I came across these attractive and thoughtfully designed Vector Scissors in a post by Innovation Excellence contributor Matthew E May that promise, in addition to the normal day to day jobs that scissors execute, to also be able to cut perfectly straight lines.
Interesting invention, sure. Clever design, sure. But are they an innovation?
Now you can’t actually buy them yet, so I don’t know how much they cost, but a quick check on Amazon found the following two comparables from well-known brands:
How much more would you be willing to pay for a pair of scissors with this feature?
Would you be willing to change how you hold the scissors and your cutting motion to get the promised perfectly straight line?
How many situations require a perfectly straight line?
Do not other straight edge cutting solutions that already exist solve the problem better and do it faster?
Innovation or not?
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Braden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, embeds innovation across the organization with innovation training, and builds B2B pull marketing strategies that drive increased revenue, visibility and inbound sales leads. He is currently advising an early-stage fashion startup making jewelry for your hair and is the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. He tweets from @innovate.