If You Have A Creative Mind Here Are Some Ideas For Needed Inventions

As our supply of petroleum products becomes more expensive, substitutes such as oil from grain and soybeans become more economically feasible. New materials need to be developed to replace the plastics made from petroleum.
As streets become more congested, other means of personal transportation become more desirable. More efficient means of directing traffic are necessary.

As the population ages, better wheelchairs, methods of going from one floor to another in private homes, and kitchen utensils for hands crippled with arthritis will be more in demand.
Sports equipment is improved every year.

As our standard of living improves we have both more free time and more discretionary money. These factors open up the opportunity for more leisure time products. There is always a market for new games.

Many sports are dangerous. This opens up the opportunity for better safety equipment.
As we search through the channels on satellite TV we find more and more shows featuring do it yourself home improvements. Keep your imagination in high gear anytime your doing a chore around the house. I have a fairly complete workshop, but I was amazed at the new tools in the 2006 Sears tool catalog. A few years ago a box end wrench came onto the market with a geared end that acts like a ratchet.

Now there has been a hinge added to the handle so that the wrench handle does not have to be exactly in line with the bolt head or nut. I am working on an engine that was designed to pack the most H.P. in the smallest possible space and found it almost impossible to get at some fasteners without a hinged gear end wrench that was not even available a few years ago. The end wrench went unchanged for generations until some creative mind added the hinge.
There is a huge market for automotive mechanical and body tools.

Years ago I designed and built automated machinery that, among other things, monitored the current required by the motors and warned the operators when the tools were getting dull. At the time only a large manufacturing company could afford this technology, but with the present state of the art in electronics, it should be practical to have a control that could be preset for a given diameter of a drill bit and the home drill press would turn the proper RPM and have the proper pressure on the bit.

Although woodworking has been around for thousands of years there are still opportunities to improve on woodworking tools.

The wheel has been around forever, but now check out the Tweel. At www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1129516,00.html

Look around your kitchen. Why not put a digital temperature readout on the handle of a frying pan? My wife can look at a pot of coffee and tell if it is too strong. Why not an optical scanner to check the darkness and turn off the pot?
There is always a better way to do anything.

I guess you have the idea. As you move through this life keep your creative mind in gear for ways to improve our well being.

Keep notes and dates of all your thoughts. Make sketches inventor ideas. Is It Novel? Is there anything like it on the market?
In order to obtain a patent your idea has to be useful, novel, and not obvious. You must also apply for a patent within one year after the device has been offered on the market or described in a publication. The invention must serve some useful function. You can’t patent an idea. You must be able to describe it with words and sketches in such a manner that a person skilled in the technology can build or use it. Before you spend too much time and money on your ideas see if you have any competition.
You think you have a novel idea for a gizmo that will save you one hundred hours of work a year. That should be worth something, but how do you know that it’s original? inventor ideas  

The best place to start is with a search engine on the internet. Think of every way you can to describe it. Use key words from your descriptions and search places like E-Bay, Yahoo, google, and AltaVista. If you need help with key words, you can take a free course at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School.

By clicking on: www.crlsresearchguide.org/00_Introduction.asp
This is also a great site to learn to do basic research. When searching on E-Bay, search in “All Categories” because some sellers make a poor choice of categories when selling a product. Lets say you just invented the paint brush. Until now there is no such term as “paint brush”. What would you call it? Applicator? Applier? Spreader? Coverer? Brush? See what I mean? If you can’t find anything like it on the market, then do your own preliminary patent search. You can do this free on the internet. I will cover this more in a later article.



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