This week we finished creating our product and we have our first prototype! We also showcased the product to passengers on the Metro as well as classmates and people on campus. After they had time to learn about Handy Handles, they were given a survey on its usefulness and if they would use it. The final prototype of Handy Handles works and looks like so: it has a hook at the top to attach to the ceiling rails, a fabric loop for the user to hold, an extendable bolt for the user to adjust the length, and a bolt that is encased in a plastic cover. In the first run of our survey, we had twelve respondents. The questions and their responses are shown below.
Do you frequent the L.A. Metro?
If yes, Bus or Train?
Would you be interested in using this product? (0 = never, 5 = definitely)
If this was more compact, easier to extend, etc., would this sway your decision?
We learned that people think our product could be useful and that there is a need for Handy Handles on the Metro. To increase our impact we could have asked/introduced our product to more people and received more responses to our survey. We mostly received good feedback and a positive outlook on its usefulness. One person suggested a product for the side rails so that children could also have a Handy Handle!
Written by Drew Beerman