User innovation is the idea that lead users of a product or service often innovate faster than the producer. The term suggests that firms should let users drive innovation as opposed to attempting to push innovation out from a lab. The following are illustrative examples.
HardwareAn internet company takes computing hardware such as load balancers and commodity computers to create the first cloud infrastructure.
SportsThe first snowboard was created in 1965 by fastening two skis together. Many ski equipment manufacturers didn't produced snowboarding goods until the mid-1990s when they began to lose significant market share to snowboards.
MediaThe music industry was late to embrace digital music as many users converted their collections to MP3 in the 1990s before music was commonly sold in a digital format.
ModsA mod of a video game may be so popular that it ends up driving the design of the game.
Consumer ElectronicsDivers found ways to waterproof cameras before waterproof cameras were widely available.
AutomotiveAuto customization is a common hobby and small business that drives styling and technology trends that are carefully watched by auto manufacturers.
FashionDiy street fashion is of significant interest to market research firms in the fashion industry.
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