Ideas for new products and features: Whether a new product or an innovative product feature – we will supply you with marketable ideas which awaken ambition.
Technical solution concepts: To solve your problem we develop clever mechanical and electronic concepts and drive them forward from the engineering phase through to series-production readiness. Here we closely observe established solutions from other industries, in line with the motto, "You don't have to reinvent the world – sometimes you just need to take another look!“
Ideas for new services: It is not always only technical solutions which lead to success. Delight your customers by offering new services. We will show you appropriate trends from other industries and use these to develop ideas for your company.
Overview of patents: By carrying out systematic patent research and analyses, we identify potential property rights barriers to new ideas and give you an overview of the development activities of your competitors.
Ideas for circumventing patents: You want to stop your competitor from having exclusive success with a new product? We will find ways for you to circumvent existing industrial property rights and offer an equivalent solution.
THREE STEPS TO EXCEPTIONAL IDEAS
Step 1: Initially, you leave us alone with your problem. Impartially and with focused lateral thinking, we develop ideas and technical solution approaches without any external influence.
Step 2: We will surprise you with exciting ideas, which you might not immediately think of when looking through the blinkers of company culture. In an innovation workshop with your team, we combine these ideas with the knowledge of your staff. In our experience, the initial exciting ideas are a valuable stimulus for breaking away from conventional ways of thinking and motivating you to think out of the box. The end result is a collection of unconventional ideas – ideas which your team believe in too.
Step 3: In consultation with the workshop participants, we refine the favorite ideas and document them in a comprehensible way. Then we help you to drive promising ideas forward. By using feasibility studies and opportunity-risk evaluations, we clarify the real potential of the ideas. Our visualizations, mockups and functional models will help you to "sell" good ideas successfully to others within your company.
IDEAS THROUGH COINCIDENCE?
We use various techniques to specify problems in greater detail, to generate ideas and to accelerate the flow of ideas, to widen the search-field and to release mental blocks. Depending on the situation, we select methods from the following pool:
■ Brainwriting (635-Method)
■ The Metaplan approach
■ Metamind (our own development, a combination of Metaplan and Mindmapping)
■ TRIZ-Light (our own development, a highly simplified version of the TRIZ theory of inventive problem-solving)
■ Osborn checklist
■ Progressive abstraction
■ Morphological analysis (Zwicky box)
■ Visual synectics
■ Associations from the natural world (Bionics)