3 Russian Tool watches and the Theory of Inventive problem Solving

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

A gentleman has to be prepared for any situation, so let's imagine time travel is real and you have to go to the past, to the 80's! Which watches should you take? Don't you worry, here on Amazing Time Machines we know our way around time traveling! We have a packaging-to-the-past suggestion! Packaging for the 80's is not an easy thing, you could take a 1973 Motorola DynaTAC, but then you'll have no one to talk to, so for this matter we recommend a pen and paper. Well the problem is that pen and paper won't substitute a cell phone, how will you wake up in the morning if you have no birds singing on Sleep As android App, or how would you know the time on another city, or how will you know the day of the week for the historical events, like the fall of the Berlin wall? How did ancient people from the 80's did this things?! The solution it's right here:

Russian Watches
Russian watches

For waking up just wear the Pojot on the right, it has a second crown that sets a vibrating alarm, if you're traveling for another city take the great Raketa Cities that also has a second crown this one set's the time according to any GMT, finally to know if the wall falls on a friday or on a thursday you should wear the amazing Raketa Perpetual Calendar, the rotating the second crown just align the month with the year, this way you'll know that the wall will fall on a thursday! So The Poljot Alarm will wake you up in the morning, the Raketa Cities will tell you the correct time in Berlin so you can set the Raketa Perpetual to find out that, on November, 9, you have to be in Berlin! 

While we wait for Time Traveling, let's take a look on some history about different kind of problem solving solutions:

NASA Spent Millions to Develop a Pen that Would Write in Space, whereas the Soviet Cosmonauts Used a Pencil. Well we all know this story, and we all know that it isn't true - Ladys and Gentlemans - here's the great fake story that was populated on blogs and foruns for the last decade: "during the height of the space race in the 1960s, legend has it, NASA scientists realized that pens could not function in space. They needed to figure out another way for the astronauts to write things down. So they spent years and millions of taxpayer dollars to develop a pen that could put ink to paper without gravity. But their crafty Soviet counterparts, so the story goes, simply handed their cosmonauts pencils." Check here the true story. This great fake story enfasis the utilitarian approach that Russians use to solve problems.

It was mabe this approach to live problems that lead Genrich Altshuller to came with the TRIZ ( Russian: теория решения изобретательских задач, teoriya resheniya izobretatelskikh zadatch, literally: "theory of the resolution of invention-related tasks") Genrich Altshuller (1926-1998) and his colleagues, Genrich it was an inventor and science-fiction author beginning in 1946. It started when he works on "Inventions Inspection" department of the Caspian Sea flotilla of the Soviet Navy. During this time he realised that a problem requires an inventive solution if there is an unresolved contradiction in the sense that improving one parameter impacts negatively on another. He later called these "technical contradictions". The first paper on TRIZ entitled "On the psychology of inventive creation" was published in 1956 in "Issues in Psychology" (Voprosi Psichologii) journal.

What does all this has to do with horology? Difficult problems require an inventive solution, and TRIZ provides a range of strategies and tools for finding these inventive solutions. For instance knowing the date it's a problem that a perpetual calendar solves, but this is not a solution that fits all watches all budgets, well, Raketa invented a different way of knowing the accurate date in a 20 years span.

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