Earlier today I read a piece by Yann Girard who said "Ideas are the currency of the 21st century." I completely disagree. Ideas are no more valuable than seeds: you only have something to profit from once you've grown it big enough to give you back a resource like timber or food. To me, ideas are just brain seeds.
And since, like Bill Bailey, I have a dandelion mind, I like to throw a bunch of them into the atmosphere.
Plant some of these. See what you get. They're 100% free of obligation, and some of them might even be original!
What do I get out of it? Cognitive exercise.
What do you get out of it? Free ideation, and 30 chances to create something cool.
30 Ideas, Free for Commercial Use
- A vascular implant device that measures your free hormone levels (and tells you via an app on your phone).
- A website called LuckTest.com that gives you a random number between 1 and 100, to show your luck level in that moment (and to remind you that your "luck" changes continuously).
- An American citizen who ignores the 2-party system and votes for the best candidate (instead of against the worst candidate).
- A gyro-balanced briefcase you can carry open containers in.
- A hose with a laser sight, scope, and precision nozzle for water writing.
- An obstacle course that's 1 kilometre of things to vault.
- A drivers license with a hole so it fits on your key chain.
- A QR code acid stained on firearms that links to the owner's public registration record, contact details, and the object's legal status: secured or missing.
- Magnetic smart ink that corrects your messy handwriting before drying.
- An origami puzzle with circuitry drawn on the paper that does something cool when you fold it right.
- A flashlight that glows in the dark so you can find it when the power goes out at night.
- A Minecraft mod that gets kids writing actual code for unique in-game rewards.
- Phone app that learns your usage behaviour and unlocks intuitively when you move it in the way you normally do when you unlock it.
- A suite of one-touch apps for capturing video, picture, and, audio recording without looking.
- A smart weight rack that weighs the bar when you've loaded it, counts your reps, counts your sets, and records workout data automatically.
- A companion software that plans your workouts based on prior data to continue gains using the pattern of your own exercise data.
- A service allowing you to tour the Louvre with a realtime HD camera quadrotor drone controlled from your living room.
- A 360 degree treadmill rig connected to the analogue stick input of a modified PlayStation controller, to see how your own physical prowess translates to your favourite games.
- A highlighter pen with temporary ink that allows your highlighting to exist only until a protein degrades. Thereupon it becomes clear and evaporates, suitable for books borrowed from a library (or anywhere else).
- A set of standard acoustic standards for designing suburban communities to minimise sound pollution.
- Thermally conductive carpet underlay that spreads warmth through a home efficiently.
- Modelling software that lets you model a 3D figure, face, or character on your phone, with presets.
- Coins that stack into place, or lock together with 90 degree rotation.
- A pry bar with its metrics embossed in the steel, including weight, length, and max tensile strength.
- Voice software that lets you design a voice by manipulating every variable of the digital record.
- Voice training software that samples your ideal voice and your current voice, and provides personalised speaking advice, phonetic feedback, and waveform comparisons to train your voice to sound however you want it to. You could develop a library of your own proprietary custom voices.
- An app that records the duration and time you use each app (and that you don't use your phone), and provides data visualisation on your usage habits, including the days and times you most use your phone, the days and times you most use each app, data, battery power, and connect cables. It provides usage recommendations based on your behaviour that save you time and make it all generally more intuitive to use.
- A configurable keyboard base that allows tailored key placements that are optimal for the hands that type on them.
- Open sharing of manufacturing processes, with cash bounties for crowdsourced process improvements equal to a percentage of the financial savings gained by implementing them.
- Taking literally any creative process and publishing it for others to benefit from.
Still, 30 ideas in 30 minutes is not bad! I had planned to try and do 100 in an hour, but I had to stop at half time due to a feeling of cognitive fatigue.
If you love the concept but none of this stuff appeals or is relevant to you, all is not lost. Besides waiting for me to do another public ideation payload like this one (for my neural exercise and your amusement) your other option is to go bespoke.
That is to say you can hit me up over on Fiverr.com any time. You can answer my meticulously designed set of questions, and purchase your own bespoke idea from the vending machine of my brain.
Any ideas you purchase will belong 100% to you (insofar as an idea can be "owned" -- but I certainly won't use it, recycle it, or even tell it to anyone who isn't you).
I'll even run due diligence and check to see if anything like it exists in the market. Because originality has intrinsic value and so do good manners.
Thanks for learning!