The Space Poop challenge had some very stringent guidelines. I approached these with an open mind, and decided on a product that utilized a variety of materials to hold the waste and inhibit the infection, that appeared to be a concern. Cotton, foam, neoprene, inflatable rubber, and tubing were the articles I utilized. I then added readily available things to prevent infections and control diaper rash. These are not necessary for the product to function, but it is good information to have.
An innate desire to invent things inspired my innovation of the space waste receptacle. The waste receptacle is important because it makes space travel more comfortable and impacted extended travel.
The challenge was my motivation, because never in a thousand years would that innovation just pop in my head. It was nowhere on my radar...at all. But it was fun, and the desire to help and make life more comfortable has always held a big place in my heart. I love the process of finding answers to troublesome problems so that motivated me more than anything.
I think because it gives everyone the right to dream. In each of us is the divine spark of creativity. We all have the ability to answer the questions presented by nature, the universe, and the human condition. True there are some questions only those with advanced degrees can offer, but even in those places, the right conversation with a curious mind can lead them in a path they never thought to consider. Therefore my wow factor is to give everyone the right to dream and make an impact in society.
This was so wonderful. Its been a few years since I thought on things that were not in my area of expertise and impact, so it made me stretch my mind....which was a desire deep in my heart.