One of the most difficult steps in the problem solving process is often determining the actual problem. As a start to define your problem from a TRIZ perspective, answer the following questions:

  1. What would your system look like or perform in its ideal state?
    • Data appears without being entered.
    • A lever moves without force.

  2. What are the contradictions in your system, which prevent attainment of ideality?
    • Complexity of design vs. simplicity of operation.
    • Weight reduction without loss of strength.

  3. What resources in your system are underutilized?
    • Information being generated.
    • Sources of energy from fields.

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