To create something new , one must forget that there are any constraints to his invention or idea coming into practice. Once you believe in your idea then the constraints can be eliminated one by one . More the constraints more will be the experiments. but the idea will finally win. and you will find the right soluion to implement your idea. I find the TV advertising creators are greatest crative thinkers of today. They come up with so many original ideas , scenarios, It is just hats off to them. Manyy times it makes watching those commercials a very thought provoking game for me. Many a times I just wonder "how the hell the guy thought about this scenario!"
In Engineering Design 101 we learn about the ideation phase of design. This phase occurs before applying any constraints, cost, materials, etc. If you put constraints first you are always looking at that box to fill.
Hardcore: I totally agree with you on that. I feel there is a life force in every livings probably something divine from which all things that have ever been invented came out from. And to move up in inventions accounding to Kunmi, we have to listen to that thing, listen inward, see the future and solve the problem.
@eemom & @t.alex -- Appreciate the comments. It is important to stay in tune with your market by whichever means you can. At the times when you are struggling for ideas, it's refreshing to scan a broader area. And though broader areas will yield fewer fully applicable answers, you are more likely to find a spark you might not have considered before.
@Nemos -- Thanks for the hint. I like to do this as well. I work on several projects in a day, so that I have something else to focus on when a problem presents itself. This works for writing, design, and just about everything I do.
@Tvotapka & @Ariella -- Thanks for the comments. Social is a great way to stay in tune with customers and gauge their desires. I believe we can do even better. The best value we can bring to a customer is the innovation they haven't thought of yet. Use their feedback as a baseline, then think forward and scan the environment for solutions that answer the questions yet unasked.
Rather than using different eyes sometimes all that is a basic re-focusing of the vision.
An example would be to look at the natural world and how various 'engineering' problem are solved, despite all of our knowlege/understanding and technology we are still incapable of designing or simulating an ants brain.
Many of the greatest inventions have actually been copied from nature, even in the design of modern semiconductors including LED lighting which is based in part on the technology of biological luminance and biological dyes.
There is a whole new frontier opening up for designers and engineers who, rather than continually trying to fight the natural world with human based solutions are gradually taking natures lead, with the result that innovation in organic technology & materials are moving to a position that may well be the next technological frontier.
Through the use of organics we are moving forward in growing/printing components rather than having to utilize methods that nature would seldom utilize, even the humble spider is turning out to be a source of significant engineering solutions (a quick read-up on spider silk and nano-tubes)
Possibly the future of engineering is going to be based more along the lines of Biological systems, there may even be a requirement for future engineers to have a strong background in Biology.
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