We’re always on the lookout for new tools that can help us with invention – be it to enable product development efforts, to inform market research analysis, or simply to motivate us even more about this space we love so much.
In that last area of motivating, we found and wanted to share a fun tool we discovered on the History Channel’s UK website: a “This Day in History” page. Enter a date (month and day) and it will recap all the monumental things that occurred in history on that date. Today, for example, simply within the world of invention and innovation:
April 14, 1970: The Apollo 13 explosion took place. We’re big fans of the movie, but even bigger fans of the “let’s work the problem” spirit demonstrated by the inventive scientists who rolled up their sleeves, brainstormed, bootstrapped, and ultimately did “invent a way to put a square peg in a round hole” to bring our boys safely back to earth.
April 14, 1927: The first Volvo automobile rolled off the assembly line in Sweden. Years in the making, it wasn’t nearly as safe as the Volvos we all know today, but it lay down a foundation for a new movement in crash-resistant cars. Many a lives have since been saved by Volvo’s boxy inventions.
April 14, 1912: The ill-fated Titanic hit that iceberg. Not the world’s finest hour in invention. Yet the legacy has been of great consequence: it led to extensive efforts to invent more secure vessels, parts and configurations. And it broadened the use of then-breakthrough wireless telegraphy devices for communications and the issuing of distress calls.
We’re already looking forward to looking up more stuff tomorrow. But more importantly, what are you doing to add to today’s inventive history? It’s not too late.