Inventing made easy! Every day my head spins with new ideas for inventions. Everywhere I look I am inspired to invent something useful, helpful, or just something that doesn’t exist yet.
So far all I’ve come up with are the ideas; I’ve never followed through and actually had the product or idea made, but I reckon the initial idea is the hardest (and funnest) part.
I am one of those people that my mum calls “creative”. I don’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse, but everywhere I look my mind throws ideas at me. But to come up with ideas you don’t need to be a creative person necessarily, you just need a brain. And if you’ve read this far you must have on of those!
Some people invent things out of necessity, some to make money, some to fill a missing gasp, others to help in some way, some for the recognition, and others for the mere thrill of it. My invention ideas are just a way of exercising my brain, and having a good laugh.
How to invent?
How do you come up with that million dollar idea? Will it just drop into your lap, or will you have to stare at your laptop for years? Who knows, but the only way to find out is to start right now. They say that if you can come up with a list of 100 new inventions, 1 of those will be marketable, needed, and make you some money. What if that was the first one on your list? What if the next idea is “the one”? Gee, you better have a notepad ready just in case. (Admission: I carry a pen and notepad with me everywhere, don’t leave home without them).
Okay, here is the simplest way to get started: I call it “finding holes in the universe”. You find the holes, then fill them with a new invention (well, the idea for an invention anyway).
Answer these questions:
- What was the last thing you did? (my answer: ate a pizza)
- What would make the last thing you did better? (my answer: being able to see the pizza while I carried it from the front to the back of the house)
- What was annoying about the last thing you did? (my answer: I didn’t know what to do with the leftover piece, I didn’t want to throw it out that would be a waste, and i don’t like day old pizza)
- Examine your answers closely. The idea for the invention is actually right there. Think of three ways of making those answers happen. Think of a silly way (the stupidest way you can think of), a technical way (if you had any gizmo in the world to fix the problem), and think of a superhero way (you have super powers, you can shrink things, expand things, fly to the moon and use your x-ray vision or a supersonic laser beam – think BIG!). Then refine those crazy ideas if you like any of them.
Here are my answers to give you the idea