Through market opportunity identification, market research, business
model generation, and iterative concept development present fully realized growth design
solutions. Work in a team of two to develop a design-driven concept that could add a 20% growth in a new business category to a company of their choosing. Deliverables will include a process book including research, concept generation, a business model canvas, prototype development, and a formal pitch book. Final solutions tobe presented as a pitch to individuals in the industry.
Time Period: 10 Weeks
Barns are habitats to cow, who produce a lot of manure which needs to be cleaned everyday. If upkeep is not done then the manure can cause various to the cows and the farmhands, hence it is imperative that this manure is cleaned and collected. This job is not the most attractive job to a human being as it is seen as filthy, moreover safety kits are need to not risk catching diseases. Due to these reasons and how frequently it needs to be done, automation in this field could be highly beneficial.
Drain and Pipe Cleaning
Drain and Pipeline systems have become severly complex over the years, however the cleaning methods are still the orthodox methods used from 1980 onwards. Hence a modern smart solution to industrial pipeline cleaning would be a novel innovation. Drains and pipes are a big maze and inaccessible by humans due to their small size, a automated robotic solution would be highly efficient in this field.
Septic Tank Cleaning
Cleaning septic tanks is a filthy and expensive job, moreover it’s life threatening if not done with the proper measures. This field is highly specialized and not many people are in it. It’s dangerous and expensive nature calls for a need of automation in this field. Automation would make this activity safer, cheaper and more efficient overall
Solar Panel Cleaning
After doing the basic groundwork on Irobot we generated a business model canvas, encompassing all the data we collected. This canvas traces all of Irobot’s current business structure.
Moreover this canvas aided us in indentify the operating cost structure of the company and the partnerships Irobot has with other firms along with it’s other resources such as it’s extensive tech patent list and highly skilled employees
Ship Hull Cleaning
The purpose of underwater hull cleaning is to remove biological roughness or fouling. A build-up of marine fouling can lead to increased drag, resulting in a detrimental impact on a vessel's hydrodynamic performance and hence the relationship between speed, power performance and fuel consumption. However this process right now is very expensive requiring special diving training and is generally a dangerous job. Automation in this field is tough but if developed properly, can work wonders
Reflection and Next Steps
This Project helped me get an in-depth understanding of the business side of design by encouraging me to think about a new market segment and how it would affect Irobot's business. Over the course of 10 weeks, I was able to enhance my research skills, design thinking, ideation, and CAD skills. I was also able to improve my speaking and presentation skills as I presented my final concept to a panel which consisted of industry leaders ranging from entrepreneurs to designers. As the next step for this project, my partner and I would like to collaborate with a development team and create a prototype. We would also look into IP and existing patents so that we can develop a robot that is one of its kind.
This project was completed in collaboration with Indrashish Dutta Roy over a course of 10 weeks for Innovation by Design at Rhode Island School of Design