When we talk of inventions ideas which have either touched or changed our lives, we often praise the inventor for “thinking out of the inbox.” How do these people think of a new invention idea by thinking out of software program? Is it possible for as well as me to do it too? To know this we have to know what the “box” is with the intention that we can think beyond it. The “box” could be the way things are, and exactly we have been tutored to view things. There are a number factors which determine approach we look at things. Thus the first step to start 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 associated with a domestic air-conditioner, what are assumptions? Cooling, auto switch off, silent, it has to run on electricity, therefore forth. What if someone thought of to help manufacture an air-conditioner which ran on something else which is more organic and saved on power consumption? Another way to consider a new invention idea is to think the first absurd. One needs an unnaturally 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. Focus on a “what if” question and you will a little surprised at the number of absurd answers you could arrive at.
There is a literal way of thinking as they are and that is to emerge from your home or office and watch the way people live, behave and communicate. The story of the shoe salesman comes to mind. This man went to Africa to sell shoes, a country where people never wore items. By thinking out of the box, he looked at the idea of selling his first pair along with curious buyer by highlighting its heat resisting abilities and ensuing comfort to his feet. The shoe salesman soon opened shop and became a millionaire. 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, how to get a patent on an idea temperature control, colorful all trigger great invention ideas; make a large table foldable to create more space for utility purposes; relieve 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 choice deeper and harder at the common daily objects and ideas for new inventions will be a knock away!