I have four kids and I don't know about you, but my kids are constantly having to come up with new invention ideas for school projects. They helped me come up with some "memory joggers" for ideas that kids can develop possibly into some great ideas. Some kids need to actually make something while other projects just involve coming up with something in theory, I list both.
1. Dream Controller: A device that could control what a person will dream about. Pick a new dream each night if you want, or have a continuing dream like chapters in a book.
2. Bed Head Restorer: A hair brush with a built in spritzer that spritzes water in areas that are unruly as you're brushing you're hair.
3. An extension cord that's wireless: This could also be really handy for people who use things like an electric snow shovel.
4. A wheelchair that can back up steps
5. For people who are blind, a Cane Sensor which can detect and make a sound when a person is close to an object in a room.
6. Shoe sensor: Going along the lines of the cane sensor, something could be developed to have a similar sensor embedded on the toes of a persons shoes.
7. A portable power device that a person could charge their phones, iPods, or computers with whenever they are out and about and a battery dies.
8. A solar powered flash light
9. A solar powered lawn mower.
10. A Clean Teeth Detector. This could be done with an electronic tooth brush that has a type of laser built in. When a person has finished brushing his or her teeth, toothbrush could read how well his or her teeth were brushed and rate in on a scale of 1-10. This way, a person really knows when he or she is done brushing. Could eliminate some dental cleaning bills if it's used right.
11. A jar that vacuum seals itself
12. A garbage can with a retractable lid. This would eliminate you're lid blowing away or the trash collectors mistaking it for garbage which has happened to me so many times in my life I can't count.
13. A bug zapper which attracts insects (by smell maybe) and then zaps them. You'd need something for the bugs to fall into as well if used indoors.
14. Glow in the dark clothes including watches, jewelry, hair accessories, shoes.
15. A camera for classrooms so if a kid has to miss several days, a camera could be given to him or her so they can still participate in class.
These are just a few new invention ideas my kids helped come up with. I'm sure you can take some of them and develop them into something even better. The key is to have fun with the ideas.
It's fun to have new invention ideas. And you may not realize this, but you probably have them all the time. Or at least a couple a month. But what happens when you want to get serious about your ideas and financially want to benefit from them? There's a lot of information on the internet. The problem is, that information is confusing and often conflicting and can leave the new inventor a little frustrated. So lets start with you're ideas.
Where do we get these new invention ideas that can make us money? Some inventors look at new products as they enter the marketplace and find ways to make these products even better. This is an easy way however it usually involves purchasing the product, using it for awhile, documenting you're findings and then deciding if it's worthwhile to come up for a new idea with this product and move on. Chances are at worst you've purchased a product that works well, at best you have one or more new invention ideas focused around this product.
Being creative isn't that hard and is the only way to come up with brand new invention ideas. You're goal when you're "thinking cap is on" is to come up with a way to make something simpler, more user friendly, more diverse, or more precise than the current product or system on the market.
Some people focus on their everyday surroundings and make physical lists of everything in his or her home. Going from room to room, make a list of everything you see in that room. At first, don't pre-judge and omit anything at all. Just focus on you're list.
Take the bathroom for example:
... and so on
Believe me, the bathroom list will more than likely be three times as large as the example I've listed. I just wanted you to understand to list every single thing. Don't forget to dig into the drawers, cabinets, and closet too. Once you're done, analyze all the items you've come up with and determine what products could be improved upon. What would make YOU happier about them? What would you change if you could? Maybe it's a simple device that will, with the touch of a button, open the window just enough to let the steam out of the room. Or maybe it's not through the window at all. Maybe it's something that's built into the shower or walls that allow the steam to escape. Something other than the exhaust fans that are generally found in bathrooms. Maybe it's a coating that goes on the sink that can be used in between bathroom cleanings that keeps the whiskers and toothpaste from clinging to the sink? Maybe it's a device that holds the soap and keeps it from sliding out of the soap dish. These are all simple ideas to hopefully help you understand what I mean.
Keep a file of you're lists as you go through you're rooms. It's amazing how much "stuff" we accumulate. As you go through the rooms, make another list of things in that room you're thinking of throwing away, giving to someone, or selling. It's common if we're in a room long enough, we'll start cleaning or thinking about getting rid of stuff. Don't get rid of anything yet though. Just make a list. When you're done with THIS list, look at each item and think about why you'd like to get rid of it. Does it not work well? Is there something wrong with it? Did you not find it useful? What could you do to make it useful? How could you improve on this product or idea?
Once you've gone through you're entire house, you've got a foundation to work from in order to come up with new invention ideas almost at will.