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The INTPf invention ideas thread

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Appears that there isn't one like this.

Post your ideas for new inventions for discussion, redacted if needs must due to IP protection reasons. If what you propose already exists, others can point it out so you won't waste money trying to file a patent or whatever.

My latest ideas are:

A floor tile which has pores that suck away the dirt. The dirt all goes into a bag in the floor eventually (made of recyclable material), which can be replaced.

A kitchen sink with integrated choke clearer (I wanted to do a toilet bowl but apparently that's been patented already).

A mini-forklift for cardboard boxes.

A portable comb-binding machine with automatic document feeder (not a two step process i.e. you won't have to punch the holes first then insert the comb after, it'll do it automatically for you, and you won't have to punch the sheets 20 at a time or so). Possibly could be integrated with a printer.

An escalator with seats (perhaps for use in an old folks' home).
 

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In the same vein as all the other thread title misreadings lately, I thought this said "The INTPf intervention ideas thread."

To be honest, the "intervention" notion sounds even more interesting.
 

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A thread to gather ideas to plagiarize and use them.
 

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Argh I made a post that became subject to moderation.

Won't deny that this is crowdsourcing, more to see if there's any stuff out there already so one won't waste time doing.

I should think that the problem with INTPs is not having a dearth of things that one wants to build/invent; the problem is that so much is happening so fast around the world that what you want to do may have been done already.
 

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A thread to gather ideas to plagiarize and use them.

I love the idea of this thread, but as an inventor/patent holder it is not smart to discuss specific inventions too much...lol. I find it safer to discuss needs/ problems that want solving...in a generic way. I have a bunch of cool solutions to questions that no one else but me may be asking (and I am not telling until they are patented, should they turn out to be worth the investment of time/money), but it is a lot of fun brainstorming to find solutions for other people's needs.
 

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Ya, I wouldn't see the point of discussing possible ideas on a forum site unless you have no intentions of ever trying to patent them yourself.

Sadly enough I don't currently have any Ideas because I just come to the realization that I should write Ideas down today (because my memory of specific ideas is very short lived normally).

Currently the only Idea I am working on is an Idea for a Novelty store. I don't really have all the specifics worked out but there are about a million different ways of running a novelty store I am not really afraid of having my idea stolen form someone on the internet.

Of course I am suffering form insomnia tonight so I might come up with some cool ideas. Cool ideas normally do come to me when my brain refuses to sleep.

I don't think I will be sharing them but this forum did inspire me to get creative.
 

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Ok how's this: a complete set of emoticon stuffed toys.
 

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3D X-rays.

Just use two different rays at a 90 degree angle and upload the finished version to a 3D-program. By turning the body back and forth and see it from different angles, chances are that the doctors would find stuff they previously didn't find.
 

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I love the idea of this thread, but as an inventor/patent holder it is not smart to discuss specific inventions too much...lol. I find it safer to discuss needs/ problems that want solving...in a generic way. I have a bunch of cool solutions to questions that no one else but me may be asking (and I am not telling until they are patented, should they turn out to be worth the investment of time/money), but it is a lot of fun brainstorming to find solutions for other people's needs.

@motrhead
What's it like to make a living off of being an inventor? Any past examples you can share? Sounds interesting.
 

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I'm not making a living off of it at the moment...I have a very good three day a week job, and don't really need other income, but I am always inventing. One of the patented items is sitting dormant right now, and I am currently working on setting up for manufacturing of another. The first invention has been built and proven, but is such a big ticket item that it is not feasible to pursue *at the moment*. That one involved a step into big business and the stock market, and it was a rude awakening! LOL. I am still recovering from that experience.
Patents can be very expensive to get, and more so to to maintain...and if it is really something good, the bigger players in the field will be gunning for you. I think inventing and licensing ideas could be a good way to go, but having experience as a manufacturer myself, that is not something I have done...yet.
 

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So nobody found a complete set of emoticon stuffed toys eh... Haha there's an idea.

Perhaps with magnets for sticking on the board as well?

3D X-rays.

Just use two different rays at a 90 degree angle and upload the finished version to a 3D-program. By turning the body back and forth and see it from different angles, chances are that the doctors would find stuff they previously didn't find.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-ray_microtomography

Close?

