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Students or any Person can develop their creative Ideas in to valuable Inventions and also manage their Ideas & Inventions using specially designed Tools,techniques  & Templates available inside Inventor Tool boxes provided exclusively . Inventors (persons with just Ideas) ,Mentors (subject matter specialists )  and Sponsors  can share details under a single platform .

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FOR YOUNG INVENTORS TO INCULCATE THE HABIT OF CRAETIVE IDEAS FROM CHILD HOOD - TO ACTIVATE RIGHT , LEFT AND WHOLE BRAIN

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Ideastar ( Young Inventor) Software Tool box

 

Step by step tools to enable Idea-stars (Young Inventors) to develop new IDEAS

 

Collect as much of Ideas as possible & further develop them  as valuable ideas over a period of time. Prioritise  the Ideas and choose the suitable one for moving ahead with Invention process.

Treat this like playing a fun game to allow creativity to flow.

 

1.Mind mapping

 

2.Brain storming

 

3.Idea Analysis

 

4.Idea Synthesis

 

5.Idea bank

 

6. 5W & 1H  Analysis

 

7. 5 why Analysis

 



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1.Mind mapping 

Mind mapping is a tool that helps you to easily understand the information written in several pages of listed information by means of a pictorial representation. Several pages of complex brain stormed ideas can be represented by a single picture of mind map in a simple format making your understanding clear, effective learning and improves the problem solving ability. You will be able to remember & recollect the association between the connected ideas.

In the center is the main topic circled and surrounded by various related topics in smaller circles connected with branches. It is very similar to analysis, but the branching out smaller topics need not be the sub elements of central topic. Here, You are not breaking major topic in to smaller executable elements .

The branches are related topics, which further branches out in to other related topics. It is a very useful tool for Idea inventors and researchers. Who will the big picture of what are all the issues they have take in to account on the whole. What are all the other fields they have to associate at what stage of their invention. This help them to construct their PDCA wheel.

Every topic express with one or two words .use specific colours for every branch and continue the same colour for various levels of branching .stop branching when you find the topics getting repeated. It means you have reached the end for that particular branch. Move on to next topic . You will also find inter connection between the topics of branches.

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2.Brain storming

 

Break all the mental barriers & feel free to work on your Ideas.

Brain storming can also be used at any circumstances, may be your are in a middle of simple & generic problem you may come across while developing an invention and also for generating ideas. You do not know what to do next & you can not ask any body since , your invention is secret. Under such circumstances you can write down on a chart your problem and allow the ideas to flow through your mind and register them.let us take the case ,

 

There is no judgment on the quality of ideas that flows. No need for connectivity also. Just allow free flow of creative ideas. Record them. Normally it is conducted for 20 minutes. Only at the end of the session ideas are analysed and suitable ideas are taken for implementation. The rest of Ideas some times becomes tangible for a totally new idea by it self. Pour out as much Ideas as possible with an assumption that if not now then never , the world is going to end after that. You are not allowed to take your own sweet time, because what is needed is the spontaneous flow. 

 

Once collection of idea is completed then the next step is that  you will start grouping similar / related ideas and minimize the varities (some times a new Idea will emerge when you combine) .The next step is you will start eliminating the less significant & unwanted ideas (Remember In the beginning you only allowed even Bizzare ideas also to get in place  )until you freeze with ultimate Idea.

 

Brain storming can be both Individual or with a group. Individual is more powerful than group, because you won’t

Have feeling of getting criticized , you need not wait for your turn to come ( by the time you will forget your idea) and there is no mental block. There are no chances of getting influenced by other’s Ideas.  Individual brain storm is helpful for simple situations.

When you want to develop Ideas about a complex situation , then you must consider group brain storming.

 

 

 

Some of group Methods:

There are several methods and all are proven to be good at it’s own point of view.

 

Rolestorming method :

It is a group activity, rename your self as a totally different person whom you know very well (with in or out side the group) and play his role and start presenting Ideas in his style.

 

Round robin method:

One by one persons will present their ideas (only one idea at a time ). Wait for your turn in next round. You can also pause if you have no idea in a particular round.

 

Free form method:

Every body is free to present as many ideas as possible as many times repeatedly. The disadvantage is that 100% group contribution can not be expected.

 

Nominal group technique:

This is more structured and widely used for thoroughly listing all the intricacies of the subject under brain storm. The brain stormed lists are prioritized and synthesized by the leader to take major decisions on business strategies like new product / service launch & business reengineering and so on .   

