December 25, 2013 at 8:53pm
Things I would change to sell dishwashers to Asians and have them actually use them for more than a drying rack:
- Chopstick holder
- Space the prongs for bowls, not plates.
- A filter basket that can actually catch rice grains and filter them down to the disposal unit, instead of sticking to bowls.
- A fan that blows air over the flatware so that it doesn’t get water stains. This seems to really bother people for some reason.
Next time: Grandma, stop storing dishes in the oven. (A steamer mode??!)
December 21, 2013 at 11:55am
Wife asks if I could make a program that continuously adds an item to a shopping cart, locking it so that no one else can buy it. I could, but I’m not. But a fun idea for a mildly subversive service (like ebay snipers).
December 13, 2013 at 11:52am
Airbnb for storage space
See title. Company could provide standardized closets—much like moving pods—that people could place in their homes. Other people could now rent these “storage lockers” from their neighbors. Closets might be collapsable, might be insured, might have internet sensors for humidity and temp. Would definitely have locks. May subcontract to existing pod moving companies to move the pods around, or leave it to the end user to transport.
Competitive advantage: price is cheaper, storage is closer. Neighbors’ house instead of across the city.
Mark this ”silly, unfinished.” TVs orient a room, even when they are turned off. I want a sort of TV that will orient a room inwards, encouraging people to face and talk to each other. A campfire.
Nice to see an article that mentions mites as well as pesticides. I’m still on the fence on this one.
December 2, 2013 at 10:07pm
Immersive Language MMO Guilds
I wasted a lot of time playing MMOs (virtual world games). I tell people, “I could have learned another language!”
Which is true. But even better—why couldn’t I have learned another language while playing games? World of Warcraft servers are fully localized into 12 different languages with large native populations, complicated cooperative play, voice chat, and thousands of interactive quest lines. It’s silly, but probably the most immersive you can get without actually travelling to another country. And it’s fun.
What it needs is a support structure. Learning guilds with bilingual instructors and chat channels for help. Online lessons and scheduled chats using the guild voicechat servers.
I have a lot of dumb ideas, but I think this is actually a good one. I learn by needing to learn—cooperative games provide a need: No aggro al dragón!
November 29, 2013 at 6:29pm
I am part of the problem!
Double sided mattress.
Rotate your mattress twice a year. One side is hot for the winter and the other side is cool for the summer.
EDIT: I know more about mattresses now. Not flip the whole mattress, but have two sided comfort layer at the top that zips out and flips.
November 28, 2013 at 1:13am
Mann lake is having a Black Friday sale. 10% off bee supplies. That’s pretty good; bee stuff doesn’t usually go on sale.
November 26, 2013 at 11:21am
Okay, completely out of my depth here. But I was reading about the "toilet of the future" contest and here’s an idea that probably stinks. If you take recycled plastic scraps and put them in some sort of cotton candy machine like process, you could maybe make a plastic fluff. Packs small, expands big, really cheap.
Stuff the fluff into existing (urine only) latrine holes and pack to desired density. Hopefully the high surface area and capillary action (could the fluff be manufactured in pairs of matching strands at the right size to encourage wicking?) will promote evaporation and aerobic decomposition. If possible, pair with ducted ventilation.
Dunno if effective. But at least cheap, simple to use and transport.