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12.4.5. Analytic: Proof


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The proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say. And the proof of an invention is the degree to which it solves the problem.

Fig. 12.3 The Analytic sequence

It is that this stage that not only the hypothesis is tested, but all of the other stages as well. If the invention is successful, it will be sufficiently attractive to the target customer base that they will pay enough for it to be a viable product.

Show your idea to open-minded people and listen for their positive thoughts. Make mock-ups out of scrap materials. Build computer models. Eventually, you will have to try it in real circumstances with real customers. When people refuse to give you back your prototype, you might just have a winner on your hands!

For example, the race-goer might not want to sit down, and may not be able to see the race from that position. But the use of body-heat could prove viable, and a flexible container that straps to the body could prove a better solution.

Other parts of the analytic sequence:

Other sections in this chapter are:

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