How to Invent (Almost) Anything (Spiro Business Guides)
This book covers the scientific analysis as well as the psychology and methods associated with the way we solve problems in creative invention.
journey showing how we can look afresh and in detail at a single scientific principle, for which we have chosen friction. Please note that this is not intended as a complete treatise on the subject nor does it cover all parts of science. What it does aim to do is indicate how you can look at scientific subjects in simple, unscientific and unconventional ways that allow you to see things differently and consequently make use of them in your inventions. Friction might be considered as being well
Fig. 3.3 Fracturing pieces to smooth and reduce bounce The first three features of friction we have discussed (bounce, elasticity and fracturing) are to do with larger mechanical forces. These can be understood simply by drawing rough surfaces on a large scale and asking yourself what happens to objects moving past each other. For the next three features we are going to move closer in to the molecular level. Electrostatic action When molecules of two objects are in contact then some
should slow down and stop as easily as it started on its journey. Opening the door too far should also not result in the hinges being torn from their mounting point. When the door is open, it may be desirable for it to stay where it is put or it may be preferable for it to automatically close. Closing should be as smooth as the opening, and the door should fit snugly into its frame with the catch hitting the strike-plate in exactly the right position so the door fully closes to an exact fit.
barriers Take courage and look inside yourself to see what is really stopping you from creating. Is the internal critic chattering in your ear? Tell it to shut up! Are you concerned with what others might think? Ignore them or go elsewhere. What is the one question you could ask yourself that would cause you to be completely unblocked? Go over, around, under or through every barrier you can find until there is nothing that can stop you from succeeding. Challenge assumptions Look at
such as by hibernating or sleeping. 17. Moving to a new dimension When you are having problems that has to do with straight lines, try using a second or third dimension. Go upwards, sideways or around corners. Reflect energy, bend metal, change your route. You can also move dimensions by rotating the object, changing your viewpoint, or even changing the number of objects. 18. Mechanical vibration Vibration is effectively a way of injecting energy into an object, which can break it away