Our assignment was to create a winter themed mind map, select three subcategories to further explore, and to come up with ten non-reality bound inventions from our mind map.
This is my map:
It's a pretty standard map, however there's one offshoot that I'd like to elaborate on. This subgrouop is called "That Feel." This describes the personal warm, fuzzy, christmas feeling I get when winter comes. I'm not sure if everyone gets this feeling, but I imagine it's what the "Christmas spirit" is. Either way, I tried to make some connections to it by seeing what comes to mind when I imagine that feeling. A culmination of these (coziness, the feeling of new, family, love, recursive) all provide me with those Christmas fuzzies.
This is why for the first subgroup I chose this idea of "That Feel." I also chose "Cold" and "Sales." Cold I chose because it to me seems like it will take the route of fashion. I also chose sales because it might lead to the area of department stores and marketing layouts.
1. Fire Gloves
These handheld flame-tossers would be perfect for melting your way through a deep patch of snow, or clear off your sidewalk and driveway. Possible hazards include 3rd degree burns and a new form of neo fire-bullying.
2. Chocolate Mugs
What's the one thing that can make egg nog any better?! That's right, Booze! And what's the one thing that can make even that better?! An edible white chocolate cup! As you drink the cup down, feel free to break off pieces of the cup and dip it in the drink! Considerations include messy hands and increased use of coasters.
3. Sled Shoes
Step aside snowboarding, this new toy takes carpet sliders to the extreme! Sled shoes are two, roughly foot sized mini-snowboards that essentially act as if you're magically sliding down the slope on your feet. New tricks and hilarious youtube falls anticipated.
4. Icicle Guillotine
Large icicles can be dangerous when hanging from your house (after all, you'll shoot your eye out kid!). The icicle guillotine allows for people on the grounds to safety chop down icicles from their gutters.
5. Secret Breath Pen
This toy plays on the idea of writing on foggy car windows with your finger and having it show back up when it fogs up later. The breath pen would be essentially a finger, but with stylish tips and stamps. The drawing could be made invisibly and then revealed when the drawer breathes on the window. Kids love to breath on things.
6. Light Gun
The light gun saves you hours of putting up lights by literally shooting lights on to your house, eliminating breaking out the pesky old ladder. The light gun can project your Christmas lights (almost) safely over 40 feet. Being a man just got that much cooler.
7. Snowball Gatlin
Every 10 year old's dream. The Snowball Gatlin Gun can turn a pile of snow into 50 snowballs and fire them all in under 8 seconds with snow reaching speeds upwards to 80mph. Swiveling action perfect for those outnumbered battles. Ages 3+.
8. Heated Snowsuit
This snowsuit takes the idea of a heating blanket and brings it to wearable use. A battery operated, heated core would keep the wearer warm all over. This could be great for long day treks, as well as keep hypothermia at bay for a lost hiker.
9. Cuddle-Me App
The Cuddle-Me app finds people around you who just want to cuddle up nicely around the Christmas season. Everyone likes having a cuddle buddy, especially at that time of year. Hot chocolate and a fire encouraged, strictly cuddling permitted only. Don't make it one of those kind of things.
10. Smelly Paintings
This idea I thought of when I thought about the different dates that people go on during the winter months. I thought about an art museum and how if there was some way to incorporate smell into the paintings, it would more so pull the viewer into the work. It's kind of like those movie theaters that have smell or mist. An open field could have the smell of prairie grasses blow lightly from the painting.
While many of these are not exactly realistic or practical, they could prove hold key ideas that could impose on similar concepts down the road.