The Innovation Blog

Dr. David S. Ricketts

Harvard Innovation Fellow | Innovation Keynote Speaker

Claytronics: Building Matter from Microscale Robots

Claytronics: Building Matter from Microscale Robots Today, computing engages a user’s senses of sight and hearing through video and audio devices whose effects the user must integrate into his or
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Magneto-Track Football: 3D Football tracking with Disney Research

Referees may soon have a new way of determining whether a football team has scored a touchdown or gotten a first down. Dr. Ricketts and his colleagues, in collaboration with
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Problem Representation

Problem representation relates to the fact that how we see or conceptualize a problem defines how we try to solve it. Solving difficult, high-impact problems requires finding a representation of
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invention vs. innovation

Invention vs. Innovation: Understanding the Difference

Invention vs. innovation — Many people mistake invention for innovation or believe that every invention is an innovation, but this is not exactly accurate. The key difference to understand is
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the champagne principle

The Champagne Principle: How to Turn Your Uniqueness Into a Market Leader

If you lived somewhere where you made bad wine, would it have occurred to you to make champagne instead? Probably not. But that’s what innovation is: taking sour lemons and
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Disruptive Innovation: How It Differs from Keystone Problems

What is the difference between disruptive innovation and solving keystone problems? Keystone problems are the things that must be overcome so that companies who have a nascent technology can actually
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