Boise State University H4D Weekly Update #8

This week in H4D, we focused on the Mission Achievement section of the MMC.  This section basically outlines what it would take for us to be successful when delivering a product.

High-Level Summary:

Mission Model Canvas:

Mission Achievement/Impact Factors:

– Added “Fulfill Science and Technology (S&T) Topic of Interest requirements”

– Added “Establish and meet Key Performance Parameters (KPPs)”

– Added “Achieve >90% accuracy rate on detection of people with few false negatives”

Value Propositions:

– Changed “Hands-free” to “One hand available to use weapon at all times”

– Added “Detect metal wires”

Minimum Viable Product:

– This week we looked into other form factors that would still meet our design constraints, but that would fit more easily in a backpack.

Detailed Update:

Mission Model Canvas:

We dove deeper into funding opportunities, both with our own research and through conversations with our sponsor. We wanted to learn what we needed to deliver to acquire funding to get to mass production of our device. Obviously, our first challenge is to finish our alpha MVP. This will encompass some of the biggest challenges technologically, but we will have many more challenges down the road, such as acquisition of funding. We approached Mission Achievement by thinking about what do we need to get this product into the hands of our user.

One thing we need to continue our work is funding. We were already aware of Broad Area Announcements (BAAs), that each branch of the military posts, but we learned more about some other pathways to funding, such as the Small Business Innovation Research program, which is perfect way for a small group like ourselves to acquire funding for further research and development. We also spoke with someone from DIUX, a Bay-Area military innovation program, to learn more about what the purpose of their funding is. We learned that their funding is mostly for testing and would be useful down the line as we create functional, form factor versions of our device that are ready to be field tested.

In order to apply for certain types of funding, we have to fulfill the requirements given by the particular request. This is why we added “Fulfill Science and Technology Topic of Interest Requirements. We also added “Establish and meet Key Performance Parameters”, which are the required performance requirements set out by the military.

Our final modification in the Mission Achievement section, we added to the statement, “Achieve >90% accuracy rate detection of people with few false negatives because our interviews with operators made it clear that they would rather be overly prepared than underprepared. This is vital to gaining and maintaining the trust of our operators because in order for them to continuously use our device, they have to know it will not leave them ambushed by a surprise attacker hiding in the corner.

After our interviews, we also made a few modifications to the Value Propositions section, swapping out “hands free” for “one hand available to use weapon” because we realized that a device does not have to be totally hands free for the operators to use it. They can operate their gun with one hand and so as long as they have that readily available, they are okay with putting a hand on our device.

We also spoke with some operators who really valued being able to detect wires as well. This would facilitate detection of suicide vests and IEDs. Over the course of the past few weeks, it seems as though there is a strong enough need for detection of wires that we should add it to our value propositions.

Weekly Mission Model Canvas

This week’s updated Mission Model Canvas. Additions denoted in blue.

Minimum Viable Product:

  • We looked into many different designs this week, but we settled on a simple fold of last week’s MVP because it was the design that would cause the least amount of issues with the current electrical components and did not split up either of the antenna arrays, which would have caused potential problems in accuracy. We may explore other form factors in the future, but at this point we want to make sure we do not sacrifice reliability and function for design.
Foldable MVP

Foldable MVP