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Case Studies Archives - The Triz Journal

TRIZmeta the triz game that breaks all the rules.

11/10/2018 |

Kobus Cilliers

Strategy games have always been popular and essential. They prepare us for life and help us to try out risky options in a fictional situation. Now we can take the strategy game a step further.

TRIZmeta is a … Read More

Patent of the Month – Graduated Auxetic Foam

10/10/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Our patent of the month this month sticks to the world of ‘keep-it-simple’, and also manages to stay local. My old haunt, Rolls-Royce in Bristol to be precise, and a pair of inventors who had US9,956,729 granted … Read More

Patient Compliance Big Picture

07/10/2018 |

Darrell Mann

We first wrote about patient compliance via a very specific case study some time ago (Reference 1). Reading Jordan Peterson’s book, ‘12 Rules For Life’ (Reference 2), recently triggered thoughts about the bigger compliance issue. Specifically, his second … Read More

Investments – Piezoelectric Textiles

30/09/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Working up a sweat from carrying a heavy load? That is when the textile works at its best. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric power, in cooperation with … Read More

Patent of the Month – Microfluidic Desalination

26/09/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Patent of the month this month takes us to a trio of inventors at the University of Texas. US9,932,251 was granted on April 3. The wonderfully succinct background description describes the motivation for the invention as follows:

Case Study: Effectuation

02/09/2018 |

Darrell Mann

According to the business theory of good and bad capital, good money is money from investors who are willing to wait for growth in the size of the enterprise, but who are hungry for profit in the short-term. … Read More

Investments – e-Skin

29/08/2018 |

Darrell Mann

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed a new type of malleable, self-healing and fully recyclable “electronic skin” that has applications ranging from robotics and prosthetic development to better biomedical devices.

Electronic skin, known as e-skin, is a … Read More

Case Study: Rethinking Healthcare

19/08/2018 |

Darrell Mann

I picked up my newspaper today and found the word ‘crisis’ written over 40 times. Six of them as part of a headline. Debt crisis, NHS budget crisis, obesity crisis, KFC crisis, Brexit crisis, weather crisis, plastic crisis. … Read More

Investments – Rotational 3D-Printing

25/07/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Harvard engineers have demonstrated a new 3D printing technique that allows the arrangement of short fibers in the printed material to be finely tuned. The spinning printer head gives the technique the name “rotational 3D printing,” and according … Read More

Patent of the Month – Anisotropic Metamaterials

01/07/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Our patent of the month this month takes us to the University of Texas in one of my favourite cities, Austin. US9,893,432 was granted to a pair of inventors on February 13. I have to admit it nearly … Read More

Investments – Roman Concrete

22/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

I live near the sea. A few years ago, a storm washed away some of the jetty. The council repaired it. Four years later the area was cordoned off because the repair was eroding at an apparently precipitous … Read More

Hurricanes, Pop-Tarts & Optimization Versus Innovation

14/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

“HURRICANE FRANCES was on its way, barreling across the Caribbean, threatening a direct hit on Florida’s Atlantic coast. Residents made for higher ground, but far away, in Bentonville, Ark., executives at Wal-Mart Stores decided … Read More

Patent of the Month – Nanowire Motor

08/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

We delve down into the micro-scale world for our patent of the month this month, and another lovely looking patent from the University of California, this time in San Diego. US 9,698,708 was granted on Independence Day. The … Read More

Case Study: Of David’s And Goliath’s

05/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

This is a true case study relayed to me at a recent workshop.

TRIZ/SI was not explicitly used during the definition or solution of the problem.

Rather, the case study is intended as an illustration of how Systematic … Read More

Case Study: Nationalisation Versus Privatisation

03/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Politics depresses me. For the most part I try and stay away. I blame TRIZ. Or possibly Edward de Bono. Or possibly Socrates. He was the one that forced politicians into thinking the world had to be either … Read More

Case Study: The Italian Job

29/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

The Italian Job is a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. For Brits of a certain age, it has become a cultural icon. In 2004, the … Read More

Patent of the Month – Target Neutralization

13/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

I love obvious. Sometimes a solution can look so obvious, you have doubts that it is real. Then you notice that the owner is Lockheed, so you realise, hmm, maybe there’s something interesting happening here. The solution in … Read More

Investments – Silk Coating

01/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Food waste has an impact on food quality and safety, representing a loss of economic value and resources, and, a hindrance to economic development. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has estimated that one-third … Read More

Investments – Ultrasound ‘Drill’

29/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

‘Ultrasound can do anything’ part #455. One of my small paranoia’s in life is the potentially lethal effects of something as simple as a blood-clot. For almost as long, I’ve assumed that ultrasound ought to be a way … Read More

Equity (Or Not)

08/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

We’ve been doing quite a lot of work in the public sector this year. Which means enduring lots of noble-but-woolly thinking about concepts like equity. It usually doesn’t take long for the above image to be brought into … Read More