 

    

Individual Brain storming as an example :

CASE 1:Idea for a social cause

 

 

Ambulance with patient got struck in the traffic Jam during an emergency  

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Ideas

1

Ambulance is too far away from traffic signal for traffic police to make way for it to pass through

2

Public awareness need to be improved

3

Impose penalty on vehicles blocking Ambulance passage

4

Ambulance revolving lamp need to be mounted at least 2 feet above roof for distance visibility 

5

Ambulance siren not audible to traffic cop while other vehicles are honking hence use different siren

6

Communication access for Ambulance driver to Traffic control room

7

Install CCTV cameras at signals

8

List will extend to lot more ideas

 

 For example “ More Vibration in equipment “ very generalized problem . The causes may be numerous. In this cases we want to get Ideas to get rid of vibration.

 

CASE 2

Step 1

More Vibration in equipment

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Original Ideas

1

Use coupling for rotating parts

2

Introduce bearings to support

3

Hydraulic power transmission,

4

components may be fouling with each other

5

Joining by welding/brazing

6

Joining with bolt & nut

7

Too many loose parts

8

Wear out of moving parts

9

Poor quality material

10

Low hardness

11

faulty design

12

Imbalancing

13

Temperature

14

High RPM

15

Over weight

16

Provide rubber shock absorbers

 

 

From the list choose few which you seem to be more appropriate

Step 2

Group the ideas with similarities & connected with each other you minimize in to 6 groups

More Vibration in equipment

Original Ideas

Grouping

Use coupling for rotating parts

                       I

Introduce bearings to support

Hydraulic power transmission

II

components may be fouling with each other

 

 

 

 

                  III

Joining by welding/brazing

Joining with bolt & nut

Too many loose parts

Wear out of moving parts

Poor quality material

Low hardness

faulty design

                IV

Imbalancing

Temperature

                V

High RPM

Over weight

                VI

Provide rubber shock absorbers

 

 

 

 

Step 3

Form new ideas by grouping ,freeze the ideas for implementation eliminate unwanted I & II.

More Vibration in equipment

Original Ideas

       Grouping

New Ideas By grouping

Use coupling for rotating parts

                   I

 

Introduce bearings to support

Hydraulic power transmission,

                    II

 

components may be fouling with each other

 

 

 

 

                     III

 

Redesign by minimizing number of parts

Joining by welding/brazing

Joining with bolt & nut

Too many loose parts

Wear out of moving parts

Poor quality material

Low hardness

faulty design

                    VI

Incorporate dynamic balancing

Imbalancing

Temperature

                    V

Provision for Air cooling by Turbofan

High RPM

Over weight

                    VI

Incorporate composite materials / Super Alloys

Provide rubber shock absorbers

 

III,VI,V & VI can be combined to get final Idea as “Redesign by minimising number of elements with Turbofan provision by using composite materials / Super Alloys and finally incorporate Dynamic balancing” 

 

 

 

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3.Idea Analysis 

Idea analysis is like the process of deduction wherein you cut down a bigger concept into smaller ones. As such, analysis breaks down complex ideas into smaller fragmented concepts so as to come up with an improved understanding.

If your main objective is at the center and you start breaking the end objective in to smaller components all around the end objective. The smaller components form the first circle of various ways & means to achieve the main objective. Further every smaller component (ways & means )are broken down in to number of tiny components (starting points) around every smaller component(ways & means) . You will reach a point that you can not further break down  any more . That is your starting point or first action point to reach every smaller component (ways & means). Once all the smaller components are fulfilled you will achieve the end objective.

This tool is used at very first instance ,once you have frozen your inventive idea after prioritizing and you want to proceed developing that idea in to an invention .

                                               

 

Idea  Anslysis

 

Problem

Contributors

Remedies

 

Car Parking space insufficient

Employees cars

Car pooling

 

Cab pick up & drop

 

Mark Parking layout

 

Valet parking

 

Use public parking space

 

Unauthorized cars

No entry for Cars with out label

 

Pick up Cabs

No cabs allowed to park inside  .

 
 

Employees wait out side for cab pick up & drop

 

Visitors cars

No visitors car parking

 

Limited time

 

Prior appointment

 

Specific day & time. visitors time table

 

 

                    

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4.Idea Synthesis

Synthesis, on the other hand, resolves a conflict set between an antithesis and a thesis by settling what truths they have in common. In the end, the synthesis aims to make a new proposal or proposition.

This tool help in the initial stage of screening the ideas among the cluster of ideas you have deposited in your Idea bank. When you list them, some of the ideas may have a thin line common among them. You will be able to connect them under a single thread like the stem of umbrella as the connecting point for the 8 to 10 edges of the umbrella. This stem will emerge as a new idea, which will be more powerful idea than the edges.

