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  • posted Kids Phone
    I want a phone that is completely geared for kids, to give my 8 year old. Not an existing smartphone that has been stripped down somehow, I mean a phone that is completely tailored to them. I want to be completely in control of blocking all internet access, only installing apps that I want on there, only adding contacts to the phone/messaging service that I approve.

    I want this so that my 8 year old can:
    a) play Pokemon Go without having access to other apps or the rest of the internet
    b) play other GPS kid games safely
    c) can message the neighbor kid down the road or use it as a walkie-talkie.
    d) be tracked and I know exactly where she is at all times
    e) can call me for help if she is in trouble
  • posted Team Code Tracker
    The company I work at has 20 developers on 2 different teams working on about 10 different branches, consisting of 2 different visual studio solutions and about 20 microservices. We also have 3 "dev" sites and 3 "test" sites where builds are pushed and we test code.

    We are constantly getting out of sync with each other. We're constantly losing track of what code is being developed on what branch. The teams are constantly asking each other to sync up code that is missing/behind/questionable on any one of the 6 test sites. It's a nightmare and one that I don't think "better communication" can fix. We need a tool of some kind that helps us visualize, communicate and keep track of all of these variants at all times. I imagine this is a common problem with software companies of significant size and this tool seems to be completely absent from the industry.
  • posted Chocolate Vitamins
    What if you took the liquid center from Lindt truffles and put it in vitamin pill form, marketing it as a healthy daily chocolate dosage? People have been advocating the health benefits of chocolate for years. This would simply cement and market those claims more effectively. In vitamin form, people are more likely to think of it as a healthy thing, plus you limit the portion size. It could be sold at GMC in large bottles with a huge profit margin. Vitamin's aren't FDA-regulated plus you're using chocolate which is already approved for consumption. Simply tout the flavenoid and anti-oxidant benefits!
  • posted Working Pokedex
    I want an off-the-shelf pokedex with a super-cheap monthly service rate that I can buy and give to my kids purely to play pokemon Go. A quick Google search turns up lots of other people wanting the same things. I don't want to give my kids (all under 10 years old) a fully-fledged smartphone and I don't want the hassle of buying a crappy phone, finding the appropriate data plan, locking down all parental controls, etc, simply for Pokemon Go, yet this is what I will have to do if I want to share this experience with my kids.

    There might be a business opportunity for someone to simply buy cheap phone with cheap service, lock down parental controls, install pokemon go then resell. Bonus points if you make a cool pokemon-related case for it!
  • posted A unified tracking system,

    These days the market between security based tracking devices and normal consumer devices is quite small whereas not long ago they were miles apart. If the right solution for tracking and hardware could come together you'd have a great way of unifying the two markets.
  • posted "Get Motivated" Startup Idea
    I was reading about "Loss Aversion" as a trick to get yourself motivated and I think there's a potential business idea here. The psychology of loss aversion is that people double their motivation if there is a risk of them LOSING something of value, than if they were to simply work to gain something of that same value. For example, if you lost a $100 bill in a campfire, watching it burn right in front of your eyes, most people would be sick about the loss. But if you found a $100 bill lying on the sidewalk, you would be happy, but the happy emotion would only be about half as strong as the sadness if you had lost it.

    So here's the idea: Setup a site called MotivateMe. People who sign up send you $100 by online payment. You withdraw that $100 in 100, $1 bills. Then the people set a goal and if they don't reach that goal, you both log on to a google hangout where you BURN THEIR CASH IN FRONT OF THEIR EYES. If they reached their goal however, you send them back the cash, minus your payment for the service.

    The results on motivation would be phenomenal.
  • posted Anonymous job seekers site
    LinkedIn won't allow me (or anyone) to discreetly share that they're looking for a new position without your current employer also seeing that information. I was once on the receiving end of an email that listed dozens of anonymous developers that were currently seeking jobs, with the salary they wanted. It was genius! Why isn't there a site out there that facilitates this?
  • posted Better airplane flight recorders

    I was listening to the radio this morning about all the lengths they went to to recover the flight recorders for the EgyptAir flight that went down. Why is it that that plane was full of people that can watch streaming video on their phones, yet we still rely on ancient flight recorder technology that has to be recovered along with the plane? It would be relatively easy to build a better flight recorder, a simple streaming video service from onboard the plane that streams via satellite to a permanent record, so you can easily see what happened on a plane, along with critical diagnostic and GPS information. Existing flight recorders are based on old technology and this seems like an easy 10x improvement.
  • posted Hi,

    When I was a child, I used to go to a beautiful forest nearby to play with friends. I used to jog along a river, which was surrounded by giant trees. Right now, I have to jog along a river surrounded by half chopped trees and there is pollution all over the place. And the forest? It’s replaced for industry… As I’ve witnessed the change, it makes me feel bad since I couldn’t do much about it.
    Some people say that the government should solve these problems, but I think that we would live in a whole other world if the average person would do their very best to keep planet Earth green.
    So I thought, why not create an app that stimulates the ecological action/mindset? Here’s the concept: it’s a social network/game, where people have to do ecological actions (for example: plant a tree, transportation with a bicycle, ...) in order to get experience (and to eventually level up). They have the choice to share some pictures or videos of their actions to their followers who are also on the social network. It would appear on their “newsfeed”. The higher level you are, the more respect you’ll get from others because of your actions.
    To add more content: guidelines (for example: how to plant a tree), articles about ecology, eco life hacks, forums, …

    Would love to hear your opinion about it!