As I pass through my environment I see an endless stream of opportunities to improve upon the tools, conveniences, and institutions that are our heritage. I have disciplined myself to immediately jot down innovative thoughts and later to write them down in detail. Inspirations that can be developed into an invention or scientific innovation are formally written up in my invention journals.
I have learned that development of an idea into a product in the marketplace, or to the acceptance of a new theory in physics, is a long and arduous process and should not be undertaken until time and resources can be dedicated to the effort.Consumer Products
It is difficult to encounter anyone who has not thought of an improvement to a tool or utensil they use in day-to-day living. But reducing it to practice, i.e. going through the steps necessary to bring an invention to market, is usually a long and expensive process. For a lone inventor the cost of obtaining a patent using a patent lawyer is usually from $10,000 to $15,000. Finding a company willing to license the patent is difficult. Manufacturing a new product yourself involves multiple skills and financing. Enforcing a patent to collect royalties can become an expensive nightmare.
Only about 5 or 6% of patents result in a product in the marketplace. Only 1 to 5% of patented products are commercially successful in the marketplace. (see Invention Success Rates) In our Washington D.C. area inventor's club (INCA), over a period of 22 years, over several hundred members, we have had several members become millionaires from their inventions. So our success rate is about average.
The 1% odds of becoming a millionaire through a consumer products invention can be greatly improved through perseverance, personal energy, expert advice, resources, and good luck.
I have made about a dozen attempts to bring a product to market during the last thirty years. Two of them reached the marketplace; one of them resulted in the successful establishment of Lumitex, Inc. a multimillion-dollar manufacturer of light emitting fabrics and related products. Several of my attempts resulted in $50,000 in personal losses or more. Each project resulted in valuable lessons learned and I made every effort to avoid repeating my mistakes.
The raise of the Internet has suddenly and dramatically changed the marketing of inventions. The arduous process of finding a patent lawyer, of conducting patent searches, of finding a patent salesman, of finding vendors and potential clients, of finding investors, is now only a few keystrokes away. For the first time a prolific inventor can establish his own invention factory with little personal resources.
It is time for me to review the over 1000 consumer product invention disclosures in my invention notebooks and to select those that seem most appropriate for today's market; apply internet resources to a set of five or six inventions (to increase the odds of success); and to again give birth to new possibilities.Disruptive Technologies
The term disruptive technologies has become watered down to where it is used by corporations in their ads and applied to any new product they are promoting. Truly disruptive inventions are those like the invention of television, the cell phone, the home computer, the internet, and others that fundamentally change the way we live our lives, or cause new classes of industries to appear while others become obsolete. Usually such inventions are the product of many inventors, engineers, businessmen, and others; although the enabling invention may have been the work of a lone inventor.
I have a number of such inventions, but it is unlikely that I will find an opportunity to bring any of them to market. Such inventions require enormous resources to overcome the legal, economic, and political resistance that will be encountered by the industries and workers that would be displaced by their appearance. I've been involved with such inventions and know first hand some of these unforeseen barriers to success. It is best to let such inventions warm my ego at night until the investor with time, significant financial resources, and the desire to put his mark on history is found.Physics
Practical expansions of the laws of physics have not occurred since World War II. It is unlikely that revolutionary new mechanisms are yet to be discovered in 70-year-old physics textbooks. This puts star travel, time machines, star gates, free energy, and many other exotic devices of science fiction out of reach for the foreseeable future.
I have given a lifetime of thought to expanding the laws of classical physics. Unlike the field of chemistry, the laws of physics have never been organized into a coherent system of laws. I have begun this task. The mapping of physics brings out omissions and hidden relationships. At the core of physics lie the dimensions of time and space. The mapping of the time and space dimensions reveals that there are at least 12 dimensions. (Read my Time and Space Paper) The added dimensions are non-linear, non-commutative, and entangled, making them difficult to express mathematically. Full expansion of the laws of physics into these additional dimensions will require hundreds of years of effort by dozens of gifted theoreticians. If the human race survives its self-destructive nature, and overcomes the arrogance of its scientists, multi-dimensional physics will eventually give us all god-like powers and the ability to roam the stars and meet our protectors and venerable predecessors on other worlds.
In addition to theoretical work, I have conducted several successful experiments at the edges of multi-dimensional physics. Each of these successful experiments could be used to devise whole families of disruptive technologies.