I'm not making a living off of it at the moment...I have a very good three day a week job, and don't really need other income, but I am always inventing. One of the patented items is sitting dormant right now, and I am currently working on setting up for manufacturing of another. The first invention has been built and proven, but is such a big ticket item that it is not feasible to pursue *at the moment*. That one involved a step into big business and the stock market, and it was a rude awakening! LOL. I am still recovering from that experience.
Patents can be very expensive to get, and more so to to maintain...and if it is really something good, the bigger players in the field will be gunning for you. I think inventing and licensing ideas could be a good way to go, but having experience as a manufacturer myself, that is not something I have done...yet.

Share? Patent numbers?
 

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mmm...rather not share. It's stuff for the petro and transport industries. Names are on patents, and I prefer my anonymity...not that anyone would know me...it's just a general net thing ;)
 

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I'm wondering, is an EU or US patent more commercially viable? (PCT application)
 

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Disposable utensils made of recycled materials?

(I'm thinking especially of chopsticks)
 

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You can have that one, I don't intend to capitalize on it.
 

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No hands underwear. Underwear that unzips my pants and whips my cock out when appropriate, say when I need to urinate, or cock slap someone, or engage in a bit a classic school yard exhibitionism.

You can have that one, I don't intend to capitalize on it.
From a practical point of view, this might actually have some use for someone who has lost his arms in an accident :D
A device that allows me to punch people in the face through the internet.
You can make a device that allows you to be punched in the face after receiving a command over the Internet. But who'd buy it?
:ahh:
 

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From a practical point of view, this might actually have some use for someone who has lost his arms in an accident :D

You can make a device that allows you to be punched in the face after receiving a command over the Internet. But who'd buy it?
:ahh:

A masochist who suffers from low self esteem?

You could make various levels of punishment and different attachments for the B&D or S&M brigade.

Who wouldnt pay for the right to spank someone over the net?
 

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Make a rubber dildo that walks and talks, speaks engrish, has a mustache, and can still be used as a dildo.

Make a lightweight car that is easy to take apart and put back together with a variable transmission that runs on a combination of electric and gas. Use easy to find parts, give it a roll cage and some good insulating protection in a crash and market it as the vehicle of the future.

Invent a candy that brushes your teeth or a toothpaste that doesn't taste like ass, isn't toxic, and helps keep your teeth healthy.

3D X-rays.

Just use two different rays at a 90 degree angle and upload the finished version to a 3D-program. By turning the body back and forth and see it from different angles, chances are that the doctors would find stuff they previously didn't find.

Isn't that a catscan?
 

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Make a lightweight car that is easy to take apart and put back together with a variable transmission that runs on a combination of electric and gas. Use easy to find parts, give it a roll cage and some good insulating protection in a crash and market it as the vehicle of the future.

There's some ideas already but doesn't seem like it's exactly the same. Not a bad idea.

http://samuelkim.carbonmade.com/projects/2978348

http://www.ehow.com/way_6302457_diy_-electric-kit-cars.html

Invent a candy that brushes your teeth or a toothpaste that doesn't taste like ass, isn't toxic, and helps keep your teeth healthy.

http://www.wellnessdentalcare.com/646/new-powerful-candy-cleans-teeth/
 

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A weighing machine delimited in yotta-Planck mass.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck_units
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_prefix

Thus, 2.17651 kg=1 big tick on the machine.

(Yeah, I suppose weighing machines should be measured in force units instead, but after all most weighing machines are delimited in kg anyway).

I would be about 30 Ymp heavy. Yay! I halved my weight!

Target market: physics nerds/nonconformist types
 

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While we're at that, a complete set of measuring instruments denominated in base-10 multiples of planck units, including ruler, watch, etc.
 

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A new type of fairground ride.

The entire ride is about 1 storey tall. One person sits on the chair and straps him/herself in. He other hits a soft hammer onto a pressure sensor (similar to some arcade games). The chair shoots up with velocity dependent on the force used to hit the sensor. As the chair nears the top its velocity is slowed by an electromagnet above. The electromagnet then suddenly reverses polarity to force the chair down. A spring below the chair's attachment to the pole causes it to bounce several times before it comes to rest, with a suitable sound effect being played or mechanically caused each bounce. A groove on the pole causes the chair to half-twist each time it goes up or down.

Intended for children, probably pre-teens.
 

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A machine that allows one to experience drug like highs, based on LSD. Completely non-addictive (physically, at least), and allows one to share hallucinations with others.
 