Enablers

Grouping

Results

Not maintaining minimum speed

Driver

Ambulances could not reach hospitals in time

Aged driver

Drunken driver

No divider for opposite vehicle

Road condition

Road under repair

Mud road with pot holes

Road block due to VIP visit

Traffic management

No traffic police to regulate

Pedestrians walk in the mid road

Traffic Signal lights not working

No by pass route

Bulky vehicle can not pass through

Ambulance

Siren not audible

Flash light too low level for visibility

Stops in-between poor  maintenance

No body follows traffic rules

Public

No consideration for emergency

No lane discipline

 

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5.Idea Bank

It is the first step in Idea development process. Idea bank is a disciplinary approach for an Ideastar (Basic inventor).

It is similar to simple diary writing habit. Date wise you will write  what ever the Ideas you come across on daily basis , sothat over a period of time you will see huge collection of ideas from various fields . Only when you start writing all your ideas in the Idea bank  you will be poured with more & more meaningful ideas.maintain a small pocket diary also , because at any moment ideas will strike in your mind , unless you make a note in your pocket diary you will not be able to recollect the same at a latter time.

You may write a problem for which you need to find out/Invent a solution

Or

You may you may write an Idea which is a new innovation .

Do not judge/restrict  on the ideas , simply start writing what ever that emerges out of your mind.

 

Idea bank  - In web space

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Date

Ideas

1

5-Jan-2015

Ambulance held in traffic jam

2

10-Jan-2015

Portable cost effective gas leak detector for Home & Automotive

3

15-Jan-2015

Portable solar charger compatiable for cars & 2 wheelers  

4

25-Jan-2015

Refrigerator with out electricity

5

1-Feb-2015

Ultrasonic Pest killer at farms as an alternate to pesticides   

6

5-Feb-2015

Alternate to riverbed sand for construction Industry

7

12-Feb-2015

Recycling from plastic wastes

8

15-Feb-2015

More accurate under ground water divining

9

22-Feb-2015

Endlessly and so on daily basis

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

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6.5W&1H.

                                                                                                                                                                          It is a well known tool, which does not need any theoretical explanations. By asking questions on what ever you see & come across , you will plenty of new ideas about new ways of doing what you see / come across .

The simplest & well known to all of us is : making questions on any Idea like :

When (Which ) ? What ?  Why ?  Where ?  Who? & How?

5W and 1H (Kipling method)

Wear-out of moving parts

Problems

Solutions

What are all the moving parts?

shafts, bushes and sprockets

Which materials they are made up of?

some are soft & some are hard

How long they last ?

some in days and other in weeks

Why they are wearing out?

Low hardness

Where they are manufactured

Some are in-house made & others are out sourced

Who certifies the parts ?

some are not certified, others  are certified by vendor & In-house

 

 

I can’t handle my luggage 

Problems

Solutions

What is the problem?

I have too many Luggage’s

Where is it happening? 

At the Train station

When is it happening?

In the mid night , way back from Delhi

Why is it happening? 

Because I have bought materials for Interior decoration of my new home

How can you overcome this problem? 

Send them through freight carriers 

Who do you need to get involved? 

My secretary will do it for me

When will you know you have solved the problem? 

When it arrives at home


 

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7.  5 why?

I would suggest you to use this powerful tool as much as possible, not to restrict only for root cause analysis . It will help you understand the issue from the grass root level and once in for all permanent remedial measure can be taken to mitigate.

The initial answer will only peel off the symptoms or simply causes , every time when it boils down to next why ? and true concrete answers the root cause of the problem surfaces clearly .  Hence, from the answer the next question why will arise until the exact root cause is drilled down. It is a very powerful root cause analysis tool. The questioning why? Need not stop at 5 sequences ,it can continue beyond that also for complex problems.

 

 

5 Why? Analysis

Problem :Fast wear out of rotating parts

Why are the rotating parts wear out fast?

Because of low hardness

 

 

Why there is low hardness  ?

Because they are being out sourced from vendor?

 

 

Why the vendor has not done job properly?

Because  heat treatment not done thoroughly

 

 

Why he has not done thoroughly?

Because of power failure during heat treatment

 

 

Why there is power failure during heat treatment?  

Because there is no back up power facility with vendor

 

 

Why there is no back up power facility with vendor?

Because he is not offered to

 

 

The root cause is absence of back up power and hence vendor selection criteria . Change the vendor

 

 

Problem :Newly invented Robot got stopped

Why did the robot stop?

Fuse blown off due to circuit over load

 

 

Why is the circuit overloaded?

Due to insufficient lubrication on the bearings  they got jammed .

 

 

Why there was insufficient lubrication on the bearings?

The Oil pump is not working

 

 

Why is the pump not circulating sufficient oil?

The pump intake is clogged with metal shavings.

 

 

Why is the intake clogged with metal shavings?

Because there is no filter on the pump.

 

 

The root cause of the problem Is “NO FILTER ON THE PUMP”

 


 

 

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