Author Archives: Paul Sloane

Why did No-one Think of This Before?

Have you ever seen an idea in action and thought, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’  Let’s look at three recent innovations which might surprise you. Washing machines can be very heavy. This is because they contain concrete blocks weighing about 25 kgs which are needed as counterweights to keep the machines stable during spin cycles.  Researchers at Nottingham Trent ...

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The Benefits of Being Unpredictable

The Benefits of Being Unpredictable - Innovation Excellence

The general rule in business is to offer a consistent high-quality product to customers so that they know what to expect. It would be most unwise for a company making parachutes, ejector seats or defibrillators to suddenly do something capricious or random. However, if you are dealing with consumers it can occasionally pay to break the rule.

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Innovate with a Nudge?

Behavioural nudges are clever policy tweaks often used by governments to influence the choices that people make. They are often found to be more effective and less costly than direct actions such as quotas, taxes or subsidies. Here are some simple examples...

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As Robots Take Over We Will Need More Innovators

As Robots Take Over We Will Need More Innovators - IAs Robots Take Over We Will Need More Innovators - Innovation Excellence

The Hadrian X robot is made by Fastbrick Robotics from Australia. It can lay 1000 house bricks in an hour (video below). The average bricklayer lays around 500 bricks a day. We will soon see robots doing much of the standard work in building assembly with a small number of skilled craftsmen supervising them, applying finishing touches or...

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