See that odd looking hammer to the left? It's called the MaxiStrike from Redback Tools.
No, it hasn't been run over by a Panzer, nor was there grease on the lens during the photography session.
Believe it or not, that odd little bend enables this 20 ounce mallet with the following features:
> maximize strike force
> reduce missed hits
> leave clearance for nailing in cramped areas
All from that one little left hand turn from linear thought in product design.
You remember that series of posts I did on Disruptive Innovation?
This is a perfect illustration of how innovation can be "evolutionary" as opposed to revolutionary.
Incrementalism can be just as impacting as one of those tipping point "big-bang" events that have desensitized us to some of the really cool things that pop up and can actually make a difference.
So I know this hammer isn't going to cure cancer, but it makes for easier, more efficient and more accurate nailing. Sometimes that's worth a hell of a lot to someone who does a lot of hammering...
Things like this happen around us all the time -- even in our little security puddle of an industry.
It's often quite fun when you spot them.
I bet if you tried, you can come up with some examples in security.