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.

This Blog was originally published September 25, 2013