- Blue Belt
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- Joined: Tue Apr 24, 2007 7:56 pm
- Location: Denver
Last night I was reading over this web site when my son came up and asked what I was doing. He's 12. I told him, and he gave me long look then said, "I can't want till I'm older so I can come up with an invention and be rich." I said "why does you have to wait till your older." He walked over and sat on the couch for about 2 min and said " What if you had something the connected to an Ipod that did ..... That would be pretty cool right." I said yeah, but to do it you'd need a software change on the ipod, and then you'd need a way to add hardware plugged in that did this, that wouldn't drain the battery too fast." I said it's a great idea, but I'm not sure how much it would cost to make. But don't give up, write it down to do more research on it. Just because I dont' know how to do it cheaply, doesn't mean it can't be done either now or next year." He smiled and sat back down. About 5 seconds later, he popped back up and said, "OK, what if you took a football, then made this to see how you were catching the ball. If you added this to it you could ensure good technique when catching. Then you could add this to it and it could be a game, and if you had two people it could be a compition. I looked up at him and was really proud. The concept was pretty simple. A couple of the add ons get a bit out there but in general, we could make a prototype for about $30-45. I told him it was a really good idea. Now what was he going to do? He sat back down grabbed his notebook wrote for a min then stared to stare off again. 2-3 min later he pops up again and says, "Ok I got it. If you took a bike, and you take off this and put that on it, and turn this upside down and attach it here....
In about 15 min, he outlined 3 ideas, one not real realistic, one very feasable, and one with potential. Three different markets, and completely different.
I have notebooks with about 300+ ideas in them. Some are on the market, (Not by me) One or two are actually pretty good. But I don't think I ever came up with three that were so different so fast.
So, whatever that guys name is in Japan with the 3000+ patents, lookout. There is compitition on the horizon, and he's 12 years old.