Sometimes you see to much on your phone what you don’t want the people around you to see. For text messages on iphone it’s possible to amend that but for most apps, you don’t control it. The notification scrambling app enables you to define whether you want to see the type of message, the sender and/or not the contents.
Virtualisation of phone numbers.
This idea started out as a Home phone redirect app.I don’t want to have a home phone anymore but sometimes there are some advantages you can’t ignore. I call for free with my home number but I don’t have a phone to call with it. What would be nice is a home phone number that i can control via a dedicated app. It could turn on when I enter my house, and send me subtle notifications when I’m out of home.
It would be the start for accumulating all your phone numbers. Your office phone, your fax, your skype, your google hangouts, your home phone etc would be centralised in the app and with strict rules you control what number one can access between certain times, locations etc.
App controlled coffee machine.
The Together Gardening Initiative.
The Together Gardening Initiative is an initiative where gardening tools and machines are bought and stored central so everyone can start gardening without owning the tools needed. Everyone who’s a member of the TGI initiative can rent out these tools for the time they need. Via the convenient app and website, you can check whether the tooling you need is available. That is done with sensors on each tooling. The price for renting out tooling and machines is simple; When it leaves the storage space area, the time starts. When you return the tooling to the storage space, your time stops and gets translated in a digital invoice. By offering the winnings of your gardening efforts to other TGI members, you receive discounts up to the point where you can use the tools and machines for free. This idea is especially thought of in the light of city gardens or social gardening areas but can also be used by people in rural areas who just don’t want to buy stuff that they only use once per year.
Translator mediator app.
Today, I had a pretty nice encounter with two Portuguese sales girls of the Phone House. They didn’t understand me at all. I just wanted a data sim card so I could post a one idea a day. But they wanted to sell me a mifi, a bundle and a sim card. The language barrier made me laugh more than once but I also spend almost halve a hour there.
The Translator Mediator app connects you instantly with professional translators so any question for information and sales answers are quickly understood. After you have called upon the translator mediator service, you receive a full transcript of the original conversation, together with an invoice based on the characters used.
Diagnostic Pills & app.
Sensor pills that you can swallow and where you can follow all diagnostics in a full report app on your smartphone. It doesn’t stay in the body and it goes in through the mouth and you just shit it out. Everything that has to do with the way it passes (digestion system for instance) should be possible to diagnose. (Inspiration HT for this idea: Scanadu)
LinkedIn swiping app for recruiters.
Recruitment is big business. I invented a search&find plugin while I was working for Across that gave you the possible results of a combined query and all of its reciprocally relations (instead of direct results). The visual browser was intuitive, lightning fast, and the query was easily adjustable. Wim Deboel connected it through LinkedIn’s API. I would improve it nowadays by creating a B2B swiping app to explore candidates for recruiters to make recruiting a bit more fun:
- Swipe left – keep for further referencing and next.
- Swipe right – to contact immediately and next. keep for further referencing but not the (job) skills I was looking for immediately.
- Swipe down – keep for further referencing but not the (job) skills I was looking for immediately.
- Swipe up – not to be included in next up queries.
You can find Mindtagger (that’s what it was called) by its (not so new and fresh but) current name Profeshion.
It’s a simple binoculars with so much more app functionality. This concept high end binoculars offers google glass functionality, such animal recognition, Wikipedia & Google earth integration and several razor functionality including infrared vision, heat vision, night vision,…
Modular floor furniture.
I was thinking about the Ireland rocks my dad and sister showed me after they had visited some whisky farms. I find it fascinating how erosion got to make this one giant rock shape so beautifully.
This idea is a dedicated furniture concept for Quinze and Milan where one of my palls is currently working. It’s a moving floor structure like the piles of this rock which forms the furniture you want. The material used should be firm, but soft (like QM Foam?) so it can the furnitures piles can form chairs, tables, sofa’s, a bar,… By rising from the floor, the elementary piles give support to each other.
With a dedicated app you can select what composition the room you want to have. A dining room? A living room? One living area can suddenly be turned in a different setup for multiple purposes. Also for events, a giant cube with top floor compositions is a guaranteed eyecatcher that everyone wants to visit.
I’d like to see this happen… So Bram, what are you waiting for? 😉
With nanosensortechnology, the possibilities are endless. I was pondering whether it could be used in a home or office context and I see an opportunity in creating programmable keys with this technology. If they communicate with doorlocks, you should never use it anymore. Doors would automatically open when you’re near them. In addition to it, you could also have an app for your smartphone in which a control panel displays where your keys are at any moment and what locks are closed and open. In an office context, it could be connected to a time tracking tool and agenda. Any room could be fitted with extra sensors so the keys can also take into account time spend for lunch, toilet visits, smoking breaks, meeting times, etc.
The business model is both in providing the products and creating services around it. The marketing story could be built around convenience and safety.
