cordura fabric: $10.99 per Linear Yard
Assorted pack of Zippers: beginning from $7.99
Buckles: $8.99 for a ten pack
Denier nylon: $9.95/10 yds


I applied this process the rest of my ideas: a lot of items didn't exactly match an idea, so i searched for specific properties; like for moldable strap insoles i searched the material properties instead, which lead me to find various mold insulation products.


Stick on pockets

2x2s_4.jpg


Fixed Cost
45' X 52' sheet of 15 Mil Polyethylene Hay Tarp: $300-550 a sheet
Cordura fabric: $10.99 per Linear Yard
Assorted pack of Zippers: beginning from $7.99
Buckles (for clipping onto exterior of bag): $8.99 for a ten pack

Rotating swivel bandolier bag

2x2s_2.jpg

Fixed Cost
45' X 52' sheet of 15 Mil Polyethylene Hay Tarp: $300-550 a sheet
Cordura fabric: $10.99 per Linear Yard
Assorted pack of Zippers: beginning from $7.99
Buckles: $8.99 for a ten pack
Denier nylon: $9.95/10 yds

Puffy Jacket with jumbo foldable backpack in back pocket

2x2s_3.jpg

Fixed Cost
Nylon: $7.95/ yd
Assorted pack of Zippers: beginning from $7.99
Buckles: $8.99 for a ten pack

Moldable straps that go down your central torso

2x2s_5.jpg

Fixed Cost
Bulk Roll Insole Material 42"x48"x5/32": $62.99/ roll

2 Comments

Kirby-

You did a really nice job of having variable products. I would love a modular bag!I'm not quite sure how it's still 'winter' related, but that's okay. The 'stick on pockets' idea really made me laugh! Maybe you could pitch the idea to 3M with the post-its. I think you may have forgotten to do the part with the patents?

Your entry for this assignment is very clean and clear of your attention. I can see that you did a good job on focusing on each part of the assignment. However, it seems that you forgot to do the patent research. Also, trimming the picture a little bit so it won't get in the way of 2x2 lines would be a lot better to see what you have to display.

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