When we talk of inventions which have either touched or changed our lives, we often praise the inventor for “thinking out of the boxes.” how to get a patent for an idea do these people think of a new invention idea by thinking out of the box? Is it possible for you and me to do it too? To know this we have to know what the “box” is to create we can think beyond it. The “box” will be the way things are, and just how to start an invention we have been tutored to view things. One can find factors which determine the way we look at conditions. Thus the first step 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 unravel 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 needs to run on electricity, and so on. 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 think of a new invention idea is to think the very absurd. One needs a really open mind for this as the process can both be fun and also irritating. There could be hundreds of completely absurd solutions to a problem, but one of them could be a genuinely new invention idea. Start with 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 as is also and that is to leave your home or office and watch the way people live, behave and communicate. The story for this 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 thought of the idea of selling his first pair to a 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 to an 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 to make more space for utility purposes; relieve two legs from another to enable faster cleaning; add color to domestic utility items help to make them inter-changeable; ideas like these will flow once you believe deeper and harder at the common daily objects and concepts for new inventions will be a knock away!