We don’t have a babyphone. In fact, we had one, but we never used it. And it seems like we’re the only ones. Also today, we had visitors with children that needed to take a nap in the afternoon. When sitting outside, you don’t hear them waking up so the parents are anxious as they will not hear their baby cry when it wakes up. (The bedroom is upstairs at the other side of the house).
A babyphone app would solve the inconvenience quick and easy – I install the app on one of the available smartphones around and I’ll place it in the bedroom of where the child is sleeping. The app works with and without video. The other smartphone with (receiving) app works through push & sound notifications so one get alerted when the child is awake. The parent on the other hand can check in whenever (s)he wants and check whether everything is ok at the other end.
I can imagine the stress levels would diminish gigantic ly as the parents involved that are less unease (with the situation having fun outside while their kid sleeps elsewhere). A great advantage is that distance isn’t a limited anymore. An internet connection suffice.
Spot-a-date.com: Spotify’s dating service.
All people I know love music. It’s a giant part of yourself. A form of self-expression, discovery and a topic to talk about. In every conversation with strangers, when you get interested in each other, you talk about music. Or you go dancing. 🙂
Music brings people together. Every good film has a great music score. Whether you’re going to a festival, or when you enjoy an intimate jazz concert or when you’re listening to Spotify…
Spotadate is a addon/plugin/app for Spotify where that uses the streams of people. It analyses the music taste and sentiments from people. It uses it to present people you don’t know yet that could compliment or amplify yourself. It serves you people that can be friends or potential dates.
You can plug into other people’s streams to get familiar with their musical tastes and genres. And you can swap any stream to another one.
You see anonymously what people are listening too. You could tinder your way around people’s profiles, follow people’s stream. When you like someone’s taste of music, you can use the ‘identity myself with …’ button. When this person uses the same app, (s)he gets a notification to listen to your stream. When there is a match a chat functionality launches.
You can choose to use the app anonymously or with your real name. Find Spotify love with Spotadate!
PerfectSwing: A golf program, phone tripod and app. #oipd
The learn-to-golf tripod is just a lame excuse to sell another piece of hardware that probably ends up in a closet but it’s a very necessary tool to record your swing. It analyses what is there to improve and via gamification techniques you get extra fun tasks, enriching the golf experience. By using the app, you immediately connect and join to the fastest growing community of golf enthusiasts.
Digital dinner mates. #oipd
With the rise of so many people eating in front for their screens, it’s a simple, yet nice idea to connect these people. Eating together is more than just sharing food, it’s the social conversations that make it a fine, enjoyable event.
So whether you are in front of your desktop, laptop, tablet, cell phone or TV, whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, just don’t eat alone. Chatroulette someone who’s just like you eating solely. Or join one of our table chatrooms. Talk to strangers, make new friends.
The Cuemore.com app – avoid being clueless about what you do. #oipd
I dunno about you but sometimes i need to close down all feeds that can disturb me in order to concentrate. It happens that i get so many input triggers by all apps and programs I use that I become clueless of what I was going to do next…
The Cuemore.com app wants to avoid you being clueless. It’s a queueing timer for all push notifications apps and programs send you. Whether it is on your smartphone, tablet or computer device, you can set bundle push notifications to a fixed time or later moment per app or program. It can be turned on instantly (when it happens – compared to sending a text message when you get a telephone call when you’re in a meeting) or programmed, say I want to receive e-mails only at 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17h. Or I want my game updates daily at 20h and before 2am the cuemore app shouldn’t cue anything here. Etcetera.
Whenever you decide now is a convenient time and you want to view your waiting line of push notifications, you can access the app and catch up. Organising push messages in biteable and scheduled bits should be part of your daily routine and makes your life more convenient and yourself more focused. Seeing it only when you want to see it gets you your attention back.
Could also be nice for If this then that to implement this kind of timer/scheduling options to its recipes.
FriendsHouseSwap App. #oipd
How well do you know someone? How well do you know your friends? Do you even want to know them even more? Install this app, find a common period and swap houses for a while. It should be a creativity booster and eye-opener as location and surroundings pretty much define your mood. Included is at least one meeting with non-mutual friends.
I don’t know whether a checklist at the end of the period with tips and tricks to improve quality of life and a quiz to see if you got to know your friends even more is needed. It’s all in the experience, i presume.
Event based digital wallets. #oipd
The idea is to have some kind of replacement for beer cards, drink coupons, etc. at events. A temporary digital wallet for any event persona in which they can buy coupons for the event itself.
At exchange points, these persona’s get offered new tastes, sometimes based on their preferences, mostly based on their profile and sponsor arrangements the event has.
Event based digital wallets gives the organisers a better understanding of their public. Seeing who lets money roll, what their personal interest is, while providing real time statistics that could even influence a dj’s setlist provides sales optimisation opportunities in live situations unseen before. They organisers could even anticipate and experiment with situations where sales promo’s of sponsors are being in order to up- and cross-sell. Why else would Unilever ever sponsor an event? 🙂
Event Countdown Checklist Apps. #oipd
The Event Countdown Apps publishes a series of event countdown apps with useful event checklist apps for events. Ranging from wedding planning to what to take with you for your travels, or the daily routine habits, it gives you all the information you need spread towards, and based on, the calculated event date. This combined with shared wiki-ish to do lists, and all integrated with one another, make this series unbeatable in the household league.
