LA – week 2

The second week of this semester we were handed three different learning activities. I choose to do two of them, and this is the second one I did. This task was based on the SCAMPER method we learned about this week. 

This Learning Activity was about the SCAMPER-method. We use the SCAMPER-method as a tool to create ideas. SCAMPER stands for:

* Substitute something.
* Combine it with something else.
* Adapt something else into it.
* Modify or Magnify it.
* Put it to some other use.
* Eliminate something.
*Reverse or Rearrange it.

First I was handed a teaspoon to adapt each of the SCAMPER techniques into it. So first I modified the edges of the spoon by putting a plastic around the edges of the ladle at the spoon, which changes color in line with the temperature of the liquid in comes in contact with. And so on I eliminated the handle of the teaspoon, and then rearranged the spoon by enlarging the rest of the spoon including the plastic edge. Then I adapted a small end with a hole to the spoon. In the hole I put a thread with small information note. On the note there are color and temperature identification so that you easily will remember which color the plastic will be in the different temperatures. By adapting the end and thread and then combine the spoon with the note I now have put the spoon in other use (measuring temperatures in liquid). And in the end I want to substitute the metal with wood so that the new “Cup-spoon” will be lighter than the metal would.

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This is a product that combines the basic properties that you find in a spoon, a cup and a thermometer. It will be a space saving and easy object mostly for hikers and travellers that have limited of space for their equipment in the bags and backpacks. I would sell this product to the group of the population that regularly hikes in the mountain or in the depth of the woods. This is relevant for people that are going to be away from places with access to clean water for a longer time, so that they will be enabled to drink from rivers or small waterfalls. It can also be used for food that is easily made on hikes or longer trips, so the spoon can be used to eat soup or other liquid-ish foods. And the plastic that measures temperatures will be handy when you would want to know the temperature on the lake, some food or anything other liquid.

At first I though this task would be hard to solve, but when I just played around with all of the principles in the SCAMPER-method, and also tried to tell my mind “everything is possible, so I (my mind) should not be the one to stop new ideas”. So with this mindset I ended up whit a whole lot of ideas, but I figured that I would do something that actually can be made with the recourses we have today. So I wanted the simple and also new (? I don’t think this already exists). This spoon could be a thing that will fit some of the population perfectly, but I’m not in the group of people that go for long hikes, so this is just a result of assumptions that this item will be in good use for someone.

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I started the task to design a new packaging for rice; it was Okay to start this task with the practice from the task with the spoon. So I sketched down some simple ideas for each of the scamper methods. I ended up choosing the packaging for rice that probably would suit a big part of the population, including myself. It ended up as a cup of already cooked rice in cups with a removable cover and four portions based small cups in one package. The rice will easily be heated up in microwave or left in heated water for a few minutes. This package would suit someone that have limited time in their everyday, for example a student that also work out or is engaged in groups on school. The rice is already finished and just need heating; this will make the process of making the food faster and provide less dirty dishes. And also, in one cup there is only one portion so that we won’t be throwing away fully edible food.

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The other results of using the technique of SCAMPER are a To-Go cup of rice. I did not like this one because, who eat just rice? It would not be practical to eat rice on the go because the rice is in so small pieces that it would be spilled al over the one eating. Conclusion: NOT practical. Number three was rice in a water-soluble bag so that we provide the environment with less trash. But, what if you clean your hands and then lift the bag and suddenly there is a hole in the plastic, or its raining outside and water enters your bag then suddenly there would be rice over the entire floor or the other goods. Number four was a package of rice combined with an entire meal, but this already exists in Norway. You can actually buy a packaging of for example tandoori, which includes rice, marinade and powder sauce. So the only thing you’ll need to buy as well is a packaging of chicken. Number five I’ve put the rice to other use by making a packaging for “Phone-saving rice”. But I though this would not be needed because you can buy regular rice for the same purposes. Of course you can sell this and say tat this is rice that are specially made for absorbing more water after your phone has been exposed to water. But I think it’s unnecessary. Number six is a regular rice packaging for rice jus including this measuring spoon that will provide you with an easy way to measure portions for one person. It’s practical, but not revolutionary. I feel happy with the result of the first yoghurt inspired packaging for the finished and portioned rice.

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