An important step in the invention process is the creation and testing of a prototype. It is not only a useful tool in the marketing and licensing of your new invention but also can help you, as the inventor, to know if your idea really works. Whether put together from objects found around your home, manufactured by a third party, or even a created as a 3D printed model, many industry professionals consider an invention prototype an essential part of moving your idea to the next level. Read More >>
You have decided to pitch your idea or new product to a company. Are you feeling confident and energized by this prospect? Or are you nervous and unsure how to even begin? If you fit into the latter category, don’t despair. There are a number of inventors who feel the same way as you. Below we share some tips that show how to pitch an idea to a company. Read More >>
In the corporate world, the goal is to strive, not simply survive. Leading entrepreneurs depend on a core set of guidelines to help them reach this objective. Some of them may seem deceptively simple, but all of them are important as you either move your start-up into growth mode or strive to sustain your existing business. Below are some top entrepreneur tips from leading minds of business. Read More >>
Inventions come in many different shapes, sizes, and levels of complexity, but their goal of solving an existing problem is the same. Through the use of innovative problem solving techniques, inventors have been able to change the world—or at least their corner of it—through creation of innovative inventions designed to tackle challenges large and small. Read More >>
One of the ways inventors come up with cool invention ideas is through a process called brainstorming. Did you know that “brainstorming” itself was an invention?
The Inventing Invention
Originally presented in the 1953 book Applied Imagination: Principles and Practices of Creative Thinking, author Alex Osborn identified brainstorming as a theory of steps involved in the creative process of spontaneous thinking, including some or all of these phases:
Since the dawn of the industrial area, manufacturers have utilized what is commonly known as “subtractive manufacturing” to produce products. That means in order to make a widget, they would take a lump of material and put it through a process to take away (subtract) parts of it until it looked like a widget. Think of a sculptor staring at a large hunk of stone and thinking, “Somewhere in there is my masterpiece!” and then whittling away to create a statue of a beautiful woman. Read More >>
Tired of waiting for stray cats to produce litters of kittens?
New “Grow-A-Kitty” allows you to begin pet ownership in a fraction of the time. An inventor from Pennsylvania has been able to replicate the “kittatania” cell that is in every pregnant mother cat before their young is born. Now kittens can be grown from anywhere with the proper conditions. Here’s how it works:
1. Purchase Grow-A-Kitty Seeds
2. Plant in indirect sunlight, either on a window ledge or under a tree.
3. Water your plant once a day (Add catnip fertilizer included for faster growth)
4. In 3-6 weeks, your kitten is ready to pluck from the vine!
UPDATE 4/4/14: This was an April Fool’s joke! Unfortunately, kittens cannot be grown from planting seeds quite yet, but don’t you wish they could?
Inventions are the world’s great problem solvers. Innovators find problems and devise new and clever ways to solve them. What makes one solution better than the rest? Great invention ideas grow from making sure you are not only solving a problem but solving the right one. Great innovations take old problems and find new ways to look at them. Read More >>
New inventions can sprout from the most unlikely of sources—and the oddest of places. The modern toothbrush was not invented by a dentist in a hygiene laboratory but by a prisoner serving time in an English prison in the late 1700s with a need for cleaner teeth. Read More >>
This famous quotation by Alexander Fleming is certainly true with regard to his discovery of penicillin. This antibiotic resulted in its discoverer sharing the Nobel Prize in 1945 and being ranked as the most important discovery of the millennium by at least 3 large magazines at the approach of 2000. Read More >>