Friday, January 23, 2009


What is the most effective way to wake up every morning? A wake-up call, of course. No alarm in the world compares to that of receiving an actual phone call telling you that it is now time for you to get up and out. Unfortunately, wake-up calls are usually reserved for hotel guests and punctual executives - what about the everyday man?

The Idea: ad-fueled wake-up calls.

The system is fairly simple, especially since the majority of today's wake-up calls are already automated. With that being said, all that is needed is the infrastructure required to request and deliver the calls. To offset the cost of building such a system, and to eventually turn a profit with this enterprise, one could sell ad space on the calls and offer the service to users free of charge.

Users would be able to sign up online for the free, ad-fueled, wake-up call service by filling out a brief and simple form with their basic demographic information. The ads a certain indivual would then receive during his or her wake-up call would be chosen based on this demographic information.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009


As of today, we can purchase robots to scrub our homes, vacuum our offices, and even maintain our pools - but what about construction sites? Construction sites depend on constant clean-ups, usually requiring a significant amount of labor. This work, as all work done by humans, is accompanied by the pitfalls of personal injuries, inconsistent production, and other forms of human error.

The Idea: construction-grade robo-vacs.

Construction-grade robo-vacs would be robots built to clean construction sites more efficiently. These robotic vacuums would be similar to the existent cleaning robots such as the Roomba and the Scooba, but of a much higher capacity - they would be able to handle the dirt and debris produced at construction sites. Such a robo-vac might include apparatus designed to pick up heavy items such as steel and concrete, large-quantity items such as sawdust and old nails, and temperate items such as hot metals.

These robo-vacs could also be created to handle specific types of construction, ranging from small/moderate residential work to large-scale, urban, heavy-duty projects. The construction-grade robo-vacs could also be synced with additional models to create a veritable "army" of construction site cleaners.

While some might object to the loss of human labor positions, they must concede that construction-grade robo-vacs would also bring immediate opportunity for robo-vac technicians, manufacturers and sales associates. In addition, employing these machines would eliminate the plethora of health risks and safety hazards the former laborers were exposed to.

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Monday, January 19, 2009


How often do you sit down in a restaurant and wonder what is good? Asking the waiter what they recommend may result in an accurate, objective response about what tends to be a popular and delicious choice, or, it may result in a completely biased, subjective response based on the server's personal taste or agenda. Sadly, it is not until you've already ordered and received the item that you will know for sure.

The Idea: a menu-item popularity tracker.

A menu-item popularity tracker could be shown in a variety of ways, but it would always display the same information – how many times a certain dish has been sold. Imagine a deli where every sandwich is listed on a chalkboard behind the counter. The sandwiches all have descriptions and may even have clever names, but what they don't include is how popular each one is. Employing a tracker would show just how many of those items have been sold in a certain period of time, whether that time is weeks, months, or even the whole year. Customers would then be able to make a decision not just based on the sandwich’s description or ingredients, but on how popular it was among consumers as well.

But how does this benefit the restaurant, you ask? The data generated by the menu-item popularity tracker could be used by restaurants to make a variety of decisions including pricing, stocking, etc. A tracker could also be synced with a restaurant’s existing POS system to further aid the compilation and display of such data. Lastly, in the event that a restaurant were to be bashful about low sandwich purchase numbers, they could easily switch to a system that displayed percentages of items sold rather than the actual number of sandwiches purchased.

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