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Case Studies Archives - The Triz Journal

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

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

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

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

Patent of the Month – Robotic Bouncing Ball

31/03/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Well, I never expected to be featuring a patent assigned to Disney in this section of the ezine, but here we are. Never say never. I suppose, too, the presence of California Institute of Technology has a bearing … Read More

Investments – Programmable Materials

27/03/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Living organisms expand and contract soft tissues to achieve complex, 3-D movements and functions, but replicating those movements with human-made materials has proven challenging.

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher recently published groundbreaking research in Nature Communications … Read More

Case Study: Friction And No-Friction

10/03/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Anyone that follows me on Twitter may have noticed that I’m not very good at following other people. It’s nothing personal, just that my brain is not capable of tuning in to fast moving streams of information/noise. That … Read More

Investments – Liquid Crystal Elastomers

27/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

A new material developed by University of Colorado Boulder engineers can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli, allowing a literal square peg to morph and fit into a round hole before fully reverting to … Read More

Patent of the Month – Electro-Manipulation of Cells

14/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Patent of the month this month comes from a sextet of inventors at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. US10,070,914 was granted on September 11, and primarily seems to concern the treatment of cancer cells, but it would … Read More

Case Study: Patient Compliance Small Picture

10/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Back in April we wrote an article about the difficulties of achieving patient compliance within the healthcare sector (Reference 1). The focus there was very much on the big picture, and, as such, the conclusions we drew could … Read More

Investments – Recycling Lithium Batteries

23/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Lei Pan’s team of chemical engineering students had worked long and hard on their research project, and they were happy just to be showing their results at the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition last April in … Read More

Dividing 40 into 52: TRIZmeta

20/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Next month sees the launch of our new ‘TRIZmeta’ playing cards. Readers with a very long memory may remember that, back in the early CREAX days we made a set of playing cards featuring the 40 Inventive Principles. … Read More

Patent of the Month – Tissue Preservation System

13/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Now, following a recent study, University of Missouri School of … 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

Patent of the Month – Metabolic Transistor In Bacteria

30/12/2018 |

Darrell Mann

We head to Texas for our patent of the month this month, to a trio of inventors at William Marsh Rice University. Their invention was granted as US10,011,839 on July 3rd. Here’s what they have to say about … Read More

Case Study: Frequent Callers

16/12/2018 |

Darrell Mann

 

This is the story of NHS paramedic, Rhian Monteith. She was concerned about small numbers of Accident & Emergency ward patients who seemed to keep coming back to the hospital she worked in. So called ‘frequent callers’. … Read More

Investments – Smart Bandage

05/12/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Chronic skin wounds from burns, diabetes, and other medical conditions can overwhelm the regenerative capabilities of the skin and often lead to persistent infections and amputations. With the idea of providing an assist to the natural healing process, … Read More

Investments – Battery-Free Smart Toys

25/11/2018 |

Darrell Mann

It is often said that the majority of innovations start their lives in the war, sex or toy domains. This month’s investment candidate is looking like it will make the transition from great idea to important reality via … Read More

Case Study: Level Crossing

17/11/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Humans can be pretty dumb sometimes. Everything the automotive industry does to make cars safer, we all compensate for by driving worse. There’s a similar phenomenon in the rail industry: the safer the level-crossing systems the rail industry … Read More

Patent of the Month – Reducing Ice Crystal Formation

07/11/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Our patent of the month this month is US9,986,733, granted to Bay Area start-up, X-Therma (x-therma.com, ‘biomimetic nanotech’) on the 5th of June. Here’s what the company has to say about the problem being solved in their invention:

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