ASSESS NOVELTY OF AN INVENTION USING THE CENTRAL-EXTREME NOVELTY MATRIX: A CASE STUDY OF JUVO LAB'S FIBRE-OPTIC SENSOR MAT

DS 89: Proceedings of The Fifth International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC 2018), University of Bath, Bath, UK

Year: 2018
Editor: Elies Dekoninck, Andrew Wodehouse, Chris Snider, Georgi Georgiev, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Yuejun He, Jianxi Luo
Series: ICDC
Section: POSTER 1: SHORT PRESENTATIONS
Page(s): 134-141
ISBN: 978-1-904670-97-1
ISSN: 2220-4342

Abstract

Creativity studies have uncovered how novel combinations of prior technologies can influence the future value of resulting inventions. But such theoretical understandings have been seldom applied to analysing inventions and guiding real-world innovation practices. To fill this gap, we analysed a novel sleep-monitoring system that is commercialized by a start-up company in Singapore. Our case study demonstrates the novelty assessment method using the central-extreme novelty matrix, and reveals the challenges and opportunities that originate from the novel combinations of the underlying technologies but only appear at the later stages of product development and manufacturing in the innovation process. The findings provide implications for innovators to manage design novelty of the original invention, from the holistic perspective of the innovation process.

Keywords: novelty assessment, technology combination, invention, product development and manufacturing, design practice, innovation

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