Innovation Inspiration #022—Research Something Old

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I just finished watching an incredible documentary on Netflix, about the U. S. Navy’s first submarine, the Alligator.

It was commissioned by President Lincoln, and designed and built by a professor of Jules Verne (and the design was likely the inspiration for Nautilus).

It had a conning tower, lime-water carbon-dioxide scrubber, and a lock-out chamber from which a diver could leave the sub and attack an enemy ship or port from below the water.


So go read the oldest non-fiction and fiction books you can find on the topic you wish to innovate in. You will probably find some good ideas that have been long-since forgotten, just begging to be redone with today’s technology and your creativity.



Author: Peter Sheerin

Peter Sheerin is best known for the decade he spent as the Technical Editor of CADENCE magazine, where he was the acknowledged expert in Computer-Aided Design hardware and software. He has a long-standing passion for improving usability of software, hardware, and everyday objects that is always interwoven in his articles. Peter is available for freelance technical writing and product reviews, and is exploring career opportunities in interaction design. His pet personal project is exploring the best ways to harmonize visual, tactile, and audible symbols for improving the effectiveness of alerting systems.

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