How might we make prosthetics/orthotics more adaptable?
My General Ideas
These are some of the idea’s I gave my brainstorming participants beforehand. I gave them to the group a day before and showed them again right before we did it. I also provided a summary of my interviews and the key learnings I got from all of them.
New Warm-Up Game
The new warm up game I decided to go with is a written and verbal activity that gets people's minds in the creative mood. Each participant starts with a note card and writes down three words to start a sentence. After they write it down the individual passes their card to the left and then next person writes three words to continue the sentence. After the card gets around the table, they starter of the card puts a period and three more words. The rules are that you have 10 seconds to come up with the words and they cannot repeat. Each card will make three passes as well. When the sentences are finished the original starter of each card reads it off to the group.
Location: The session took place in a bridges corner apartment at the island. There are large windows and good lighting to boost creativity. We sat around the island so everyone was able to feel included and speak up when they had an idea. Two people were across from each other and in a relatively close distance.
We warmed up with my game and zip zap from class to get everyone a little more lively.
Participants: 4 participants total; 2 sophomore, 2 juniors,
Of the 4 participants, all of them worked out regularly so they understand the mechanics of the body. One of them wears insoles which is related to our topic of prosthetics and orthotics. Another tore his ACL in high school so he generally wears a knee brace when working out. The last participant has had a dad with knee surgery. He also fits in well because his dad was an avid skier and I just happened to interview another person who knows about the process of recovery. All of them were glad to help out and provided some great insight to our group's topic.
Sorting and Voting
After the brainstorming session we laid out all of the sketches and did multi-sorting of what we liked before categorizing. After we got down to the favorites we then categorized them into: aesthetic, technology, core design, and fun ideas. Our session went for 45 minutes and we came up with 32 ideas which is a 0.71 IPM. We narrowed it down to 16 solid ideas and eventually came down to the final 10 that I re-sketched.