Synopsis: HP is quietly becoming one of my favorite technology companies. The Sprout is a PC has a second touchscreen that lays flat on desk, and a camera that can scan 3D images. The image can then be exported to CAD programs and 3D printers. They even crop out the backgrounds for the item in focus.
There’s another neat trick. The camera has a projector so it can “see” and project simultaneously. This means someone can project an image and interact with it using, say, their hands. If you’re not amazed, you may be suffering from depression.
Synopsis: This isn’t a new idea. I think I’m actually going to make these posts a little different by also showcasing pre-existing ideas that may not be getting a ton of love.
I’m all about the idea of modular devices. Modular computers. Modular cellphones. Whatever. I feel the ability to customize in a simple way is part of our future. Your average person can assemble a device while experts fix components. There’s no need to have a new singular device. Just upgrade parts as needed. Sounds awesome, right?
Just take some time to check out the modular movement and see how it can revolutionize products as we know it. Instead of my normal “party people” link, I’m embedding this video in the post so people are more likely to check out a video on this idea.
Synopsis: I don’t know how well this could actually do alright if people get into it. I’m envisioning a system where people are given a series of choices. This or that. And they could be anything! Need help writing a speech? Have people vote on one opening statement versus another. Deciding between two logos? Have people vote on which they like best. A tiny payout can be made to voters to encourage activity. Also, everything is anonymous in terms of voters and who is asking for the votes. This way everything stays fair and biases take a back seat.
This seems like a simple enough of an idea to execute and it plays on people who like to give opinions. Anyone posting the choice to voters can have a budget for how many people they want to reach and that money goes to voters for each vote. Maybe this could be a cool way to get feed back and create additional income for people.
Synopsis: I swear, I’ve never understood why we tell people they have to do only one thing in life. Why are some people janitors while others are IT support? Sure there are tons of factors, but let’s crack this nut and see how we can spread the wealth more evenly.
There are certain jobs that we as a society NEED.
We need farmers.
We need garbage men.
We need doctors.
Some of these jobs require specialized education. But what about vital jobs that require little training? Why aren’t we sharing the load to get this work done? Imagine if we had a rotation where one day a month you had to be a garbage man. But you knew taxes would be less of an issue and streets were kept immaculate. Why? Because we’re utilizing a community rather than employees.
Before you cry socialism, just think about this for a sec: this could apply to many jobs. People rotate and spread the load. This way, more people have opportunities to explore other careers. Combine that with free higher education and we have an interesting little society, no?
Other Thoughts: I actually have a lot of thoughts on how this system could work. The thing is, we’d have to revamp the way we look at employment and money. If we try to fit this into the system of capitalism we have now, you can poke holes in this idea all day. Maybe if we had the collective balls to rock the boat a little (me included), we could take a chance at an alternate path.
Idea: Donating Electricity/Crowd Sourced Solar Panels
Synopsis: If you follow my blog at all, you know I’m infatuated with the potential of 3D printing, especially on the consumer level.
Free the warez! Amirite?
Anyway, I was reading a pretty interesting article about 3D printed solar panels (check it out here). From what I read, the process is relatively cheap. I have zero details fleshed out yet, but I have to imagine this technology can be used to donate “electricity” to communities that have access to none. After that, donate to people in poor communities. Start with the bottom up until we all utilize solar energy.
I also feel the design should be free to all people so anyone can print solar panels. Having the design and the required materials means anyone with a 3D printer can contribute to the cause. I’m not sure how people would be repaid for their efforts, but I think if someone figured out a process, this could change the world.
Synopsis: Remember Kinko’s? Most of them are called FedEx Office now, but Kinko’s used to be huge in offering various office services. It was best known for copying and printing, a brilliant idea when personal printers were not as cost-effective on the consumer level as they are now.
Why can’t the same be done for 3D printing?
Other Thoughts: 3D printing could take a long time so a reservation method should be used as opposed to taking walk-ins. Also, the online site should offer a library of 3D images for commonly printed items. This way, any potential users can have information on the best materials to use and time needed for reservation. The library could even have user-created content so it encourages community participation. Creators could get a small royalty on each instance of a printed design. Share the wealth, right?
Idea: TED-style presentations for and by the people.
Synopsis: I love TED.
No, not the movie.
There we go.
I had an idea not to long ago about starting a group through meetups.com. The purpose of this group would be for people to share ideas or projects on which they’re working. I believe one doesn’t have to be an industry expert to share ideas. You don’t need to be accomplished. You don’t need tons of accolades and awards. You just need a unique perspective. That said, I’d love to start a riff on TED Talks, but on a smaller scale. I’d make some minor differences.
The end of the talk is open to questions from the audience. I like this idea because interaction can lead to new ideas.
Live cast with Google Hangouts. I think this is a way to continue encouraging interaction as questions can be taken from there live as well.
Speaker curation is performed by staff as well as public voting. Maybe submissions are done via YouTube, maybe not. But the interaction theme continues here with this one.
Other Thoughts: This isn’t much of a money making idea, so keeping this going may have to depend on donations in some way. Still, this is one of the first ideas I’m posting on here that I plan on pursuing myself. If someone else is already doing it or eventually does it, more power to you! I think it’s a noble pursuit.