At Make-o-Rama our group presented our final product which was a presentation board filled with information that Marketing and Research gathered over the weeks. This information included our customer profile, competitor profile, marketing strategy, research, experimental data and test results, experimental conclusion, and extra tidbits of facts and quotes we felt embodied our mission and research. We also presented our final prototype strapped to a chair and invited others to sit in our chair and experience the difference in comfort compared to the standard school chair. We asked them to rate their level of comfort from a scale of one to ten, ten being best amount of comfort and one being the worst level of comfort. It was exciting to see that 100 % of the people who tried our cushions rated the chair no less than a five.
Our final product, the Comfort Cushion, is pretty different physically from what we originally set out to do in the very beginning, which was to create a whole new chair design. Yet we were proud to see that our main purpose to create a device that would improve and innovate the way students sit in school chairs by utilizing comfort was able to be carried through to our final product. We learned from this experience the importance of revising and revisionism, and that sometimes simple solutions can make the biggest impacts.
While the Comfort4U team has had such a memorable experience working on our project, the team has decided that we will be putting the Comfort Cushions on hold. We all had ambitious goals to begin with, and we were all so excited to see where our project would take us. We all hoped that your Comfort Cushions would really take off and not only be a huge hit at Ann Richards, but in all schools around the Austin ISD district. It would’ve also been really cool for each school to have their own customized sets of Comfort Cushions, designed to their school colors or logos. As much as Comfort4U would love to continue to work on a project that we together have worked for a couple of months, the reality right now is that next year we will all be heading off to different colleges. It won’t exactly be the same continuing a project that we all started together and won’t be able to complete together. We wouldn’t want to throw away our cushion because we really are proud of the work we’ve put into it. We are hoping to store it away for now so that the next generation of future innovators could continue to work on Comfort Cushions and take it above and beyond.
Reflecting on the progress that Comfort4U has undergone throughout these last couple of months, the original members of Comfort4U should receive a 98. In the beginning of the year we started off with the idea to improve the comfort of chairs. After doing customer interviews and discovering shocking statistics about the amount of time the average american sits down, the team targeted our product towards students. With that target market in mind we were able to do research that would contribute to the design of the “ideal chair.” We underwent a design process that consisted of group designs, a design matrix, and product requirements. By the winter we had done the research and finished the design for a chair prototype that incorporated the aspects of a chair that caused the most discomfort, the butt, back, and movement, more directed to students who tend to fidget. However, with the time crunch and lack of sufficient financial support the prospect of building a whole new chair model we decided to create a product that addressed the problems that our customers put the most stress on. We then decided to make a seat cover that can go over existing chairs and would solve the problems related to butt and back pain.