When we talk of inventions which have either touched or changed our lives, we often praise the inventor for “thinking out of the inbox.” How do these people think within the new invention idea by thinking out of the box? Is it possible for your own family me to do it too? To know this we have to exactly what the “box” is so that we can think beyond it. The “box” will be the way things are, and the way we have been tutored to view things. One can find factors which determine approach we look at tools. Thus the first step to 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 boring. For instance, when you regarding a domestic air-conditioner, what are the assumptions? Cooling, auto switch off, silent, it to be able to run on electricity, and so on. What if someone thought of for you to manufacture an air-conditioner which ran on something else which is more organic and saved on power consumption? Another way to think about a new invention idea is to think the top absurd. One needs a really open mind for this as the process can both be fun as well as irritating. There could be hundreds of completely absurd solutions to a problem, but one of them could be a genuinely new invention idea. Using a “what if” question and you will be blown away at the number of absurd answers you could arrive at.
There is a literal way of thinking out of the box and that is to get away from your home or office and watch the way people live, behave and communicate. The story in the shoe salesman comes in your thoughts. This man went to Africa to sell shoes, a country where people never wore them. By thinking out of the box, he thought about the idea of selling his first pair the 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 for 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 inventors help to make it more space for utility purposes; deter two legs from another to enable faster cleaning; add color to domestic utility items and make them inter-changeable; ideas like these will flow once you think deeper and harder at the common daily objects and concepts for new inventions will be a knock away!