The Sebir That Bred The Intermittent Windscreen Wiper

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Improve the efficiency of car windscreen wipers


Once activated, wipers operated incessantly irrespective of whether it's raining or not


The efficiency of car windscreen wipers was transformed through sensitizing their operation to the incidence of rain Manual 'on-off' activation was no longer necessary as the windscreen wipers operated only when needed

Breeding Comment

Drawing a broader parallel from a specific observation or experience and then visualizing a narrower application in a quite different setting is the secret behind idea breeding. Bob Kearns associated more broadly from the capability of the human eye to self-clean by blinking when needed and, in so doing, was able to breed a wiper that automatically cleaned the windscreen only when it rained

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Historic Impact

Paying attention to the possible conversion of human attributes to physical products and services can be the trigger for an innovative solution. Bob Kearn's insight and subsequent endeavors led to the invention of the intermittent windscreen wiper

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