The following chair was designed from an original thought, not an existing object. 
This was the original chair - too long to fit on the other page!
 
 
List of user needs to be classified by structural groups:

The Container can be moved and follow patient to new rooms
The Container will have a carrying or holding device for transport
! The Container will carry all items securely so none fall out or spill out of their containers

The Container will hold hygiene items
The Container will hold hair brush
The Container will hold comb
The Container will hold fingernail file
The Container will hold tweezers
The Container will hold box of tissues
The Container will hold dry face cloths
The Container will hold hair barrettes and twisties
The Container will hold face soap
The Container will hold lotion
The Container will hold toothbrush and toothpaste

The Container will hold books and stationary
The Container will hold a Bible
The Container will hold other books
The Container will hold magazines
The Container will hold current bills
The Container will hold paper, envelopes
The Container will hold stamps
The Container will hold pens, pencils, erasers, stapler and staples
The Container will hold a letter opener

The Container will secure self-serving medications
The Container will have a lockable medication section
The Container will have schedule of medications easily readable
The Container will allow for logging of medications as taken
! The Container can be used by caregiver for medications or by patient depending on level of well-being

The Container will handle technological devices
The Container will hold an air conditioner remote
The Container will hold a TV on/off, volume remote
The Container will hold a TV channel changer remote
The Container will hold cell phones
The Container will hold landlines
The Container will hold earphones
The Container will hold phone headset
The Container will hold MP3 player or IPod
The Container will provide for electrical chord provision (surge protector)
The Container will have a laptop space
The Container may hold a monitor
The Container may hold a keyboard and mouse

The Container will provide easy access to items needed daily
The Container will provide easy access to all items
The Container will allow for caregiver or patient access
The Container will organize these items neatly

The Container will present as a professional device
The Container will evoke praise from caregiver and patient for beauty
The Container will allow family to find patient in more safe environment

The Container will hold other miscellaneous objects
The Container will hold a flashlight
The Container will hold a night light
The Container will hold chapstick
The Container will hold breathe mints
The Container will hold a couple of plastic bags
The Container will hold cigarettes, ashtray and lighter
The Container will hold contact list including doctors

Data for this list of user needs was gathered by direct one-on-one interviews with patients and prior patients through the internet.  Observation of patients in bedside settings was not possible at this time due to the illness of the designer, but all efforts were made to gather data from both users and caregivers (who often have to carry the load for the patient when handling daily needs).
 
 
Original Gap Statement
    A system that holds my assorted goodies in place would fill my gap!
In what way might I ...
  • Design a system to hold assorted goodies by the patient's bedside
  • Store belongings by the bedside for easy access
  • Have access to things used daily right near the bed
  • Keep things from falling on the floor from the bedside table
  • Have access to tools needed for use in the room (remotes, phones, computers, mp3 players, headphones, phone headset, etc.)
  • Cut down on time the caregiver needs to devote to helping the patient
  • Allow the tabletop to be used for food and bath needs still allowing access to belongings for the patient
  • Keep belongings organized, safe, and secure for patient without the need of a caregiver to provide access
  • Provide a safe compartment for things that could create problems, such as drinks or lotions
  • Allow for easy cleaning for hygienic hospital policy
  • Create a cabinet/system that is easily moved for use of the hospital bedside table
  • Create a cabinet/system that will not move or in other ways fail - secure positioning
  • Tabletop cabinet attaches swiftly to table, dresser, or shelving unit; if positioned on unit with wheels, wheels must lock
 

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    ...has taken on the challenge of designing something that will personally help her at home, but could provide great benefits to people all over the world, an item that, as of yet, is not available.

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