New Product Ideas
These are ideas for things yet to be invented, or innovations
yet to be tried. You can be the inventor or innovator if you
wish, and cash in on a new product if all goes well. As far as
I know, there are no patents on the following ideas - but do
your research, of course.
1. An underwater treasure hunting camera. With all the new
interest in metal detectors and treasure hunting, this is a natural.
Years ago there was a treasure hunter who regularly found guns,
money and more in murky rivers, using a tube with a plexiglass
glued over one end, and a light strapped to the outside. He held
the device near the bottom of the river and was able to see what
A small camera, now that the technology has developed would
be much more fun. It could be lowered to great depths from any
boat or dock. A motorized "claw" at the bottom might
make it especially useful and interesting to those of us who
2. An innovation game. The idea here is a competitive innovation
teaching-game, to help develop the players creative skills. Cards
challenge players to invent something (on paper) based on certain
criteria. For example, a card might require players to combine
two concepts in the most innovative way. All the various problem
solving techniques would be exercised using these cards.
The primary problem to overcome in developing this game is
the competitive aspect. How are the results judged to determine
a winner? Perhaps the game would have to have a volunteer sit
out during each round, to function as a "judge" and
award the points.
3. A better pedal boat. You have probably seen the pedal boats
that are at many parks. They are designed so that two people
can pedal them around a pond or lake. If you have ever tried
one, you realize that they are less fun than they appear. This
is because they are slow.
A better pedal boat would be in the shape of a torpedo. The
point is to create something that glides through the water more
easily. Even if it is to hold more than one person, the users
could be in a line, instead of next to each other, for better
streamlining. Make one that can actually hydroplane and everyone
at the beach will want to try it out.
4. Pavlovian dog calling device. You may recall that the scientist
Ivan Pavlov trained dogs to salivate when a bell rang - simply
by ringing a bell whenever they ate. Now imagine a small beeper
on your dog's collar. Every time you feed him you first start
the beeper with a radio-control device. Soon all you have to
do to get the dog to come running for the kitchen is to push
that button and make the device beep.
A range of up to a mile would be nice for calling the dog
home. Would people buy this? Probably. It's interesting, useful,
and new product ideas for pets are always in high demand lately.
5. New soles. (Some of you who don't hike won't be able to
relate to this one.) Blisters are caused by the friction of your
feet sliding and rubbing on the inside of your shoes. A good
non-heat-conducting sole, glued to your foot, could slide in
that shoe all day while your feet were prevented from getting
blisters. That is the essence of "New Soles," the newest
in foot protection.
Before you write this new product idea off as too weird, remember
that we glue fake teeth into our mouths. A similar glue might
do the trick, and these glue-on soles would be for very specific
markets - like long distance hikers and runners. Of course, there
will have to be a simple way to remove them too.