Want to generate creative invention ideas? According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, invent means "to produce (as something useful) for the first time through the use of the imagination or of ingenious thinking and experiment."
Based on the above definition, it takes a good dose of imagination or ingenious thinking to invent. Of course, coming up with the invention idea is only the first step in the long process of getting an invention patented and distributed on the market.
A couple of methods you might find helpful in generating ideas are...
1. Start your own collection of invention ideas.
Need a little inspiration? One way to generate ideas is to read about the inventions that others have invented. While you may find yourself asking, "Why didnīt I think of that?", you'll also find yourself thinking of many new ideas. Keep your journal handy so you can write them down.
There are a lot places to find invention ideas. Probably the best place to start is the internet. You can quickly and easily access thousands of invention ideas. Just go to your favorite search engine and type in words related to inventing like invent, inventors, inventions, etc.
You might also try your local library, bookstore or museum for more ideas.
2. Become a problem seeker.
While most people only see the negative side of problems, inventors see opportunities for using their creative genius. In fact, the vast majority of inventions are the result of someone seeking a solution to a particular problem.
Each day, you are faced with numerous "problems" to resolve. More than likely, you resolve most of them using methods and tools that you are familiar with without ever asking yourself questions like...
- Is this the best way to resolve the problem?
- Could a better way of resolving it be invented?
- Could something be invented that would eliminate the problem altogether?
You donīt have to restrict your search to your own problems. Keep an ear out and an eye open for problems that others are facing. How?
Ever hear someone say, "I sure wish someone would invent such and such?" Know someone who complains a lot? These are clues that problems exist and, just possibly, the door to your next invention.
You can also find a good source of problems to solve visiting forums in an area that interests you. Frequently, members will make comments about problems they are facing and request help in resolving them.
After analyzing several inventions and gathering a list of problems to solve, start working on some solutions. The idea is just the beginning. Below are some more articles to help you along the path to getting your next invention patented.
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