We have all heard that if you build a better mouse trap the world will beat a path to your door.  The lesson  to be learned here is that if you can take something simple and make it better, you could have a wonderful innovation.

Take a simple idea such as a garbage can.  It is even simpler than a mousetrap.  It is just a receptacle where we put unwanted items.  Eventually, someone comes along and empties it.  Could you make an innovation with a product that simple?  Someone aleady has.

The video below explains how one company took the simple outdoor garbage can and created an innovation.  With the additions of a solar powered trash compactor and some wireless technology, they have created something truly innovative.  If they can do this with what was at one point a simple container, what can you do?  Look around.  Some simple item nearby  may be ripe for an innovation.