pink albatross

11 نوفمبر
2010

-Eliah Cappi

-Win Collier

-Shannon Zhang

-Olivia Pan

[In]dependence on/from conventional energy sources

7 تعليقات to pink albatross

Avatar

ShabiG

نوفمبر 11th, 2010 at 10:22 م

I think this could be a very interesting topic area, but lets narrow the focus. How does your team plan on researching this topic? What is the field activity that your team plans on doing? Can you narrow the focus down to something you can observe.

Avatar

pink albatross

نوفمبر 12th, 2010 at 5:27 ص

Hi Ms. Shabi,
In particular we’re going to focus on lap top power cords or extension cords, just looking at ways to stretch that wire that keeps you tied to the wall.
Sorry it was so vague, we wanted to make it more general so we could back track, just in case power cords turned out to be a dead end. We’re going to research this by looking in depth at power cords/extension cords and the negotiation of current life trying to keep up with rapidly evolving technologies. We might not do power cords in particular, but that’s our starting point. If this get’s approved we can 1) compare different extension cords/power adapters that people use, 2) look at the buildings and the lack of outlets, and how buildings have dealt with that, and 3) research online and by visiting electronics stores to see other models.

Avatar

pink albatross

نوفمبر 14th, 2010 at 1:43 م

Hi Ms. Shabi,

I’m sorry for taking so long to get back to you, I still haven’t been able to get in contact with my group. Can I pass an idea by you? By looking at the dependence of technology and the conversation between the environment, situation and people, could we look at redesigning tools for college students in a high tech environment?

So we could possibly look at redesigning power cords, or book bags, or any other sort of all-encompassing object/system for us to use to make getting through our days easier? Our field activity could be exploring existing book bags and tools that we use now, and seeing how well they fit into our technology demanding environment, as well as our physical environment. It’s kind of like redesigning the shopping cart, but we’d be looking at our personal items we use in school. We could people watch and see how people behave to their objects and see better ways to facilitate use of those objects, and better ways for the object to maximize its potential? What do you think?

Avatar

pink albatross

نوفمبر 16th, 2010 at 6:22 م

Hi Ms. Shabi,
How about this?

As a student at tech, I am quite familiar with the importance of the laptop throughout a student’s day-to-day life. Obviously, in order to use a laptop, one must have access to some sort of energy source, whether that is battery power or outlet power via a charging cord. We believe this dilemma often causes a student to dictate their daily path based on the places that they will be able to use a power outlet (especially in cases where students have inefficient batteries).

We think it would be interesting to look at this dilemma and propose several products or processes to deal with this problem. We believe the solutions that are gained from this analysis will lead to systems that could be applied to larger systems and other cases where people are limited by the dependence on a power outlet.

To begin, we plan on analyzing student laptop use patterns throughout campus to find if in fact students decide upon certain study locations based on the presence of a power outlet. This can be done by a visual study of student traffic as well as a survey asking students about preferred study locations and reasons they may choose to use them (i.e. rank importance of power outlets, quiet factor, etc…).

Although the power cord is an important factor in our analysis, we do not seek to remake (necessarily) a new power cord.

Our over-arching theme would be the human dependence on a power source.

Avatar

ShabiG

نوفمبر 12th, 2010 at 10:06 م

By focusing on power cords, your team is taking a product focused topic, which limits your teams ability to discover a truly novel innovation. By starting with a product focus you are limiting your project to a product innovation. Can we re-frame the topic that allows the team to focus on an activity or a problem centric focus. My other question to your group is how does wireless play into this research? Wireless technologies allow a user to use their laptops without the need of a power cord at all.

It seems as though your team is interested on the dependence of technology and how the environment and situation can either support or hinder people’s ability to interact with technology. If that is true, then that could be a very interesting topic area that could allow for a variety of innovation opportunities. Perhaps you could think about what it is that interests you about this problem and define a topic area based on that interest.

Based on my suggestions try and re-frame your topic area and post a new comment sharing the changes your team has made.

Avatar

ShabiG

نوفمبر 14th, 2010 at 11:15 م

I don’t want students to focus on products as a product focus only allows for a product innovation. Thus, i don’t think your team should focus on tools for college students, but I think an interesting idea could be focusing on the activity. Thus, your team could look at the dependence of technology and the conversation between the environment, situation and people, could analyze the activities that college students engage in, in a high tech environment. So rather than focusing on redesigning power cords or book bags your team should take an activity focus. By analyzing the activities this will allow your team to find innovative solutions that could include products, services, or process, or a combination of the three. Does this make sense?

If you would like to discuss this more we can meet MW from 1:30 -6.

Avatar

ShabiG

نوفمبر 16th, 2010 at 9:38 م

I think your team has made some very good changes to your topic area. I think this can be a very interesting project with some very interesting global implications.

I will make a new category label for your team: Human Dependence on Power, please use this category label every time your team uploads a post.

Comment Form

You must be logged in to post a comment.

top