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ideas that doesnt work

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.
 

Cognisant

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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.
 

Rebis

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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.
 

scorpiomover

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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.
 

scorpiomover

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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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