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Campaign to destroy Patent Trolls and break the patent stranglehold

18/11/2018 |

The patent system was created to support entrepreneurs and encourage innovation – now it does the opposite stifling both innovators and new ideas. Now patent trolls are using the system to rip off manufacturing companies and large corporations are registering … 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

Biology – Arctic Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus parryii or Urocitellus parryii)

14/11/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Every September arctic ground squirrels in Alaska, Canada and Siberia retreat into burrows more than a meter beneath the tundra, curl up in nests built from grass, lichen and caribou hair, and begin to hibernate. As their lungs … Read More

Wow In Music – Awaken

13/11/2018 |

Darrell Mann

1977. Punk had arrived. Which meant if you were Prog, you had suddenly become a dinosaur. Literally overnight. Some prog bands never recovered. Archetypal prog band, Yes, instead took the bit between their teeth and produced one of … Read More

Generational Cycles – 12 Rules For (Millennial) Life

11/11/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Could the plight of today’s 20-something white American male be cured with a self-help book? For tens of thousands, the answer appears to be a surprising yes.

The author, Jordan Peterson, is a clinical psychologist and college professor … Read More

Short Thort

07/11/2018 |

Darrell Mann

We often use the mouse-in-maze metaphor to describe the innovation process. The basic idea is that we, first, need to know where the cheese is. This is the Ideal Final Result in TRIZ. Knowing where the destination is … 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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The 10th International Conference on Systematic Innovation (ICSI) & the 9th Global Competition on Systematic Innovation (GCSI)

06/11/2018 |

ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Date: July 08-11, 2019, Liverpool, UK Web: http://www.i-sim.org/icsi2019 E-mail: icsi2019@i-sim.org

 

Co-Organizers

  • International Society of Innovation Methods (I-SIM)
  • The Society of Systematic Innovation (SSI)
  • The University of Liverpool Management School (Local Host)
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Case Studies: Magic?

04/11/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Back in 1987, Michael Jackson amazed the world with his biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video Smooth Criminal. In the routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45-degree angle, while keeping his body straight as … Read More

Biology – Sea Slug (Elysia chlorotica)

31/10/2018 |

Darrell Mann

In an amazing achievement akin to adding solar panels to your body, a Northeast sea slug sucks raw materials from algae to provide its lifetime supply of solar-powered energy, according to a study recently published by scientists at … Read More

Investments – 3D-Printed Skin Sensors

28/10/2018 |

Darrell Mann

In a groundbreaking new study, researchers at the University of Minnesota used a customized, low-cost 3D printer to print electronics on a real hand for the first time. The technology could be used by soldiers on the battlefield … Read More

Wow In Music – Wow In Music – Boogie Wonderland

24/10/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Disco music is one of the most denigrated of all the popular genres. For the most part there is good reason for the criticism. The cream, however, always rises given time, and Earth, Wind & Fire’s massive hit, … Read More

DSRP vs LoSC

21/10/2018 |

Darrell Mann

A good friend told me I had to take a look at Derek & Laura Cabrera’s book, ‘Systems Thinking Made Simple’ (Reference 1) a few weeks ago. My intrigue was brought to a critical level when I saw … Read More

Best of the Month – Synchronicity

17/10/2018 |

Darrell Mann

To be honest, I’ve put off reading this book for a long time. It’s sat in my library, next to The Fifth Discipline since I found a copy in a junk shop several years ago. The reason I … Read More

Generational Cycles – Spot The Year?

14/10/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Let’s keep things simple this month. Here’s a poster from the Whitney Museum.

Can you guess the year?

Answer:

And here’s the point….

Related posts:

  1. Welcome to the August 2008 Issue of The TRIZ Journal! … Read More

TRIZmeta the triz game that breaks all the rules.

11/10/2018 | 1

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

Playing TRIZ

11/10/2018 |

Christian Thurnes, Claudia Hentschel and Frank Zeihsel

 

 

Playing TRIZ Games and Cases for Learning and Teaching Inventiveness

Learning and teaching inventiveness often hands us situations in which we fear completely unjustified leaps just as much as too rigorous … 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

Not So Funny – Principle 8, Counterbalance

03/10/2018 |

Darrell Mann

“Where the weight of an object or system causes problems, combine it with something that provides lift.”

Or:

“When an entity or system deviates from a desired path, introduce protocols or forces that provide a re-stabilising … Read More