I want to talk about what I call cross-pollination of existing technology. You take two or more applications that on their own are great and useful and then, to create a whole new more powerful widget, you bring them together to meet a new or previously unmet need.
Take halo, the first germ-killing vacuum. This is a high-end vacuum that kills germs not with potentially harmful chemicals, which most of us would rather not have in our homes and offices, but with UV-C technology. (UV-C is a germ-killing light on the UV spectrum.) And when they say germ-killing they mean it, from dust mites to viruses to bacteria to mold. I don’t think any of us wants to be breathing any of that in (though we all are, all the time).
The makers are quick to add there is no potential for damage to the skin or eyes, and, in a broad sense, the halo vacuum can be considered a green product, which is something in very high demand these days.
I'm not out to give a giant plug for this product (I have no connection whatsoever to the product or its manufacturers) but a plug for matching real needs with existing technologies. No re-inventing of the wheel (maybe just of the vacuum!) necessary here. It’s about thinking beyond, beyond what you see already to what you know might and very well could be.