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Innovation III (as asked for by Alex)

Is this the story of reaching for more than you can have or seeking greater glory than you deserve? Or is this instead of the story of the futility of immortality? I argue the difference between an innovator and Ozymandias is as much that there was once something there versus there is nothing there now. Innovations live without the grandiose warning.

The conversation drifted instead to the questions never asked of Ozymandias. The things the travelers didn’t have a chance to ask the “king of kings.” If all your change leaves nothing when you are gone is in fact that changes at all?

If you would indulge me for a moment, let’s talk about the poetry of innovation. Poetry is an expression that shows instead of telling, and for me, the poetry here is that moment when that innovation is no longer cherished by the cutting edge of innovation. That cutting edge that is so clearly defined as not mainstream. That box is where the early adopters live and when the systems fail they are on the bleeding edge.

Innovations move towards the mass market slowly sometimes. But at other times they move like a steam roller grasping the mass audience by the nose and leading it to a refrigerator filled with deserts and other great wonders. Would you like a glass of port with that?

Other times as I said they move slowly. Picking up steam and becoming stronger over time. Moving from a device used by those who saw the value to the device everyone has to have. Sometimes they seem to catch on, seem to grasp something the market wants only to have a newer better widget step in and take the mass market away.

All of this is of course dependent upon the existence of a manufacturing base. That base creates a new way to approach the market. This new way less about innovation, although incremental innovations occur it’s the big company way. I have said for years that you could not out research companies with huge R&D staffs. You can get ahead for a time, but if it is a mass or consumer market that is close to them, they will flood that market with new things.

The rumored Apple iWatch v5 is a great example. Pundits and analysts are speculating left and right what sensors it will have. Blood sugar and glucose are out because the rumor is the chips to do that are expensive and don’t exist yet. But barometric sensors, ambient temperature, and so many others are possible.

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.


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  1. now you’re touching on one of my favorite facets of innovation; the edge is by definition ahead of its time, so there is no way of knowing how the public will react to the new tech

    so many brilliant ideas languished for years, decades or even longer because the benefits weren’t properly understood or valued by the community

    • Thank you my friend. I have found the conversation to be interesting over the years. I cannot tell you how many innovators reach out to me, and start the conversation with it is a billion dollar market.

      I smile, nod my head and say, no it isn’t.

  2. “Innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs.” I just read this from Wikipedia. Interesting to learn new things.

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