As many students have already mentioned, the LOLA show article presented by Casey about the OATS shoes was very fascinating. This was such a great example of a PSS. The fact that the shoes can serve their normal purpose and provide comfortable, fashionable apparel for ones feet while at the same time having the ability to make a positive impact on the environment when they are no longer able to be worn is incredible.
I would say that the LOLA show in general was my epiphany for the week. It wasn’t so much related to PSS systems as it was to inventing in general. I have many different thoughts that pop in my head about things that I wish existed or could be done this way or that way. Hearing about decomposable shoes that have seeds in them or about creating electricity with our footsteps was eyeopening to me because it showed me that even the things that seem like they could never be created an accomplished really can be brought to life. It seems completely silly to have shoes that turn into plants, but hey, apparently it can be done. I guess to sum it all up, my epiphany was that there truly aren’t any limitations on a person’s creativity and what can be accomplished in today’s world.
Product Service systems are all around us. As defined in the reading, a PSS consists of “tangible products and intangible services designed and combined so that they jointly are capable of fulfilling specific customer needs”. An example of this came up in my Entrepreneur class on Thursday morning. We were discussing a case over a franchise company called Game Truck. The idea behind this mobile arcade was that people could rent out these trucks for hours at a time for parties, etc, and could play their choice of video game from a selection of 64. On hand were experts to help with any technical issues and to simply supervise. This was a very interesting idea and a good example of a product service system. The service they provided was a “doorstep” arcade equipped with the assistance of professionals to help manage the gaming and the product they provided was video games. I don’t know that this specific example is especially sustainable, however it is an example nonetheless.
My idea for a PSS is a bike rental on campus. I personally own a bike that I put on the back of my car and bring to campus everyday for class because I live off campus. It is nice to own my own bike, however I think it could be really cool thing if students had to option to rent a bike for a semester and didn’t have to buy their own and worry about putting it on a bike rack and taking it off. It is only logical that if they are riding a bike because they don’t want to walk, that they have a place to park their car that is right near the bike rental. this could maybe be offered by the transportation center and a parking lot could be developed only for the people that rent a bike. It would work much like other parking lots, in that each car would have to have a permit in the window for that specific lot. Each student would then have a bike rented to them with a specific number on it. The bike would be locked up every time it wasn’t in use. The product offered here is obviously a bicycle for campus. The service offered could be considered quick and easy transportation. There would obviously have to be some details lined out, but I feel that this could be a very viable idea for our generation at this point in our lives.
I would love to learn more about some super radical ideas that people have come up with and executed such as the OATS shoes. These are the type of things that really interest me when it comes to sustainability (no offense Dr. Armstrong ; ) ).