We knew from the start that we wanted to design for rural towns. Ethan Hetzler and I are from very small communities and we knew how these spaces were often forgotten in the field of technology. However, the danger was that we relied solely on both of our experiences and notions of small community living before we conducted any research in the field. For this reason, we were envisioning ideas that were completely impractical, cost-prohibitive, or too technologically-advanced.
One such example was a virtual experience where you could see a 3D scan as a hologram within a photo booth-like space. Not only is this using technology that is extremely costly, we went into these ideas without regarding all the education and instruction the operators of these booths would need, which may not be available in a rural community. Luckily, we realized we needed to do some fieldwork to figure out what direction would be the most fruitful in our endeavors.