I always argue that a good invention legitimately improves someone’s life. It could make a previously difficult task easier. It could give a person more time or even more pleasure. But some innovations go much further. Some innovations change the (very literally) structures we live in. And these inventions have the power to improve so many people’s lives. I often seek out such innovations and try to learn about them, because they inspire me to do more and to create inventions that really matter.
One such innovation was identified by President Obama at a press conference. A new type of material has been created – a concrete material that is much more durable than all others previously. The material, as Obama described it, “could mean that bridges and roads and buildings can last 20 or 30 years longer.” That’s huge! And an incredibly exciting idea. If you want to read more about the material, check out http://www.aggregateresearch.com/article.aspx?ID=16876
It’s innovations like this that remind me that everything can be improved- that what we take for granted as acceptable or normal or standard can be different, and should. Inventing is as much about analyzing the world around us, the world that shapes our lives and our daily interactions, as it is imagining a different one. We blur the line between reality and fantasy; what might not seem possible actually could be! We just have to imagine it. Taking what already exists and looking for ways to improve and better it is a great step towards creating valuable innovations.
Stephen Key is a successful award-winning inventor who has licensed over 20 products in the past 30 years. Along with business partner Andrew Krauss, Stephen runs inventRight, a company dedicated to educating inventors about selling their ideas and the skills needed to succeed. You can listen to the weekly radio show on inventing. Get In The News, list your invention to have media outlets find you for news stories.