As a follow-up to my last post, I wanted to reinforce the importance of going beyond the initial "idea" to actually confirming that you have a potential "invention" . The difference being that an invention is a practical application that has demonstrated the possibility of fulfilling its consumer promise.
In other words, getting out of hypothetical mode, building a prototype (no matter how crude), and then having target consumers use it. Only then can you begin to have confidence that you have an invention.
Sure, many issues remain about scalability, cost, patents, and other commercialization aspects. But, you're kidding yourself until you "run the d@#% experiment".
It's amazing how often we see submissions where no initial prototype and experiment have been assembled. And, yet, the individual is sure this is going to be "huge". Bad idea. A good way to waste time and money.
If only the Inventor's creativity was channeled with equal verve against devloping an efficient prototype and getting target consumers to use it, then we could get straight into the business of commercialization. But, until that's in place, it doesn't make sense for the Inventor (or us) to pour significant time or money into commercialization.
The moral of the story: run the d@$% experiment!