We have here yet another collection of ideas and concepts
in several areas. As usual, these are from my imagination, and
are not patented or trademarked, as far as I know. I hope you
find them useful, intriguing, or at least funny. (And I hope
they are new, but many ideas are thought of by hundreds of people
before anyone does anything with them.)
New Concepts - Inventions
You may have noticed my interest in kites. I used to design
and build them while living alone in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Hang gliders are like kites, I always thought, but since there
isn't much altitude in Michigan, I often wondered if you could
use them in high wind, instead of from high hills. I can't think
of a reason why, if tied to the ground by a strong line, you
wouldn't rise up in a hang glider, just like a kite. To come
down, you would just detach the line and glide back down.
Start with a flat "canvas" of magnetic material,
and an assortment of many colors of iron dust or small shavings.
Apply the metal dust carefully to create any "painting"
you can imagine. Like a Buddhist sand mandala, it could be very
intricate and beautiful, and slightly more permanent. You could
even hang it on the wall.
Wipe it clean if and when you want to start a new painting.
The fact that the colored metal dust couldn't be salvaged and
separated is a good thing from a marketing standpoint. It means
that users have to buy more in order to "paint" more.
True Survival Show
I liked the idea of "Survivor," but the drama was
too much. I know that it sells the show, but there are other
markets too. My idea is to start all contestants on an island
or other isolated locale. They can quit when they want, but they
get no assistance otherwise. They also have no special competitions.
The competition is to see who best survives. This might be determined
by who loses the least weight, for example. This certainly indicates
some skill in obtaining food.
Take away all their things, money and ID, and don't even let
them use their real names. See who can survive, and who has the
best situation and/or job a month later. Breaking any laws disqualifies
a contestant. If there are any real success stories, the resulting
show might be a great instructional video to show those who are
really homeless how to help themselves more.
Stop Letting Criminals Exercise
Why in the world would we want violent offenders to come out
of prison stronger and therefore more dangerous? We can't stop
prisoners from exercising in their cells, but why provide equipment
to help them get bigger muscles? Better to encourage them to
be out of shape.
We see it at almost every trial. Lawyers say things for affect
that they shouldn't say, and the judge tells the jury to disregard
the comments - as if they can. What a sham! If witnesses were
questioned and cross-examined on video tape, and the jury only
saw this, any parts with sustained objections could be edited
out. Problem solved. All parties could be present during the
viewing if they wished.
A New Business
Hot air balloon rides are somewhat dangerous, and very dependent
on weather, especially the speed and direction of the wind. For
these reasons, they are not cheap. What if someone offered rides
that didn't take you far, but gave you a view from high above?
The idea here is to have "tethered" hot air balloon
rides. Let the balloon go up a thousand feet or more, then crank
it back in. This would be much safer and more reliable, and could
be profitably offered at a lower price.
Hope you found at least one of these ideas interesting or
entertaining. Even better, maybe you will be inspired to come
up with your own new ideas.