Category Archives: TRIZ Tools

The Inventive Gondola

On a recent trip to Venice I learnt a little about the design of the gondola and was delighted to discover that it displays a number of TRIZ inventive principles. The hull of the gondola is asymmetric (Inventive Principle #4) … Continue reading

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Formula 1 technology monitors children in hospital

An interesting article in the BBC this morning highlighted how technology is being adapted to different fields. Telemetric data from cars is being continuously recorded and fed back to the F1 team, allowing them to monitor the levels of tyre … Continue reading

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The future of the umbrella

One problem from the recent bad weather we have been having here in the UK is that you can’t guarantee what the weather will be like from one hour to the next. To be prepared, you need to have an umbrella, … Continue reading

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Why our food is making us fat

The article in the Guardian newspaper last week on “why our food is making us fat”  was riveting. It describes how in the western world we have become hooked on sugar, and the role of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) … Continue reading

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The disproportionate benefits of conservation

People often ask me, or rather more accurately tell me, that “TRIZ sounds great for engineers but it wouldn’t be useful in my field of work, would it?”. I found this interesting example, not of an initiative that actually used … Continue reading

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The evolutionary trends of Pinterest

One of the key TRIZ components I help to teach and facilitate at Oxford Creativity is that of Evolutionary Trends. These are the typical paths that previous innovation has taken eg Increased Flexibility or Shortening of Energy Flows. Watching recent … Continue reading

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