We all enjoy a good high-five. But have you ever thought about the science behind a properly executed high-five? Similar to shaking hands with the correct grip, they need just the right amount of force to give you full satisfaction.
A high-fiving experience has great potential to end up one of two ways: epic, or embarrassing. The main problem with a high-five is that it is never consistent. Like many things, form follows function. If your hands and elbows aren’t properly aligned, your results could be demoralizing-ly anti-climactic, taking the wind from your celebratory sails. When high-fives are too soft they won’t give you the satisfying thunderclap. In contrast, if you high-five too hard it can really sting!
So, is this experience something that applies all over the world? Do different nationalities high-five with more of less force?? Does the size and shape of your hand determine your high-five aptitude? We set out to answer these questions.
We collected data from people high-fiving from people around the globe. The purpose of these trials was to analyze the amount of force required for the most satisfying sound, feeling and consistency. Each participant performed a series of high-fives ranging from what they consider a weak high-five, a very strong unpleasant high five and the perfect high-five. Using the high-precision KMG200-G measuring device from the German company GTE, we plotted these attempts and discovered a consistent trend on the weak high fives and variable high peaks on the hand breaking ones. The median value of force required for the perfect high five was 182 Newtons! It’s also interesting to note that not everyone’s hands are shaped or sized the same, so why should we expect the same results from a high-five?
Plain geekiness or real science?!
We wanted to make the perfect high-five every-time. This means you get the same epic experience anywhere in the world, whenever you offer your hand up for five finger feedback. Whether to a novice or expert, guy or girl, mom or dad, friend or foe, child or adult! Thus, the Fiesta Five was born.
The Fiesta Five is a new product that lets you blast confetti from your hands whenever you give a high-five. It's re-loadable and shoots biodegradable confetti, adding color and noise to this classic celebration. It's high-fives on steroids!
Developing a gadget which provides satisfaction to the end user is the ultimate aim of product designers. The Fiesta Five is one of these products. It's been conceptualize on a small piece of paper, gone through countless prototypes, been tested and validated in the market, and is now ready for production!
Understanding the force required for the perfect high-five allowed us the refine the high-five experience. Say good-bye to weak, flimsy, silent, sloppy, and dull high-fives!
By pre-ordering your FiestaFive, you will help bring this amazing toy to market. Hurry! Our crowd-funding campaign ends on December 10th, which raises the needed capital to cover initial manufacturing costs. Support the next level of high-fives!