Scott and Sam are hard at work in the Product Realization Lab at Stanford University, where we are currently fabricating ten prototypes to bring with us to Ethiopia. Each bent over a lathe with looks of intense concentration on their faces, they’re threading steel rod, as Queen blares over the PRL speakers. These rods will comprise the drive shafts for the Pepper Eater, and we need twenty of them for ten prototypes. Each drive shaft consists of a square rod with two rounded sections screwed onto the ends.
Meanwhile, we are also drafting a field guide to assist us during our user testing. This includes questions we will ask pepper processors in order to learn about how helpful they found the Pepper Eater to be, how much much one would be willing to pay for it, and other insights. The field guide will also include useful Amharic phrases, maps, and our in-country contacts’ information.
We hope you keep following our progress over the next six days as our trip approaches!