Elevator Pitch: Mold Detector

21 نوفمبر
2010

Our product is for anyone living in an apartment, house, or other man-made living space who is concerned about their exposure to molds and other harmful allergens or bacteria. Molds are often hard to detect and can have harmful effects on the human body, some of which can be fatal. This is why we offer an innovation to make the detection of mold in household environments an easier, more accurate process. With sensors that are designed to pick up the presence of mycotoxins, the harmful toxins released by mold, in the immediate environment, our product can readily signal to the user that the current condition of their home is detrimental to their health. By removing the possibility of human error which often occurs during mold inspections, a person’s living conditions and health can be significantly bettered, therefore preventing conditions such as asthma and a variety of allergic reactions from developing.

Supporting Research:

Mold Entrances
Mold spores can enter a household through open doorways, windows, heating systems, ventilation and air conditioning units. They attach themselves to your clothing and can even be brought in by pets. When they find the right conditions they grow and contaminate the air in your home….

General Mold Information

Toxic Molds in Homes, Stachybotrys chartarum

Molds in Your Home Can Cause Health Problems and Structural Damage

The home buying and selling community is abuzz with talk about insurance and liability issues involving stachybotrys chartarum, also known as black mold or toxic mold. Some homeowners have even burned down their homes, and everything in them, because they felt it was the only way to eradicate toxic mold from their surroundings.

Molds in your Home

Mold health issues are potentially harmful effects of molds.

Molds (also spelled “moulds”) are ubiquitous in the biosphere, and mold spores are a common component of household and workplace dust. However, when mold spores are present in abnormally high quantities, they can present a health hazard to humans, potentially causing allergic reactions, producing mycotoxins,[1] or causing fungal infection (mycosis)….

Mold Health Issues

Water Damage, Mold and House Insurance

You’ve had water damage in your house due to a burst pipe, a roof leak or a heavy summer storm. You hope that your insurance will cover the damage. What to do? First, read about mold below. You may not know the implications of water and mold damage.

Mold Damage

****Field research is pending for when Jessie Hughes goes to mold ridden St. Croix. Stay tuned for the juicy details by Friday!****

2 تعليقان to Elevator Pitch: Mold Detector

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ShabiG

نوفمبر 23rd, 2010 at 12:42 م

Think about statement 5 on the elevator pitch, why is your concept better than what exists today?

Also, please upload your research findings as well as your findings from your field research.

Additionally, don’t finalize your concept yet, let this remain as one idea. Continue brainstorming alternate ideas and please upload your brainstorming activities as well.

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ShabiG

نوفمبر 25th, 2010 at 2:11 م

Before your team begins your field research, I will suggest a few things. First of all take a look at the power point that I presented on Innovation: http://rand.gatech.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/What-is-Innovation1.pdf. This will give your team a good idea of what type of information you want to gather through research. You can take a few approaches to this research. You can perform observational research, interviews, or document your own experiences, or as a group you can do a combination of all three.

To perform observational research, you would want to pick the right setting and the right time to go to an area and watch how people act and use the space. In doing this activity all you are doing is watching, taking pictures, and taking notes on what you see.

Your team could also interview some people. You can choose to interview people who are disabled, as well as experts. In interviewing people make sure that you use open ended questions, and focus on asking people questions about their experiences, try and stay away from asking them directly if they like your idea or asking them to provide you with a solution. Most people are not trying to solve the problem you are so they are not thinking about it all the time, and are not very good at articulating potential solutions. That is what you guys do as designers. The research should be used to identify the problems and learn more about the experiences people go through.

Lastly you can simply document your own experiences. Your team can plan an activity. Your team would then document your entire experience, pain points, things that worked well, ect.

Through the research, Capture what people do, how they behave, document other objects that are involved in the experience, document the environmental characteristics that affect the experience, document the messaging and signage that helps guide people, document the services if any that are being provided as part of the experience. Additionally document your own personal experiences, how did you feel, were you confused, stressed, where did you look for answers, ect

The more you document the more insights your group can gather which will lead better brainstorming and ideation.

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