Monthly Archives: February 2016

Couple of things on innovation

Many researchers have already analysed and discussed why creatinve and hi-tech districts exist and prosper. This is actually such a trivial topic that even mainstream newspaper host column about innovation and technology. Due to the cases of life, I am working now at the margin of one of these districts.

From the perspective of the creative people, the engine of this district:

  1. Easy access to service, finance, hi-tech products, large market
  2. Comfortable life
  3. Continuous exchange of information with peers
  4. A dynamic university, where the right talent is next door.

From the perspective of the organizer of the district

  1. Easy migration for qualified personnel
  2. Creation of advanced logistic and services
  3. Serious amount of investment
  4. Continuous and structured organization of events about innovation and entrepreneurship
  5. Highly paid and respected teachers (from primary school to University)

Nothing new, I am just putting order in my thoughts. This is not a difficult recipe, but it is impossible where corruption and a family-based industry block innovation. People do not fight anymore to change the system, simply take a short flight to a better district where they can develop their ideas.

Biosensors

There is much more to sense there than we can even think of. Although we have super-dupertechnology for chemical analysis, practitioner and the market are literally hungry of biosensors. They should be portable, easy to use, universal, sensitive, and selective, and cheap, really cheap. This is impossible, of course. So we proceed for small approximations, covering a small use case after the other. However, very few of these products reach the market. Why? What are the three most important things to do (IMHO) to design a good sensor that might reach the market in reasonable time?

  1. Collaborate from the beginning with the practitioner. They know their business and they know exactly what they want, so they can help us getting rid of old/uproductive idea and focus on really applicable concepts.
  2. It is OK to work on a focused use case and understanding from the very beginning the limitation of our design. The concept on which our biosensor is based can be really novel, but the application should be boringly effective in a specific scenario.
  3. Be selective. No one needs a baely working biosensor. Focus only on those applications that show immediately good promises.