In the past few weeks Yaqoob began to design and make the keyboard pillow after the researches that she had done. Throughout these weeks, it all about how to build the keyboard pillow and what challenges will she face. The product will be tested while being made to make an efficient product. To start making a successful product, Yaqoob was inspired from the Chron magazine of “How to Make A New Product Successful” of the five elements that make a successful product which address customer needs, and availability, which is the goal of making this product to provide comfort for typers.
In the past weeks, research have been put to the sides and action have started. Yaqoob started by collecting all materials such as cotton bag, cotton, and small wooden balls (see diagram 1) that will be used to make a keyboard pillow. These materials in diagram 1 are for one pillow, so if making two pillows the amount of materials would be doubled for example, there would be two cotton bags, two small wooden balls, and double the amount of cotton. Cotton couldn’t be measured as in quantity but more as quality such as taking in consideration when filling in the cotton bag if the cotton too much or too little and that is determined if a person can feel the small wooden ball then more cotton should be added, but not too much if felt the pillow is too high to type with.
Yaqoob have started the process of making the pillow by measuring down the cotton bags in inches and sewing it and filling the bags with cotton, and putting one wooden ball inside it. The reason why one wooden ball was chosen was because she tried out with two balls and it wasn’t comfortable to type plus the cotton should not be too much. It should be kept in mind that the wrist should be on the same slope (straight slope) as the keyboard so the wrist won’t have wrong posture and won’t break the alignment of the wrist. One of the problems and difficulties that Yaqoob is facing currently is making the pillow on a good level so the wrist can be on a straight line and having comfort while typing. So far, Yaqoob have tested the product before making any further adjustment on people who type and some said that it was effective and some said “I will need to get to used to it”. She will be working on on keeping the pillow comfortable. Lately, she have done lots of sewing in machine carefully from all four sides of the pillow and have made two pillows so far (see diagram 2)
One challenge Yaqoob is facing currently is how to make the keyboard pillow connected to the wrist so it won’t move while typing, there have been many suggestions such as magnet, use other materials, or fabric that stretches (see diagram 3), she will be working on that this week.
The next step after making two keyboard pillows where it will hold the wrist in its place would be making instructions and procedures to audience of how to make one just like these pillows. With her schedule, Yaqoob will probably be done the week after Spring Break. The pillows would not be sold at a website nor in a store, moreover it would be put in a maker space in the school, but it is easy to make and the materials are available at any store.