Throughout history, there are several cases of innovations inspired from cross-industry and cross-domain ideas. Three such interesting stories, Caudalie is a leading French skincare brand owned by a couple, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas. The Mathilde family which owned vineyards got their idea for grapeseeds inspired skincare products when they had
Canary release is a technique to reduce the risk of introducing a new software version in production by slowly rolling out the change to a small subset of users before rolling it out to the entire infrastructure and making it available to everybody. Canary testing is recommended as good practice
Nike’s co- founder,Bill Bowerman, who was a track and field coach at the time, had been searching for a way to make shoes lighter and faster. While he was working to find a solution to this problem, his chat with his wife over breakfast got him the inspiration to build
Long before Henry Ford adapted it to automobile production, meat packers had developed the first industrial assembly line. It was more accurately a “disassembly line,” requiring nearly 80 separate jobs from the killing of an animal to processing its meat for sale. “Killing gangs” held jobs like “knockers,” “rippers,” “leg
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’
You might have always wondered as to why only of your siblings had a sharp nose or wide ears? The answer to your question can be answered if you understand certain principles of heredity. The field of genetics has come a long way over the last decade or so. Business
German company, Celluveyor has invented a conveying system with an omnidirectional drive technology for complex material handling tasks. Essentially, it is a conveyor belt with hexagon wheels which moves the materials in many directions and allows quick assembly. It removes the classic lean waste related to transportation and waiting time.
Heart patients worldwide owe a lot to Dr. Werner Forssmann. In the late 1920s, the medical community knew little about how to treat heart ailments. Instead, most of what we knew about hearts came from studying cadavers. Forssmann was inspired by a textbook that featured a tube entering the heart
In the 1700s, famine in Europe occurred regularly—crops failed and invading armies often stole or burned food. Frederick the Great of Prussia saw in the potato a solution. Highly filling and weather resistant, it was also a difficult crop to steal or destroy. But Prussians wouldn’t have it. Potato eating
A well-known book by the German-born Swiss writer Hermann Hesse ‘The Glass Bead Game’ has inspired innovator Martins Jansons to come up with Bead Game which is now getting more popular as it tries to bring together the digital world without losing the charm of playing a physical board game.