The Next Innovation. This is a series I’m going to start. By the time anyone reads this I would have already uploaded a few “Episodes”. I got this Idea of starting a series about the expected innovations of the future. Since my childhood I have this habit of imagining new science fiction gadgets. But, the times has changed now. There is no such thing as science fiction gadget today. Of course, Time travel and Teleportation are my favorite science fictions. And there are no gadgets to make them possible as of now or any near future. But, that is a story of another time in future /*pun intended*/. I am talking about plausible physical concepts. Today, anything is possible. For example A Torch light which can be used as projector, A wrist watch I can watch movies in, An inbuilt projector for cellphone, A Touch screen phone, An Invisible cloak, An actual flying toy helicopter etc are some of the science fiction gadgets I imagined in my childhood. Every one of those gadgets are available now.
First of all, I never realized I was the creative type until recently. Thanks to Steve Jobs for framing the definition of creativity aptly, so that I can add that to my attributes.
According to Steve Jobs,
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” – Steve Jobs, Wired, February, 1995.
This is it. This is what I used to do since my childhood. And this is what the whole “The Next Innovation” Series is all about. In this pilot, I going to share some of the stories of how I got some of the Ideas.
The Torch Light Projector: This appeared in my mind when I am around 10 years old. We used to live in a small village. I used to go to tuition (as in to do school homework). While returning home it used to be around night 8:00 PM. My walk home used to be around half kilometer. The street lights don’t cover all the roads and it used to be dark. So, obviously I used torch light while coming back to home. This was a daily routine thing. As routine things are boring my mind started looking for alternatives. I already came to know how a projector in the movie theater worked. So, I used to take the negatives of my family photo album and tried to project the pictures on the road. (They are not very clear on road but it was really a fun thing to do. Try it yourself someday.) So I thought it would be cool to watch a movie on the road while walking to home daily. So, now you see what Steve Jobs is talking about. I just connected simple things like walking and Projecting a movie. But, nobody in my friends or anybody I know, thought of that. And yes, I feel a little guilty when people tell me I am creative. Because, whatever I thought of, seemed pretty obvious to me and I thought anybody could do it. Three years later… I was reading a newspaper. Torch light projector. Used by Night Watchmen. Run by Batteries. Works for 8 hours.
Smart Wrist Watch: This happened when I was around 13 years old. My Dad bought me a new digital wrist watch. (Worth Rs. 20/- 😛 ). Its dial was pretty big for my wrist. The backstory is we moved to a city and this new school I was studying has separate study hours everyday. Coming to the present story, these study hours are boring. I used to pass time by playing silly games with my friends. Now this wrist watch was the new attraction. The exciting thing was, it had a stopwatch in it. So, as usual we played games using stopwatch. Games like Whoever starts and stops the stopwatch with lowest possible time. (My least is 0.01 according to the watch. It means 10 milliseconds. Beat that. 😀 ) Whoever holds their breath for longer time etc. Those games got boring after some days. I wanted more from my watch now. So as usual my mind went for movies. The dial of the watch is big. I thought it would be cool to watch movies in it. Four years later… My friend’s brother was studying medicine in china and came home for some days. The best part, he bought a Multimedia Watch for him. The next best part, it can open text files also. That means we can copy in exams, yay. The real best part, we can watch movies in it. We watched that 2012 movie about world ending in 2012. This was a dream come true moment for me. The best moments in life are when wanted something we thought was impossible and having it in our hands. You can imagine my happiness at that moment. Thank you China guy, whoever you are.
Touch Screen Phone: This was when I was 15-16 years old. It was the time when phones started playing videos. As we know, these phones have small SD cards and we open the file manager to see the files in the SD card. The phones I played with, used to have lot of songs and there used to be short video files in between. It was a tedious thing to press that stupid DOWN button for infinite times to open a video. So, I thought it would be awesome if I could just scroll that scroll bar like we do in the computer using mouse. I used to do gestures of touching that scroll button on phone’s screen and move it, hoping it would move. Obviously nothing happened there. Two years later… I think I don’t need to tell you what happened anymore.
Cell phone Projector: One day, while traveling in bus, I was watching a movie in my phone. Phone screens used to be small and while watching movies in phone we can’t see the people clearly. There was no movie experience. I just thought it would be cool if I can project the movie in my cell phone on the front seat (Back side). Two years later…
These are some of the stories of how I thought of some innovative things before they existed. Later I thought of many other things like Virtual reality gaming, Augmented reality, self driving car, gesture controls, self updating newspaper, videos on newspaper etc. The funny thing you must have observed is, I always found ways to watch movies and I am easily bored.
As you see, the science fiction gadgets I thought of are not fiction anymore. So, I am going to write the new Ideas I get, as and when they come. This is “The Next Innovation” Series.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed revisiting my childhood.
Until next time, Requiescat In Pace.
– Mr. Kenway
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