Inventing New Products/Inventions/Open sourcing inventions
What do you think of the idea and the success of open source inventions?
One way to make an invention useful is to present ideas to the public through discussion forums, Wikibooks, webites, etc ( are there any other ways?) These may build on the inventions of others:
For example, suppose I come up with the idea of a ladder that folds into half its length.
1. I build a prototype
2. I discuss the design on engineering forums
3. I set up a website describing it
4. I publish free plans to build it
5. I popularize the above plans
Are there any problems associated with the above steps? I am mainly concerned about encountering opposition due to intellectual property violations or any other hostile actions.
From what I have seen on the internet it seems like a good way to go. Most of my own projects in fact are open source. You will need to actively develop your project to get momentum by blogging and building a community. If you use other open source projects in your own project you'll want to check the licences for these to make sure they're compatible with what you are doing.