New year greetings

Last week I was with a brilliant acupuncturist and he asked me to smile while he was working with me. He explained me that the movement of the muscules in my face sent information to the brain and that smiling is interpreted as something nice by the brain… in consequence, if I smile during the sessions I could get better results.

I don’t know if the idea has a real scientific foundation, but I liked the idea just as an argument to face the next year with my best attitude, thus I’ve made a video that I wanted to share. Hope you like it and have a happy 2013!

Have a happy new 2013

Laptop backpack

I have been wondering some ideas around laptop backpacks and how should it be my favorite one and suddenly I was enjoying some “sketches thinking” moments.

Object

Laptop backpack

Goals

Improve known-by-me laptop backpacks following four simple steps:

  1. Requirements (missed features)
  2. Prioritization of features (added value v/s effort required) in a discrete scale from 1 to 3
  3. Sketching some ideas as partial solutions
  4. Sketch a final proposal

Requirements

ID Requirements Added Value Effort required to solve it Coefficient
1. Velcro is not my best friend, particularly in winter. The Velcro that holds the laptop sometimes is hooked on other things while I take the computer from the backpack (i.e. knitted things like scarves). 3 1 2
2. I just don’t want to have one backpack for each laptop, a flexible pocket to have a couple of inches of difference covered would be nice. 3 1 2
3. The backpack should be loose in the floor without risk of damaging the computer that is inside. 3 2 1
4. A pocket or a specific area for the battery charger and the mouse is always welcome. 2 1 1
5. The bag should have just the right size, not too big neither too small and it should be fold, so it won’t occupy the entire closet space. 3 2 1

IDs 1 and 2 of the table are highlighted because they mean a relevant level of improvement with a low proportion of cost/effort (coefficient 2)

Partial solutions

avoiding velcro

avoiding velcro

adjustable pocket

adjustable pocket

protective base and additional pockets

protective base and additional pockets

reducing the size of the backpack

reducing the size of the backpack

Final solution

Coming-soon proposal…