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A mini-forklift for cardboard boxes.

Pallet jacks are already an integral part of the warehouse environment. http://wiki.vpa.mtu.edu/wiki/images/3/3f/Pallet_jack.jpg
http://www.midlandpallettrucks.com/adminimages/Company_16/HS-0809-HIGH-LIFT-PALLET-TRUCK.jpg

Or were you looking for something motorized?
http://i21.geccdn.net/site/images/n-picgroup/30122409.jpg
http://cfnewsads.thomasnet.com/images/large/556/556140.jpg

Although, the way you worded the idea makes me think maybe you're looking for something that would slip right under the cardboard box, no pallet required. A regular forklift is perfectly capable of this maneuver, but it is frowned upon by companies who want their product transported safely and without visible damage. Unfortunately, all it takes is a tiny error in judgement to put you forks right through the cardboard box and into the product.

A new type of fairground ride.

The entire ride is about 1 storey tall. One person sits on the chair and straps him/herself in. He other hits a soft hammer onto a pressure sensor (similar to some arcade games). The chair shoots up with velocity dependent on the force used to hit the sensor. As the chair nears the top its velocity is slowed by an electromagnet above. The electromagnet then suddenly reverses polarity to force the chair down. A spring below the chair's attachment to the pole causes it to bounce several times before it comes to rest, with a suitable sound effect being played or mechanically caused each bounce. A groove on the pole causes the chair to half-twist each time it goes up or down.

Intended for children, probably pre-teens.

Similar to the Drop Zone at Canada's Wonderland (Toronto) or King Island (Cincinatti), but user-controlled? Sounds like fun.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/74/Drop_Zone_(Full).JPG
http://www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/thrillrides/pictures/drop-zone/drop-zone_1.shtml
 

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I don't want to give out any ideas that I might actually be able to patent someday, but when I was in the fifth grade I dreamed up(in my head only) a weightless backpack. I envisioned putting my books in a circular capsule that lined with a particular pole on the outside, then placing it in a circular backpack that was lined with the same pole on the inside. I thought that it would make it easier to carry my books home as I thought it would make my books weightless. I didn't think of how I would actually get the capsule into the backpack nor did I take the weight of the magnets into consideration. Computers have made that idea of mine nearly obsolete anyways, e.g. digital textbooks.

I have a neat idea for a fishing rod, but I'm not willing to share it :P
 

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Unfortunately, all it takes is a tiny error in judgement to put you forks right through the cardboard box and into the product.
This is the problem I want to solve. Most retail shop storerooms are not palletised.
Similar to the Drop Zone at Canada's Wonderland (Toronto) or King Island (Cincinatti), but user-controlled? Sounds like fun.
Plus twisting plus bouncing plus meant for kids.

Another idea is to let the person standing at the side hit the button with the soft mallet while the chair is in mid air as well, and make the ride limited by number of hits, so the idea is to keep your friend up in the air as long as possible.



I don't want to give out any ideas that I might actually be able to patent someday, but when I was in the fifth grade I dreamed up(in my head only) a weightless backpack. I envisioned putting my books in a circular capsule that lined with a particular pole on the outside, then placing it in a circular backpack that was lined with the same pole on the inside. I thought that it would make it easier to carry my books home as I thought it would make my books weightless. I didn't think of how I would actually get the capsule into the backpack nor did I take the weight of the magnets into consideration. Computers have made that idea of mine nearly obsolete anyways, e.g. digital textbooks.

I have a neat idea for a fishing rod, but I'm not willing to share it :P
One of my old ideas was a waterproof file which allowed the pages inside to be flipped by pulling a lever on the side.

Largely superseded by electronic solutions too.
 

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Machines, yes machines. Machines of a large number of functional types, worker machines, military machines, experts and specialist, etc. They will be just machines. These machines will be made of metal and his mind will be closed to us. We want like these machines. A person began, at one time, at the bottom of the ladder. Machines have never got to the point of independence. Man could be in the same stage, a candidate for the butchers, just like the machines. In other worlds in the universe, machines may be more receptive, more human, a conscious, they may have developed into something of possibly a thinking brain. Endless possibilities.
 

