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Investments – Cheap Nanoparticles

22/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

An inexpensive way to make products incorporating nanoparticles – such as high-performance energy devices or sophisticated diagnostic tests – has been developed by researchers. The process could speed the commercial development of devices, materials and technologies that exploit … Read More

The Zero-Variation-Manufacture Contradiction

19/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I spoke at a Robust Design conference last month. One of the other speakers was extolling the virtues of ‘zero-variation’ manufacture (Reference 1). The concept immediately struck me as one of those naïve, ill-conceived motivational posters the manufacture … Read More

Wow In Music – Horses

15/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Pipping the Ramones’ first album to the post by five months, Horses is generally considered not just one of the most startling debuts in rock history but the spark that ignited the punk explosion.

Exactly forty-three years ago … Read More

Generational Cycles – Irony

12/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I’m a sucker for Generation Cycles books. Part attempt to find evidence to (one day!) negate the Strauss & Howe model, part smug self-satisfaction. The most recent venture was Tiffanie Darke’s ‘Now We Are 40’ romp. A great … Read More

Patent of the Month – High Refractive Index Nanocomposite

12/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

A rare trip to Maryland for our patent of the month this month. US10,144,482 was granted to a trio of inventors at Pixelligent Technologies (pixelligent.com) on December 4. Here’s what they have to say about the problem addressed … Read More

Definitely Not Funny – The Iron Law Of Unintended Consequences

08/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Not so long ago I proposed a new rule: No-one should be allowed to run for public office or work in a management position unless they’ve successfully passed a Complex Adaptive Systems 101 course.

If we don’t understand … Read More

Kano & Intangibles

05/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I’m never sure whether the Kano Diagram (above) has fallen from favour and disappeared, or whether it has become so ubiquitous that no-one feels a need to talk about it anymore. If I had to … Read More

Best of The Month – The Genius Of Desperation/Inverting The Pyramid

01/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Something of an either/or choice this month as far as reading recommendations go: football or football. American or Association. While the specifics might be different, the themes are both the same: an author with a steely determination to … Read More

Biology – Polka-dot Tree Frog

28/04/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Under normal light, the South American polka dot tree frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) sports a muted palette of greens, yellows and reds. But dim the lights and switch on ultraviolet illumination, and this little amphibian gives off a bright … Read More

Patent of the Month – Atmospheric-Pressure Plasma

28/04/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Our Patent of the Month this month takes us to Taiwan, and a quartet of inventors at the National Chiao Tung University. US 10,121,638 was granted on November 6. In a wonderfully succinct write-up (5 pages of narrative), … Read More

Short Thort

25/04/2019 |

Darrell Mann

“What is the nature of the search? you ask. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the search is to … Read More

Investments – Reforestation

24/04/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Bruno Rutman Pagnoncelli grew up among the trees in Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest, learning how to kayak its whitewater rapids and soaring high above the treetops in paragliders. On one of these paragliding trips, Bruno looked down and saw, … Read More

Breakthrough Game Design

21/04/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Since the launch of TRIZmeta last month, we’ve been embarked on a tour of the game industry. Main conclusion: there are a lot of games. And the industry is a lot like every other one in that most … Read More

Wow In Music – Here, My Dear / Let’s Get It On

17/04/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I have another theory. One I’ve had for a long time, but have never had the chance to really explore. Mainly because, outside the world of art, music and literature I wouldn’t know where to go find the … Read More

Generational Cycles – Joy

14/04/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Baby Boomer (Prophets)   –           The Joy Of Sex

Generation X (Nomads)     –           The Joy Of Sucks

Generation Y (Heroes)       –           The Joy Of Shots

Generation Z (Artists)         –           The … Read More

Not So Funny – (WD-) 40 Inventive Principles

10/04/2019 |

Darrell Mann

All hail the mighty WD-40. If there is ever going to be a 41st Principle, WD-40 will very likely point the way. Or it might actually be Principle 41. Meanwhile, it is already all of the 40 we … Read More

Robust Design: Macro & Meta Contradictions

07/04/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I’m speaking at a Robust Design conference this month and I think my job is to shake things up a bit. It shouldn’t be too difficult. The Robust Design world is still thinking it’s a good idea to … Read More

Best of The Month – Excellent Sheep

03/04/2019 |

Darrell Mann

There’s no such thing as a root cause in a complex system. I know that. But I also know there can be a root contradiction. Provided we understand the system at a first-principle level. In the same way … Read More

TRIZ Future Conference 2019 – Call for Papers

07/01/2019 |

TRIZ future conference aims globally to spread TRIZ knowledge, tools and methods worldwide. It brings together industrialist and academics to share experiences, works and progress on the subject of how to use and develop TRIZ.

 Triz Future Conference 2019 (TFC’19) … Read More

Illustration of Principle #6: Integrated Debit and Credit Card

31/12/2018 |

Vairaj Arjune, Krishna Tripathi

Reach into your wallet, and you will surely find many plastic cards for membership clubs, credit cards, debit cards and so much more. With changing lifestyle and preferences, consumers no longer want to carry bulky wallets … Read More