How might an app help people afford expensive tools that they need only occasionally?
We started with gathering stories from all around us. We paid attention to small details to the activities we do everyday. We observed people. We conducted interviews and asked questions about recent experiences with a product or a service. These stories showed us real user problems that needed to be solved. Eventually we came up with a problem that we decided to dig deeper to find a solution. We found real people that often need a tool or equipment for a short period of time, they would go about asking their friends and may be able to borrow the tool if they are lucky enough to find a peer that is willing to lend it. With more research, we realized many tools can be expensive and not everyone will be willing to take that risk to lend them for free. The same reason of stops from other people to buy the tool that they might need only for one project. Now this a problem we wanted to solve.
Utilizing the concept of sharing economy, the team proposed a mobile app to facilitate rental service. Using the app, which we named Sprent, users in need of a tool can reach to another users that are wiling to loan that tool for a fee.
Thus if there’s an item one wants to use for a few days without buying in full, or have something one doesn’t need often but want to make money off of it, Sprent allows these two kinds of people to connect.
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