HW8

HW 8, due Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

1. TRIZ:
  • a. TRIZ contains a 39x39 table for identifying things to improve about a particular technology (the 39 rows), conflicts that an improvement tends to create (the 39 columns, which are labeled the same as the rows), and the suggested solution strategies for each improvement+conflict pair. 
    • Propose three improvements (rows in the table) to a technology relevant to your project topic. (Or apply them to some other technology instead, your choice.) 
    • Identify one or more conflicts that each improvement will tend to create (columns in the table).
    • Suggest solution(s) to each improvement and conflict (based on the cells of the table).
  • b. Pick a certain technology (existing or future) relevant to your topic. Suggest how an implementation of it could "branch out" and do something else. For example, pencils are a technology that "branched out" to also have erasers, storage bins for extra lead, clips for attaching it to a pocket, and so on. Cars now play music (and have air conditioners, even have GPS devices for giving directions, etc.). Can you imagine anything weirder than a car that plays music!? In the early days of cars, that might have seemed as strange as riding on a motorized guitar! 

2. For your project, write up 399 words and post to your blog, or do the equivalent in effort on something other than writing and explain briefly (but specifically, so we can figure out what you actually did) to your blog.

3. Grad students only: continue with the book you obtained. Read the next 20 pages. State what page numbers you have read. Explain what you agree with, disagree with, and how your views compare with those of other reviewers on Amazon or elsewhere.