Headline Nov 02, 2015/ "' STUDENT BANGING ON A POT = INVENTOR "'



INVentors  just delight in the process. Inventions can take years to come to fruition, so inventors must have a supreme ability to delay gratification, right?

On the contrary: Although a workable invention seems like the ultimate payoff, the rewards for inventors are constant. "every step you take is a eureka moment," says Anina Sakaguchi-

Who graduated from the University of Gueph with a degree in biological engineering and then went to pursue a Master's Environmental Science at the University of Toronto.

At Guelph, Sakaguchi was part of a student team that won the  2008  Dyson Canada Design Competition for engineering a novel bicycle braking system that could work with one hand. She says  each new version of the design offered another chance to ask the question:

"How do I make it better?" Triumphs and roadblocks can be equally invigorating. "The public sees the end product, but it's how you got there that interests me," says Sakaguchi. "Every answer leads to other questions, and that's exciting."

The notion that the process of discovery is the gratification hits upon a key aspect of how inventors think, suggests : Marilyn Jones-Gotman a professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Montreal Neurological Institute:
"If you're intellectually curious," she says, "the voyage is at least as rewarding as arriving at the end point."

3. The Inventors See the World As A Child Does.
Given a pot and a wooden spoon, you may think of cooking soup, but the child may see a musical instrument. The kid banging on a pot essentially is an inventor, says Toronto's Mark Ellwood, former head of the Inventors' Alliance of Canada.

''That's what inventors do,'' he says. ''They see new possibilities, and don't follow conventions.''

Ellwood's   ''new possibility,''  the TimeCorder, is a hand-held tool incorporating 26 electronic stopwatches that allow people to easily track distinct tasks throughout their workdays. Supplied to Ellwood's corporate clients, this productivity tracking device is meant to be used for two weeks, after which Ellwood produces a time-usage study.

He says inventors need to balance logic and intellect with a truly open mind  -in short, to think like children: ''Children don't put the brakes on their thinking.''

So a messy colouring book can be like an inventor's notepad. ''For inventors, thinking outside the box is like colouring outside the lines,'' Ellwood says. ''That's where genuine creativity comes in.''

Katie Bell, who was on the winning design team with Sakaguchi, agrees. She says the most creative inventors retain a sense of childlike wonder about the world around them. She recalls at time at the university, watching from the Engineering building as workers at a construction site operated a large crane.

''I'd think about the mechanic of the crane, how it lifts, and about the operator in his cab with his joystick,'' says Bell. ''I was just mesmerised.''

It's the kind of thong that would intrigue a child   -or a 22 year old budding inventor, which Bell was at the time. ''Children don't have inhibitions, and they ask questions about everything,'' says Bell, now a research-and-development engineer at a medical-device firm.

''At some point, that can get muffled. But inventors foster those traits.''

4/They Are Dreamers.
Are inventors more creative than the rest of us? Not necessarily, says psychology researcher Robert Epstein, a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, and former editor of Psychology Today magazine.

Many of us have thought up fascinating and potentially quite remarkable ideas, ''but inventors are risk takers,'' says Epstein.

*''They pay attention to those ideas, say them aloud and act on them.''*   

So, Inventors might be great at coming up with ideas and solving problems, but their biggest challenge can be yielding a marketable product.

''It's not enough to have a great idea, says Toronto's Mark Ellwood, former head of the Inventors' Alliance of Canada. Ask some basic marketing questions: Consider the problem that the invention solves   -does it occur enough to make people care?

What's the potential market for the product? How will you reach it?

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