Overlooked Innovations: Musical Comb

March 10, 2011 · Posted in innovation · Comment 

MOD Hair musical comb, (Photo credit: Fabio Milito)
Run your finger across the teeth of this comb and it plays a song. This is same concept as a music box. It’s hundreds of years old but never applied this way. It could have been made thousands of years ago.

Overlooked Innovations: Spin Dry Mop Bucket

October 2, 2010 · Posted in innovation · 2 Comments 

The Mopking super spin dry mop uses centrifugal force to remove the water from the mop. This saves work, produces a better result, and is more convenient. This one is powered by a foot pedal but they also make a rechargeable battery powered bucket that can even be used by handicapped people.

This is the first of a new category of articles I’ll be making that reveals overlooked innovations. Even though there was a large need and no technological barriers, this innovation was overlooked for more than 100 years. The primary reason this rather simple but vastly better innovation was overlooked is people had accepted a single paradigm and only made incremental changes. The concept of squeezing a rag to dry it out was passed along to mops and has remained for thousands of years. There are dozens of much better ways of achieving the goals of mopping which have been overlooked. This tendency to focus on one concept then drag it along even when it is clearly only marginally satisfying users applies to every area of life. The Predictive Innovation® helps you break out of that trap.