What can you combine your product with?

Most new products are actually combinations of existing products. Like a clock and a radio. Learned this as I studied the patent process.

This is something I wrote in my journal years ago:

“Q. What do you get when you combine a coat and a balloon?

A. Gore-Tex’s new blow up coat. On cool days, wear the coat as-is. On cold days, manually inflate the torso-wrapping air bladder. Your breath will instantly warm you. Layering allows you to shed clothing as the day warms. The irritation is you must eventually carry excess clothing. Soon, all you’ll have to do is let air out as the sun rises. No daypack is necessary.

On holidays, we play some sort of card/board game. Playing monopoly won’t make me rich in the real world. A winning rummy hand doesn’t pay the bills. Scrabble improves my spelling skills. Too bad there isn’t a professional spelling league. I cannot think of a non-gambling game that can make you rich. My card game will be the first.

Each card displays an article of manufacture. This article of manufacture could be a complete product like a bicycle, a lamp, a thermos, a vacuum sealer, etc. Or, it may be a part of a product, such as a motion switch, a clapper on/off switch, an adjustable bracket, etc.

Draw two cards and use your creativity to combine the articles of manufacture into a new product. If you’re lucky, you’ll draw good cards. Like a patio table and a ceiling fan. Or a wheelbarrow and a hand brake. Or wheels and a suitcase. Or a zipper and a plastic bag. Your CD holders become a work of art when you snap them on an adjustable picture frame. A fishing lure that blinks like Christmas lights drives fish crazy. A tape recorder in a cake stand sings, “Happy birthday to you.” Will a hand fan on an ice cube tray keep you cool? Or, is it a gag gift?”

I have a new combination, a dove decoy and a bird feeder.

This is how it works:

See head, shoot head. This strategy works well with upland birds flushing within thirty yards, if the hunter is shooting with both eyes open. One eye shooters are too slow.

My success rate on quail/pheasant soared from 40% to 87% after learning to use my binocular vision. I accomplished this without taking any practice shots.

I put a dove decoy in the backyard. A few times a day, I would focus on the decoy’s head with both eyes open and without taking my eyes off the decoy’s head, mounted the shotgun and dry fired. I mounted my unloaded gun in the house so as not to alarm the neighbors. It was difficult. After daily practice for a month, I knew I would never close an eye again.

To practice moving the shotgun, the dove decoy was paired with a bird feeder (photo enclosed). When a bird flies to or leaves the feeder, focus on its head with both eyes open, mount your shotgun without taking your eyes off the bird’s head, swing, dry fire and follow thru. Never look at the gun. Your peripheral vision and muscle memory will manage gun placement. If you can do this with a sparrow, you can do it with an upland bird.

Would people purchase a dove decoy / bird feeder combination?

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