In my previous post, about the C-more Interactive Glasses, a number of potential areas of use for this product were mentioned. The breakthrough for the inventor Erik Lundström, however, was that the American Department of Defence became interested.
The application of the glasses that caught their attention is a direct result of Lundström’s diverse background; earlier he studied pedagogy, and at one point he interviewed handicapped children for a communication project. He learned that there was a picture symbol language called Bliss that is used by people who find it difficult to use words. Based on that experience he initiated the development of software for communication with military symbols. The point is that this symbol language can be used via the C-more Interactive Glasses. That means that soldiers wearing the glasses can communicate silently without using their hands and even without knowledge of each other’s languages.
When Lundström developed this system he didn’t even know that language barriers cause enormous problems within NATO – he just thought is was a good idea. And – as I have mentioned – great innovations will find its uses. He was invited to the Pentagon and demonstrated a simulation of the system. Earlier it had been difficult to find venture capitalists but now they work hard to have a prototype ready later this spring.
Lundström’s product is an example of innovation catalyzed by obstacles and limits as well combinations of experiences from different fields. The ability to see these things and work his way towards solutions makes him an extraordinary intersectional inventor.