Parking made social: Rent out your own(ed) parking spot. #oipd
Whenever you walk through a city or even in small towns, you see these sign on driveways, garage doors and sometimes even on windows: DO NOT PARK HERE! Often they are accompanied by a car license plate that makes it clear there is one exception…
Most of the time, this potential parking spot is unused and takes up a lot of the potentially available parking space. I want to make this space available again with a simple piece of hardware. Everyone can order this piece of connected hardware and secure it on their wall or garage door. This ‘take my parking’ display type of thing displays a code people can interact with through an designated app (or sms). They can retrieve information until when the parking spot is available. where the nearest available parking spot is, etc.
This way people give away or sell parking time to other people.
In the marketing of the product and service I would go the social route (that medical practicians, social service workers (police, fire brigade, etc) can use available parking spots for free) and the money-making potential a unused parking spot.
Pandemic Music Runner. Runkeeper meets Pandora. #oipd
Every couple of years I start running but once I’m up to speed, I need to stop because of painful knees and joints. What I like most was running with music in my ears. I also noticed that some of music made me run faster.
Pandemic Music Runner is a plug-in, add-on for any sports GPS tracker (Nike+, Runkeeper, …) that analysis your performance in relation to the music you’re listening to (such as Pandora, Shazam, …).
I believe that music in training improves more rapidly sport performances. Based on one’s personal music taste and past training analysis, new adapted training programs rolls out of the app. By offering it to the masses – the giant amount of data that gets collected can be analyzed and gives the opportunity to grow it into a professional sport consultancy service.
Easy Driver Comfort Service Key (app). #oipd
It could be an app but it could also be a button on your car keys that is in direct contact with your car. When you use the easy rider comfort service key (app), your car will self-diagnose and start cooling down (when it’s hot) or defrost windows (when it’s freezing cold). It will adjust the perceived temperature of your steering wheel and seats to what you, as a driver, finds pleasant.
The easy rider comfort service makes sure that also the start of your drive is just the way you like it.
GPS bracelets, app and games. #oipd
GPS bracelets help you find back your (small) children when on holiday or going somewhere crowded. You give a child a GPS bracelet and an app on your smartphone tells you where they are. It can also be used to track people who sleepwalk on dementing people that escape from a retirement home. Or in schools, when young kids go on an outing, the guiding teachers are more counting than enjoying the outing.
Basically GPS Bracelets make sure your loved ones never get lost anymore.
In schools for instance; You can program the app that if someone is out-of-range of, let’s say, 25m an alarm goes off. Or if two people have the app (first and last in the cue) it says when someone is more than 5m out of the cue.
The GPS bracelets can also be used in custom GPS games for adult.
The hardware part can be ordered in bulk, programmed and personalized via NFC and the smartphone app. Extra entertainment and games is payable. There will also be a Google Glass and iWatch app with the same functionality as the GPS bracelet.
Thanks Sam Hermans for inspiring me on this idea.
One idea per day. Ten in a row. #oipd
After my streak of 39 ideas on eenideeperdag.be, this is small bread but nevertheless a good start. Perhaps I should get a badge or something…
Feel free to take any idea and build a business out of it. Let me know if you’re taking up something or has found people who are already doing something similar in the comments.
- Is it fruitorvegetable.com?
- Branded boxes for e-commerce
- Airbnb for freelancers and business people locations
- Glow in the dark pain for objects in traffic
- Foodprov.com, hard-to-find ingredients for chefs
- The call you later app
- The who sits next to me discovery app
- StartupTravelers community
- Mibike.com, a stolen bike service app and community
- 3D printing templates community
I hope you enjoyed the ideas!
The who-sits-next-to-me app sparkles conversations. #oipd
I take the train daily. It’s a wild guess but i think people in stations are spending between 30 and 80% of the waiting time in using their smartphone; they call, check facebook, instagram, they tweet and mail… This morning I sat next to a woman who did what I just described. She made me curious about her online profiles but I didn’t want to ask her because that would mean that I secretly was spying on her behavior.
The who-sits-next-to-me app is an app that, when you have it, scans the surrounding for people like you. It tells you that someone is in range or by push or pull. When that’s the case, you can first check the profile of this person and get a password catchphrase to start a conversation. The password catchphrase is basically a push/poke. That can be send online or you can use it directly in a real life conversation. It should work a bit like oldskool bluetooth.
That’s mainly the goal of the app. If you know who sits next to you, you can talk about something interesting (or about nonsense). Handy, right?
The app that tells you to call someone when it has been a while. It’s a app that analyzes your call history, contact list and other communication and gives you daily suggestions to call someone. You can directly phone or postpone mailbox wise.
I personally am really bad at calling people. This app combined with clever services such as archiving contact, organising my social life better, etc. could be a help for a lot of busy people I know.