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sushi

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one of the things i find inspiring reading Cognisant's posts is his suggestion of brainstorming a list of ideas everyday
making a list of ideas everyday and keep practcing and filter the best ones and an effort to break out of employee trap


so here i make a thread about ideas you have that doesnt work regarding invention or business., technology

all ideas start from things that doesnt work, and slowing through experimentation and improvment becomes workable.
 

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Ideas that don't work? I like your angle on this, less speculation more information.

Well most prominent for me was the delivery drone idea which aside from being killed by government intervention was a valuable experience in the relationship between expenses, risks and profit. Having autonomous drones deliver cans of soft drink purchased through a phone app is possible however the real trick would be getting those drones to be either reliable enough or cheap enough (ideally both) that you can still make a profit after your expenses. This is a problem currently being faced by all those startups littering the streets with their electric scooters, a lot of them are being vandalized, stolen or simply destroyed (the "Lime fish" has become endemic to the Brisbane river) which is obviously going to hurt their bottom line.

What I think would be more practical would be if you could hire the scooter for a period of time (days, weeks, months, a cheaper rate for a longer period) and once you've set up your account and pay it gets delivered to you and when you're finished you can either return it to the dispatch center yourself or let a courier retrieve it. As time passes you can trade in your rental for newer flashier models and if any damage happens it'll be replaced and depending upon whether or not the damage falls under a fair use policy you may or may not be charged a repair fee.
(sorry not the point of the thread but I couldn't help myself)

Also if you want to make/sell food there's often A LOT of rules around that which is why street vendors aren't as common in developed countries as developing ones, bit of a shame and kinda ironic that Bangkok's amazing variety of street foods is offset by the fact that as a westerner you probably can't eat them.
(unless you're really stubborn and willing to have hot liquid shits for a while)

Has anyone tried anything catering to tourists? There's a big casino opening here soon which will presumably attract a lot of Chinese tourists and I sense an opportunity there.
 

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An idea for portable clothing stations, to which you can deposit/receive a loan of a jacket. This would be driven by AI and allow people to wear/deposit a jacket dependent on the transition of weather. AI would ensure no employment cost, these clothing stations would be relatively small so little property is used, and there would be portability as people could keep rainy jackets a few blocks down from their work for an unexpected rainy day.
 

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What I think would be more practical would be if you could hire the scooter for a period of time (days, weeks, months, a cheaper rate for a longer period) and once you've set up your account and pay it gets delivered to you and when you're finished you can either return it to the dispatch center yourself or let a courier retrieve it.
There's a scheme like that in the UK, that could be imitated. You can hire a bicycle very cheaply on your credit card. You can ride it where you want to go. Then you leave it on the pavement. It's fitted with a GPS (lo-jack). A van is sent out to pick them up each night. You could use a more complex version of Google Maps to work out the best route to pick them all up.

If you steal the bike, so you can keep using it, it's on your credit card. So the amounts just keep going up until you were better off buying your own bicycle.

Could easily do the same with a scooter.
 

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Gaming shops.

You can go there, hire a PS4 or Xbox360 with whatever games you want to play: new games, old games, whatever. You can go with your friends, hang out in your own little booth and play together. Like Laser Tag but for video games.

I'd make them also like coffee shops in Holland. You can get food, beer or weed.

When you've finished, you can make your own way home, or they can call you a taxi. Maybe they can even do a group drop-off so the price of the trip is split between the passengers. Since they were all at the same shop playing video games, I doubt they'd cause trouble for each other.

So you can have a nice night with your mates playing video games, in a very comfy atmosphere, where you can get drunk, or stoned, or eat pizza, and then get a cheap ride home. If there are enough people doing it, the prices could come right down. Might even be something you could do most nights.
 

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I find alot of old people are suffering in hospitals and elderly homes, and i dont know what one can do can help those people. They also walk very slow and suffer major handicap.

perhaps in the future mind uploading, or transfering their consciousness into another body will alleviate their suffering. Right now, there doesnt seem to be a solution
 

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I had 2 ideas that would have worked but other people got around to doing them first. 1 of them is an automated money changer machine (already done by another company) and another is a design of ceiling-mounted bladeless fans that sucks air through the centre and blows it out the sides of the fan.

I also built a T-shirt printing kiosk which was an automated system allowing the user to print their own photo on the T-shirt. However, it failed to gain traction.

I have 6 mobile apps which have not gained traction with the market at https://customautosys.com/products.html. They work in the sense that they are actual apps that run but I don't know how to take them forward. Would welcome any marketing ideas.

Gaming shops.

You can go there, hire a PS4 or Xbox360 with whatever games you want to play: new games, old games, whatever. You can go with your friends, hang out in your own little booth and play together. Like Laser Tag but for video games.

I'd make them also like coffee shops in Holland. You can get food, beer or weed.

When you've finished, you can make your own way home, or they can call you a taxi. Maybe they can even do a group drop-off so the price of the trip is split between the passengers. Since they were all at the same shop playing video games, I doubt they'd cause trouble for each other.

So you can have a nice night with your mates playing video games, in a very comfy atmosphere, where you can get drunk, or stoned, or eat pizza, and then get a cheap ride home. If there are enough people doing it, the prices could come right down. Might even be something you could do most nights.
I used to own 1 of these with 3 other friends as well, but the business slowly dwindled over time and we shut it down. It's difficult because nowadays most people have PCs and/or gaming consoles at home.
 

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is it possible to invent/engineer a device to increase heat, melt the ice and modify the wealther.,

this could be applied to extreme cold regions like canada and russia (siberia).

I am thinking something like solar panels, but different.
 

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I always thought a giant stirling engine would be able to make huge amounts of power for free.
Have it in antarctica, the heat from the core of the earth paired with the cold surface would allow it to run, like, for a while. Until it sapped the heat from the earths core?
 

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I always thought a giant stirling engine would be able to make huge amounts of power for free.
Have it in antarctica, the heat from the core of the earth paired with the cold surface would allow it to run, like, for a while. Until it sapped the heat from the earths core?

i am thinking increasing the intensity of sunlight or heat to melt the ice, or warm the weather. what is the antartica technology called.
 

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is it possible to invent/engineer a device to increase heat, melt the ice and modify the wealther.,

this could be applied to extreme cold regions like canada and russia (siberia).

I am thinking something like solar panels, but different.

Nothing on a mass scale no, We could have a portable heater but that wouldn't be a good idea. In terms of mass scale we do have one heating device: Greenhouse gases.
 
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