Artificial voice box device supported by toy maker

Art has inspired several engineering wonders at mammoth scales. However, the innovation story of a toy maker, helping a Doctor to create an surgical device for helping  throat cancer patients is something really incredible. Dr.Vishal Rao, an oncologist based in Bangalore wanted to do something about the high cost incurred

Double Diamond Interchange(DDI): Valuable innovation lessons for other industries

Globally, road intersections are the points where the probability of accidents is generally found to be on the higher side. Intersections, typically have crossing, merging and diverging conflict points leading to confusion amongst drivers. The situation gets worse when you add the increasing number of vehicles, quality of roads and

Positioning on value: Learning from meat industry

In a hyper competitive world, positioning commodity products only on pricing is a risky proposition. Companies always try to sell the ‘value’ tag to differentiate themselves from competition. Meat industry in developed countries is no exception. What can meat industry teach others on positioning based on value? Traditionally meat suppliers

Poland’s Idea Bank Express

Innovation which brings digital experience in physical world, sometimes known as ‘phygital’ if done well can be engaging, disruptive and impactful. Poland’s Idea Bank known for its innovation is definitely showing the world how to win in ‘phygitial’ category. Aimed at targeting the SME business segment, Idea Bank identified that

Task Shifting to tackle medical emergencies

Attracting and retaining talent is always a key challenge for all industries. The challenge gets amplified when dealing with skill shortages in  emergency health workers and the region under discussion in African countries. Ethiopia understanding the gravity of the problem is using ‘Task Shifting’ as a prudent innovative approach to

Swarm intelligence to solve business problems

Everyday businesses are flooded with the need to make all sorts of decisions – strategic, operational and tactical .Many of these decisions are taken by business managers or leaders who may or may not always follow a popular view for that particular decision. Have you ever looked into how  nature

Price menu for healthcare services: Unheard but possible

Whenever we purchase something online or in the market, we look for features, quality and most importantly pricing. In case of online purchase, transparency in pricing is a must have. And, there is whole lot of pricing comparison sites and innovations happening in aggregation platforms. Can we imagine the same

Making it too easy can backfire: Cake mix story

At times making it too easy can backfire! That’s what  General Mills, a famous US based  Food company uncovered when they were investigating the reasons as to why their Betty Crocker brand ‘Cake mix’ failed to generate sales. On analysis they found the following issues, – Women always took pride

Photocopier drum inspired by beer

A product innovation example offered in 1991 by Ikujiro Nonaka and Martin Kenney in the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management involved a key part of a photocopier — its drum. A team of engineers at Canon Inc. was considering how to redesign the drum in order to ease photocopiers’

Linux inspired gold mining challenge

Open source software has come a long way since the Linux revolution. Back in 90s, it was such a unorthodox and powerful concept to make software free challenging the big proprietary software firms. Today, RedHat  a company specialising in open source IT products today is a classic example of how