I'm sure it's happened to you; you're sitting on a 'plane, waiting to take off or whatever, and you idly pick up the SkyMall magazine in the seat-back and glance through it. I did this recently, and I was struck by the amazing inventor's parade on display. All of these weird and wonderful gadgets were invented by someone, and after they had the idea they built a prototype, iterated, tried to get someone to make it, iterated, and finally found someone to distribute it. Whether the idea is great or horrible, each product in the SkyMall catalog represents a lot of work. Impressive, really.
Consider these things, if you will:
And that's just the first twenty pages. Who said innovation is dead?