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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 was there.

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 like "toys."

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.


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