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UmaSukhija

Radical Design

13th Feb 2009

1.1 Current knowledge about radical designs

Current conception about radical designs

              Radical design in my opinion seems like a euphemism for many areas of innovative and creative thinking be it product innovation, social & economic thinking, technological innovation, business innovation and pretty much every field that we come across. Many business enterprises are more keen on innovative methods in its technological and management spheres which resulted in sprouting courses in some of the best institutes in the world. Systems Design & Management at Sloan and Engineering department of MIT, Predictive design and Engg at Northwestern and industrial and enterprise systems engineering at university of illinois at urbana-champaign are couple of pioneering graduate programs in US academia. So when the demand for creative thinking is in force, so is the stragetgy to develop current students to think for lack of better word, thinking out of the box. Creating new models requires challenging the status quo and rethinking activities that create value

              Its also worthwhile to note that innovation also faces resistance in acceptance and therefore it results in an increased uncertainity about its market success. Steve Jobs in one of his addressess has said that the market doesn't always know what it wants. Companies that do radical innovation do not listen to users; they eventually value market feedback, but first they propose things to the users. The upside is however developing newer advancements that isnt preconceived or used which could potential give a lead in the field of that product/radical innovation.

              Radical designs and creations along with the creators are in conclusion the building entrepreneurs of present and future generations whilst developing an infrastructure that can accelerate delivery for both commercial and social services effectively and efficiently.

Interesting web-source:

http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/5850.html

1.2 Field of Interest: Developing a kit for examination of drinking water using nanotech with features such as easy transport, reusability, cost effective and usage efficiency.

              An article in Fortune Magazine May 2000 edition stated that, "Water promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th century: the precious commodity that determines the wealth of nations." For more details refer to the artice on this webpage, http://seekingalpha.com/article/48780-water-the-21st-century-s-oil . Safe drinking water is one of the most basic human requirements. There fore its safe to say that safe drinking water is one of the precious resources that we have or can have on land. One of my undergraduate research work in 1999 concentrated on developing a kit for bacteriological examination of drinking water and it gained wide spread success in usage in rural tamil nadu, India. Since it was government sponsored program, the kit was virtually free and my rough feedback estimated the growing importance of such kits for both urban and rural area around the world with the features that I have elaborated in the title. Since 1999, there has been great products in the market for examination and testing of fresh water resources. Also at the same time, its interesting to note that water-conflicts are also on the rise around the world in a short period of time which emphasis the need to obtain safe drinking water to every individual in the world or atleast giving them an option to check if they are exposed to safe conditions.


             Market products for such kits costs somewhere in the range of $15 to $150 which is still expensive to many people within US and in many developing nations. Besides the cost, the kits are complicated and bulky. Some examps of these kits are; H2O Kits, WaterSafe Drinking water kits, Palintest, Watercheck and many others. 


            Nanotech's answer to developing a kit for testing water quality : Nanostructures can be constructed as biosensors to test the water quality. There has been couple of research work done of photonic nanoparticals that can test water quality, carbon nano tubes for test water quality on naval ships. Nano emulsifiers can potentially carry feed media to test for backteriological presence in drinking water aswell in testing other ionic contents in the same.

            The product I envision is the size of a household thermoment with refillable tubes and longer usability.

Websource:

http://www.nano.gov/html/research/research_news.html http://www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=14733 http://www.foodtech-international.com/papers/application-nano.htm http://spie.org/x27496.xml?ArticleID=x27496

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