Remember the days when we had to worry about tangled earbuds? If you don’t, you were born in the age of wireless earbuds. With the sudden rise of wireless earbuds from every company known to manufacture such electronics, companies have embraced this product with full arms. Yet the beauty of such an innovative product is that we can easily analyze how it was created with an innovation method called Systematic Inventive Thinking. Even if you don’t know what Systematic Inventive Thinking is you can already analyze this product on the surface level, but by using such an innovation method we can appreciate the simple beauty of innovations. For wireless headphones, we will use the Subtraction Technique of Systematic Inventive Thinking to analyze it (remove an essential component from a product, process, or service).
The transition to wireless headphones
Take a look at this traditional headphone. They worked perfectly. The product itself didn’t necessarily need an update. However, innovation does not require a product to be broken or flawed. Innovation is simple changing an aspect of an already existing product to create a new set of benefits and values for the customer. By removing the wire component from the traditional headphones, it created the wireless headphones. Companies were now faced with more of a technical challenge to create this new product with Bluetooth functionalities. The benefits were already known. No headphone user wanted tangled headphones. However, with the rise of wireless earbuds, a new wave of fashion took them over. Now, it seems almost fashionable to be wearing wireless headphones such as Apple’s AirPods. Once again, a simple removal of a component can result in a completely new and innovative product.
What this means
This means that you can create your own innovations. What? How in the world did I jump to that conclusion? Because Systematic Inventive Thinking can be used to analyze a majority of the innovations around us, they can also be used to create innovations of your own. Why? Because whether or not these headphones companies knew it, they used the subtraction technique of Systematic Inventive Thinking to ideate and create wireless headphones.
Some awesome wireless innovations
Some of the top wireless headphones just for you! I personally own two of these simple innovations.