I started this project because I am a huge dog lover! I myself have a 96 lb Bulldog/Lab mix named Chico.
Now he gets walked 3 times a day, and each time he gets walked I have one issue, I have to walk around holding around 4 bags of poop every walk!
Now in the summer I don't mind but here in Chicago, winters get tough.
I do not want to be putting the bags in my pocket, yet alone hold on to them for long walks. So I thought to my self, why has no one tried to fix this issue?
I started sketching around this problem and tried to think of different ways of holding the bags!
I am not the best sketcher, and thought that I needed more of a visual representation of my ideas to see what looks possible.
I went ahead and started making CAD models to get a sense of the object!
For concept 1, I had the idea of an elastic band that would wrap around a dog leash and you would squeeze the dog bags through the holes to carry them around for you.
For concept 2, I had the idea of putting this slab that slipped on to the leash and you would hang the bags away from you.
For concept 3, I had the idea of putting this hook looking item into your pocket, and while you used the bags, you just hooked them on, and kept going.
All in all I decided to go with concept 1! and this lead to my prototyping stage and seeing whats feasible and what isn't.
I 1st had to figure out how exactly I was going to hook on the bags to the design because I didn't really think it out that well in the early stages! So I started prototyping different types of hooks and nooks to get it to work!
This 1st one I had the idea of actually worked great! it kept the bag in place and it was very secure, but the only drawback of this was that it was super hard to get the bag into the hole, and taking it out was a pain, so a full doggy bag would of been nasty!
This second trail managed to hold the bag in place only because of the knot that was in place, from tying the bag, and it limited it to people who only tie their bags. I was close but not there exactly.
I spent so much time cutting and testing on different materials the different hook types to figure out which worked! Then with the help of my professor, he recommended why not mix the style of both of the trails I ran.
I went off and starting ideating on that idea immediately!
After all of the cutting and test trails, I ended up with this working prototype!
I decided to take it out for a test run with my dog to see how functional it was! and IT WORKED!
Now on to how this works? Lets start with a tied bag!
Now for when the bag is untied!
Now for the shake test on both!
Now I am not done prototyping and testing on how to make this better! I need the help from every one to help me make this better! I will take all advice on how to make this better and see how I can push this to the next step!
I will be constantly updating the story here! and make sure everyone gets to see the progress of how this gets developed.
Chico will greatly appreciate it if you can help his walks less of a hassle!
Risks and challenges
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