When we talk of inventions which have either touched or changed our lives, we often praise the inventor for “thinking out of the box.” How do these people think of a new invention idea by thinking out of the box? Is it possible for you and me to do it too? To know this we have to know what the “box” is making sure that we can think beyond it. The “box” is the way things are, and ways in which we have been tutored to view things. One can find factors which determine approach we look at situations. Thus the first step begin thinking beyond the normal is to identify and challenge our own views and perceptions.
The entire process of challenging preconceived notions, established norms and usual assumptions is a very powerful and creative way to resolve a problem, because walking on the much-treaded patch is safe, though bland. For instance, when you think about a domestic air-conditioner, what are the assumptions? Cooling, auto switch off, silent, it has to run on electricity, and so on. What if someone thought of ways to manufacture an air-conditioner which ran on something else which is more organic and saved on power consumption? Another way to come up with a new invention idea is to think the very absurd. One needs an unnaturally open mind for this as the process can both be fun and also irritating. There could be hundreds of completely absurd solutions to a problem, but one of them could be a genuinely new invention idea. Focus on a “what if” question and you will be amazed at the number of absurd answers you could arrive at.
There is a literal way of thinking as and that is to get out of patent your idea home or office and watch the way people live, behave and communicate. The story for this shoe salesman comes to mind. This man went to Africa to sell shoes, a country where people never wore all of them. By thinking out of the box, he planned the idea of selling his first pair into a curious buyer by highlighting its heat resisting abilities and ensuing comfort to his feet. The shoe salesman soon opened shop and became a billionaire. There are many stories like this and as the saying goes, you can actually sell a refrigerator tech to an Eskimo, provided you can invent some way to convince him of its utility.
Concepts like division, subtraction, temperature control, colorful all trigger great invention ideas; make a large table foldable to make more space for utility purposes; withhold two legs from another to enable faster cleaning; add color to domestic utility items showcase them inter-changeable; ideas like these will flow once choice deeper and harder at the common daily objects and concepts for new inventions will be a knock away!