Athletes as User Innovators

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Sports inventors are driven to develop sports technologies because of four primary motivations: to improve performance, prevent injuries, improve officiating, and make sports more inclusive and fun. Eric von Hippel’s concept of user innovation, in which lead users become frustrated with available tools and invent something better, is highlighted in the examples of Joe Breeze, Lisa Lindahl, Doug DeAngelis and Paul Hawkins. Ultimately, the article encourages people to channel their frustrations and become user innovators, introducing the idea that anyone can invent something new. Read full article here

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