Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Invention of the Day: Air Conditioning.

Invention of air conditioning can be claimed by several people. But one person in particular, inventor and entrepreneur, Willis H. Carrier turned the technology into a highly successful business.
 ( this 6 min video clip is from a NOVA documentary)

You can trace the evolution of his thoughts and business models through his patents: from A Method for Heating and Humidifying Air (US Patent 854270 filed in 1906), to air conditioning of movie theaters in 1934 (see below).

From a theory perspective, note how the system "flips", from grafting the new technology onto old solutions, to accommodating and making it incredibly successful through building it right into the infrastructure.

tags: niche construction, invention, evolution, innovation, business, youtube, history, technology, problem, s-curve

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