Is still creative is it's prompted by a structured course of action? I don't know, but today we're saying yes. Robot creativity, okay not really, but it's definitely not blue sky ideation. Here's how my process went.
Haven't had time to go through the whole process of uploading the sketches, but here they are on Flickr.
Luckily we did all this on my topic in class, so I got some ideas from people who spoke up in class. Thanks guys!
Archetypal product: Ice scraper!
Blade made of condensed salt
With a flashlight
Make blade similar to paint scraper, give flexibility
Longer reach/telescoping handle
Put to other use:
Scraping dirt from shoe sole
No handle, brass knuckle scraper
Pull instead of push scraper
The issues that I determined we were dealing with was force and ease of operation, because we need to use a lot of force, but doing so reduces the ease of operation.
This suggested that I use these concepts:
13. The other way around
-Invert the actions
-Turn the object (or process) "upside down"
28. Mechanics substitution
-Replace a mechanical means with a sensory (optical, acoustic, taste, or smell) means
-Use electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields to interact with the object
-Change from static to movable fields, from unstructured fields to those having
-Use fields in conjunction with field-activated (e.g. ferromagnetic) particles
35. Parameter changes
-Change the object's physical state (e.g. to a gas, liquid, or solid)
-Change the concentration or consistency
-Change the degree of flexibility
-Change the temperature
From doing TRIZ, I came up with the following three ideas:
Ability to lock yourself into the ground for increased leverage
The good ones!
So I don't want to upload all the photos again, but here's the list with pics of ones I haven't uploaded yet:
Paint scraper imitation
"Brass knuckle" scraper
Built in heater
Hilt to guard hand