Re: 1HDC - Topic Suggestions

Postby Lmo » July 15th, 2012, 11:14 am

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I'm 61. My blood pressure was high but is now controlled by two tablets I take every day. I was blessed to be born into a family with propensity toward high cholesterol, so I take two caplets for that every morning. I am hypothyroid, which is controlled by a little bitty tablet that I will have to take every morning for the rest of my life. So, what's that five tablets so far? Oh yeah, as men get older the tendency is to have lower than normal levels of Vitamin D, so I take an over the counter supplement. And just to be on the safe side (my doctor tells me) I take a baby aspirin every morning to thin my blood and lessen the likelihood of a heart attack.. .. so, that's seven things I take every morning, and they all come in a plastic bottle. I go through roughly 80 bottles a year and had been saving them for some reason, perhaps thinking that I would come across some clever use for them. But finally, having a box full of them, I decided to throw them in the "recycle bin".

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I had lunch with my buddy Johann yesterday; he's my pharmacist and I see him every other week or so when I pick up my prescriptions. I asked Johann how many prescription bottles, of various sizes, he went through a month. He had never really considered it before and it took a few minutes of pondering; his estimate came out to a remarkable number ... 4,100 bottles per month. 49,200 prescription bottles per year.

The Rite-Aid pharmacy that Johann manages is only one of 52 local pharmacies within a fifteen mile radius. Do the math, if these other pharmacies have similar usage numbers that is 2,558,400 bottles per years. San Luis Obispo county is a rural area with a population of 270,000. That's roughly 9.5 bottles per year for everyone in the county. A little overly simplified math reveals 300,000,000 (US population) x 9.5 bottles per person, per year = 2,850,000,000 little brown plastic prescription bottles... just in the US.

There must be a better way to dispense drugs. They can not, by law, be dispensed in used containers (say you wanted to have your prescriptions refilled into the bottles you had) because they are not sterile, they must be "child proof", and of course they must have a label on them. Sizes vary dependent upon the size of the medication.

So there's your challenge. Design a new pharmaceutical dispensing system.
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Re: 1HDC - Topic Suggestions

Postby cash68 » July 16th, 2012, 1:49 pm

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That's definitely a design problem, but I think it's worthy of a bit more than 1 hour of sketching, no? Seems more like a design contest without such limited constraints.

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Postby Travisimo » July 16th, 2012, 4:48 pm

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cash68 wrote:That's definitely a design problem, but I think it's worthy of a bit more than 1 hour of sketching, no? Seems more like a design contest without such limited constraints.


usually constraints make good design solution more interesting...

Re: 1HDC - Topic Suggestions

Postby Mr-914 » January 10th, 2013, 6:59 pm

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How about knee braces?

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Mr-914 wrote:How about knee braces?

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Our guy wasn't wearing one and broke his knee too. Design them Skins a new field. Or, design what happens between field and cleat. Go Hawks!

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Postby nxakt » January 11th, 2013, 3:04 am

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There is so much going on inside a knee. To externalized a support with all of the degrees of motion and freedom is a couple orders of magnitude above all of our pay grade.

Designing out the injury in football would be harmful to why people watch the game. You either gladiator everyone up, or remove all of the protection ala rugby.

How about sketch a new team game? Rollerball comes to mind. The trampoline game in "The Prisoner". The weird European bike race with the motorcycles with the standing riders and the bikes racing behind. Other games in works of fiction.

Some ideas:
    Smart drone balls. (pun away) change character and direction according to given factors.
    Smart fields. Laser drafting from above of zones and game lines.
    Interactive with audience.
    Dynamic configuration fields. Same as above lasers or physical movement. Literally moving the goalposts.

Re: 1HDC - Topic Suggestions

Postby Travisimo » January 11th, 2013, 3:09 am

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I like the sports theme... there are so many ways to look at improvements and products

Re: 1HDC - Topic Suggestions

Postby Mr-914 » February 18th, 2013, 8:52 am

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Saw this on a blog today. It's an excerpt from a letter by the artist Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse (no idea who those two are...):

Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any preconceived form, idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be…


Maybe a bad design 1 hour challenge?
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Postby nxakt » February 19th, 2013, 2:22 am

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Mr-914 wrote:
Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any preconceived form, idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be…


Maybe a bad design 1 hour challenge?



I like it. Maybe "opposite handed design" challenge? Only use left hand for right handers and the opposite. Ambidextrous users will have to come up with something more challenging or sit this one out. :)

Re: 1HDC - Topic Suggestions

Postby Mr-914 » February 20th, 2013, 2:50 pm

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Shaw: OMG that opposite handed challenge would be awesome. Lots of trash talking would be ensured.

Another idea: based on this blog: http://ashcraftsketchbook.blogspot.ca/

Weird car ideas based on something existing. Porsche 911 pick-ups and off-road Lamborghini Countaches etc.

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that blog is amazing

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Postby yo » February 20th, 2013, 10:27 pm

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Re: 1HDC - Topic Suggestions

Postby Mr-914 » February 21st, 2013, 3:34 pm

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Yo!: Yes please!

I guess the snowmobile/jet ski market is managed by people with no imagination. "We need to do this now...because our competitor did!"
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Postby Lmo » March 1st, 2013, 4:18 pm

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Weird car ideas based on something existing.


Why hold back, it's only paper, right?

Let's try.... 3/4 Ton BMW AWD PickUp truck (and try not to obscure the kidneys with the front winch).

Close, but not quite there .... looks like a car, too soccer-mom, not aggressive enough.

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Re: 1HDC - Topic Suggestions

Postby [dk] » March 10th, 2013, 6:27 pm

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@yo - the engineering department on school here is currently trying to design/build a car based solely off that. If I had the time I'd throw in some work for them, even though it's silly :lol: .

I'd really like to get involved in the next 1hdc, lets get one started!

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