An existing idea can function just fine, but isn’t there a way to go from ‘just fine’ to excellent? As long as the rest of the world is in movement, being inert results in decline. An insatiable curiosity has resulted in an extensive knowledge base of technology. This comes in place when using ‘cross-pollination’, the technique of one sector can be of surprising value in another sector. The motion of the rest of the world doesn’t need to be a threat, but it can also be an opportunity.
With a practical hands-on approach it is easy to complete several iterations in a short period. Every iteration results in experience and knowledge, which can be implemented in the next iteration. A crucial aspect of this process is the ability to create functional prototypes in a short period of time to test the functionality of an idea. 3D printers are often used to achieve this, combine this with a high level of dexterity and a basic knowledge of electrical engineering and you have the ingredients to turn you idea into a functional prototype.
Understanding the problem and having ideas to solve them is the start, but how to communicate these ideas to others? With the word ‘dragon’ different people have different representations, in one’s mind it can have green wings, in the other it may have red scales. When trying to discuss ideas this is not different. Clear visualisations are of vital importance for transferring ideas. To create these visualisations, tools ranging from 3D CAD modelling to hand drawn sketches are being used, depending on the demands.
Addressing challenges with a fresh view. Not being familiar with all the problems facing a challenge helps in keeping an open mind and a broad perspective. This creates opportunities to come up with creative and innovating solutions which are hard to think of when ‘burdened’ with in depth knowledge. In short, don’t dig deeper but in another direction.