Four Key Words That Open Doors to Innovation
Posted by Plish on February 15, 2017
Robots made of water.
No, those aren’t the four words.
Researchers at MIT developed a hydrogel robot. It’s soft. It grips. It’s almost invisible underwater. In short, it’s a totally cool technology. (Hydrogels are cool materials on their own) Now, they’re trying to understand what it can be used for.
‘Let’s play with this’. – Hyunwoo Yuk, MIT Graduate Student
Those are the four words.
Let’s play with this.
Once a technology is discovered, the challenge is often one of finding a problem to the solution. One of the best ways to do that is to play.
What is play comprised of?
It’s essentially saying, “What if…?” and exploring.
It’s a matter of taking something and just seeing what happens when it’s subjected to some other stressors. It’s a collision of ideas. It’s taking what is and exploring what it may be.
The inventor of cornflakes, Keith Kellogg, left boiled wheat out overnight. Instead of throwing it out, he took the flaky dough (took ‘what is’) and decided to bake it anyway (exploring). A crunchy cereal and a business was born.
Take chances – Explore!
Keep your eyes peeled for new technologies. Don’t necessarily use them for what they’re intended. Try using them for something else. That collision of metaphors, of what is and what may be when something is used differently, are fruitful soil for new products and new business opportunities.
What am I playing with now?
I saw the Walabot, and knew I had to get one for my lab. A cool RF radar technology, seems like it can have myriads of uses. The company’s website tag is: Create, Play, Discover.
Let’s PLAY with this!!!!!