Accidental Innovation – The Microwave Oven

Accidental Innovation – The Microwave Oven

Many of the inventions we have now started out as accidents. One accidental innovation was the microwave oven. We take it for granted when we want a quick cooked meal, popcorn or a warmed over slice of pizza from the night before. It’s easy to wonder how we ever...

Accidental Innovation – Super Glue

As an innovation keynote speaker and inventor I often talk about the “aha moment”. This is when it seems as though an idea just comes to you from out of the blue. But there are other ways inventions happen when you’re not looking for them. Many...

Inventor of Scotch Tape – Richard Gurley Drew

As a creativity keynote speaker, one of the things I talk about is serendipity, or finding something valuable that you’re not looking for. Scotch brand tape was one of those serendipitous ideas that was invented to solve one problem and ended up solving many...

Inventor of Coston Flares

If inventors know one thing it’s how to make lemons out of lemonade. History is full of stories about inventors who have succeeded despite failure and tragedy, and inventor Martha Coston dealt with both.   She married a man, Benjamin Coston, a scientist who...