It’s a common misconception that only smart, bright, and creative people can come up with new invention ideas. However, many inventors have spent a lot of time thinking and coming up with these ideas; they don’t simply hit them on the head.
They have gone through a lot of brainstorming, trying and re-trying, until they come up with the right idea. Some inventions have been on a person’s mind for years even, and they have failed countless time until they come up with the perfect one.
In this article, we are going to go through 6 easy steps on how to come up with the perfect invention idea. And with a great invention, you can take the world by storm!
Step 1: Focus Around Your Niche
The most important thing to understand is that you need to focus on your field of expertise. Focus on what you do best, and what you know best. The best way to come up with an invention is to go by that which you know best. You don’t have to be an expert, but simple knowledge and experience in that field can greatly help you to come up with an invention that will eighter revolutionize or improve something. Once you have identified your specific niche, its time to start digging deeper.
Step 2: Identify the Problems
Your main objective here is to identify the problems associated with your field and to try and find a solution to those problems. Identify what’s missing, and identify what can be further improved.
Identify the things that are far from perfect, and identify the things that people mostly complain about. Do not forget that even the smallest issue can lead you to your solution.
Step 3: Overcome the Problems
You have your niche, and you know all about the problems facing it, you’ve heard all the complains, and examined all the issues. Now it’s time to think bigger; now it’s time to think about how to overcome those problems.
You can go through a few steps in order to fully analyze the situation
- Identify the problem
- Find a prototype solution
- Research the prototype solution
- Examine the problem further and how the prototype solution can be integrated with it
- Come up with a new solution to the problem, or further develop an existing one
Step 4: Examine the Market if Your Solution can Help
Your invention idea might not be something new to the world, most of the time this idea can be an improved version of an existing solution. Research the market and try to understand how your idea can be better than the one offered on the market.
Maybe your invention idea already exists, and if it does try to find a way how yours will be better.
Step 5: Create Your Solution
By this point, you have analyzed everything, from the problem to the solution, to researching the market. Now it’s time to put all your efforts to create your solution. For this we recommend you expand your field of view. Try to look at different areas and how those areas can help you come up with a better solution. For this, we are going to give you an example, one that involved two different areas of expertise.
The inventor of KwickScreen, which is a portable screen mostly used in hospitals, tried to find a solution for hospital screens to take as less space as possible. He analyzed how to do it by researching other fields, and he got his inspiration, and ultimately his solution, by looking at rolled curtains. He combined his prototype idea, found a solution, analyzed the market, and looked at different products that do the similar thing as his. He combined two existing ideas, into a new one.
Step 6: Double Check That your Invention Will be Useful
You have everything that you need and you have your invention idea; now it’s time to make a last final stop and think if your idea can be useful.
You have to think if your idea can really help people, it might well do but that doesn’t mean that people will use your invention.
When you tick all the boxes, it’s time to pour your money and effort into developing it.