How Innovation Enables Democratization of Products: The Case of The Pregnancy Test

The pregnancy test is a good example of how innovation democratizes problem solving. Being able to tell if a woman is pregnant has always been a quest for mankind (and womankind!) and man has developed many techniques to address this.

Ancient Egyptians had a technique in which they watered bags of wheat and barley with the urine of a possibly pregnant woman. Germination indicated pregnancy.