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I don't want to give out any ideas that I might actually be able to patent someday, but when I was in the fifth grade I dreamed up(in my head only) a weightless backpack. I envisioned putting my books in a circular capsule that lined with a particular pole on the outside, then placing it in a circular backpack that was lined with the same pole on the inside. I thought that it would make it easier to carry my books home as I thought it would make my books weightless. I didn't think of how I would actually get the capsule into the backpack nor did I take the weight of the magnets into consideration. Computers have made that idea of mine nearly obsolete anyways, e.g. digital textbooks.

I have a neat idea for a fishing rod, but I'm not willing to share it :P

Um...you do realize that while your idea would make your book capsule float within the backpack, that the magnet attached to the capsule would push down on the backpack with a force equivalent to the weight of the books and capsule combined, yes? :D

The only thing that your idea would be good for would be protecting whatever is inside the capsule from shock
 

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Here's an idea that I will never be bothered doing, that I think would be a fun project:

An elevator that uses a water pump instead of an electric winch.

The way it would work is that you would have a tank of water that you would use as the counter weight, to pull the elevator carriage upwards via cables.

Sensors in the elevator floor would measure how much weight is in the elevator, and a pump would move the appropriate amount of water into the counter weight tank in order for it to go up or down.

Given that it is such a simple device, installing more than one pump as a fail safe, plus including a hand operated pump in the case of power failure, means that it would be safe to install in remote locations. (when power fails, people get stuck in elevators for hours waiting for a repair guy).
 

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Bluetooth motorised luggage that follows your phone (and thus you) so you won't have to drag it.

Here's an idea that I will never be bothered doing, that I think would be a fun project:

An elevator that uses a water pump instead of an electric winch.

The way it would work is that you would have a tank of water that you would use as the counter weight, to pull the elevator carriage upwards via cables.

Sensors in the elevator floor would measure how much weight is in the elevator, and a pump would move the appropriate amount of water into the counter weight tank in order for it to go up or down.

Given that it is such a simple device, installing more than one pump as a fail safe, plus including a hand operated pump in the case of power failure, means that it would be safe to install in remote locations. (when power fails, people get stuck in elevators for hours waiting for a repair guy).

A counterweight based elevator was invented by a Korean a few years back (beat me to it! Damn!)

https://www.google.com.sg/patents/US20050006181

Is this related to yours:

http://www.google.com/patents/US6662905

Else, you may be on to something!
 

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A counterweight based elevator was invented by a Korean a few years back (beat me to it! Damn!)

https://www.google.com.sg/patents/US20050006181

Is this related to yours:

http://www.google.com/patents/US6662905

Else, you may be on to something!

Have you ever tried picking up a rock when it is underwater, and it feels light? But then when you take it out of the water, it is super heavy? That is how the link you posted works. Whoever invented it made a regular counterweight and put it inside a tube. When he wants the counterweight to get lighter, he pumps in some water.

It isn't a bad idea, but much more expensive and difficult to make than my idea. Plus, I don't like the idea of steel cables being constantly wet for years and years, rusting, and deciding to snap when I am on the 6th floor.

My idea is simple and different - imagine a seesaw with a kid on one side, and a big empty tank of water on the other side. If you want to lift the kid up, you put in exactly his weight of water, and then one cupful extra. When you want the kid to go down, you take out the cupful you put in to make him go up, plus take out one extra cupful to make the kid heavier than the tank of water.

elevators are just seesaws with pulleys. And a motor to unbalance them of course.
 

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Sort of like fansubs. Soon there would be a plethora of material available. For maximum erotic immersiveness occulus rift should be used.
 

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Sort of like fansubs. Soon there would be a plethora of material available. For maximum erotic immersiveness occulus rift should be used.

:ahh:
 

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I should think something other than water (with a higher density) might be a better idea. How do you plan to link a fluid pipe to a moving counterweight?

I'll happily swallow anything for endless energy. Entropy could be purged, physicality transcended, what's a little chocking compared to that?

I do not see how just george's elevator is a perpetual motion machine. The elevator would necessarily consume energy to transfer water to/from some reservoir to the counterweight.
 

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a mechanical fleshlight which massages dicks in synch with porn, of course someone would have to manually sync it to every film, this is good though. The syncing process would be doable by any skilled amateur, room for skill would be there.

Sort of like fansubs. Soon there would be a plethora of material available. For maximum erotic immersiveness occulus rift should be used.


https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ejaculator-vr-headset-sync-d-stroking-adult-toy#/

look its arriving!
 

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