All posts by Per Lindholm

Idea – A Competition For Useful UI’s For Search Engines?

Since we have many talented programmers in the world. Why not create a user interface challenge competition for a Internet search engine . My solution to selecting the best default UI would be where the user had the possibility to change the interface to many of the submitted. This would be done in a testing environment. With ongoing statistics the programmer could then change things to make the interface effortless, practical and smart. I think this evolution like approach would give the best results. Some features I came up with for a UI were.

Similar Page Search. Here you select your search link and the let the server find similar pages. The similarity could be in the text or images.

Keyword Search Panel. A panel where you could select the searches to store for later use.

Search Profile. Here you could select another search profile. Maybe an expert of soccer or some other sport. This would make it easier to find expert info.

Idea – Web Academy Career Path Inventor

The idea is simple. Many of the startups I have read about have innovative services. I don’t think that is enough. We also need new inventions. To get us through the tough times ahead. My suggestion is therefore that we start to grow potential inventors right away. With the Internet a potential Nikola Tesla can be trained anywhere on the planet. An educational website with self paced courses dedicated to training inventors would then be almost to good to be true.

Idea – Web Academy Career Path Inventor

Idea – The Many Cell Mobile Phone Battery System

I wonder what benefits many cell system have over single battery cell systems. Since Tesla has a car with 7000 cells. Surely there has got to be many benefits. My idea is then that mobile device like the smartphone or wearable device also is equipped with a multi or many cell system. This means that the battery inside your phone would then be built of many smaller cells. I believe that one benefit would be that the battery still works even if one cell goes bad. This would then extend the life of the battery system. Another advantage would be parallel charging where you could charge much faster.

Idea – The Many Cell Mobile Phone Battery System

Idea – Simple Way To Make Books Easier To Read

Using feeling based optimization. I figured out how one could make a simple alteration to books to make them much easier to read. I don’t read that many books because my eyes feel strained. I interpret the feeling I get that my brain doesn’t like to focus on a whole page of text. So the idea is to visually cut the text into smaller pieces. I did this by simply making three lines that cut the page text into an equal amounts.  The size of the piece was what I felt was near the maximum I could focus on. I also made the lines longer than the text area so my brain would have an easy time to home in on where I was in the text. I guess the brain just remembers what line it was and the distance up or down from that.

From all of this I draw the conclusion that we have an optimal width and height limitation of the text area we are about to read.

Below is the example I made in a paper book. For the web and software on tablets or phones I think one could easily implement such a feature. Here you could also make the size of the pieces variable so to fit the reader.

Idea – Simple Way To Make Books Easier To Read On Tablets, Phones Or Like This In A Paper Book

Idea – User Translations For Educational Websites

The idea is simple. I have written before an idea that it would be good if the user could input their own translations of written text of english software. Similarly it should be possible that the user with his online account could store changes to webpages. So my idea is that for webpages like and similar. You could make your own translations of the text. These translations among many others could then be optionally made public. So others who don’t read English that well could follow the person and view his translated text on the webpage.

To sync the webpage text and the translation. I guess you need a version system. So when the webowner changes the text the version gets updated and translators get notified.


Idea – Instead Of Wires, Wireless Power And Communication For Electronic Components?

Looking at kits where they create robots. I wonder if they can be simplified with wireless power and wireless communication. Maybe the power could be from wireless induction and the signal or mini power from Wifi. This way they don’t need all those wires to work. The robot exterior could then be streamlined.

For the assembly of electronics maybe this could make things much easier and fault tolerant. No broken soldering and more.

So each component would then have a little wireless chip and an induction receiver.

Idea – Instead Of Wires, Wireless Power And Communication For Electronic Components?

Idea – Photo Frames For Computer Monitors?

The idea is simple. Why not sell computer monitors that are ready for photo frames in different styles and colors. I think this could make the monitor match the rest of the apartment or office. So the idea is to come to some agreement on the way the monitor photo frame is attached. Maybe the solution is simple. For instance one could have a large frame with different inside frames.   Anyway I think the computer monitor is way to boring (only black) and needs a personal touch.

Idea – Photo Frames For Computer Monitors?

Idea – Solar Carpentry Shop And Service Station In A Box?

This idea is inspired by Farm From A Box, . It’s really a very innovative idea and lightened my day. After reading about that I thought why not a solar powered car/motorcycle service station or a solar wood carpentry shop. Maybe in containers or prefab buildings. If you can transport something similar to rural places or refugee camps then we will begin to get a modern refugee plan of action.

Job Idea – Internet Jobs In A Knowledge Economy

Creative tasks like programming and self improvement by education (MOOC) has become very popular during recent years. I imagine this has given rise to a unfulfilled knowledge demand. I imagine that not every amateur project is even begun because of the lack of knowledge. With Internet there is no reason why this should be true. My suggestion is therefore that people could get paid as online help assistants. The idea is that knowledge of a topic is divided to many subtopics. Each subtopic is then handled by the assistants. They then keep their knowledge of the topic up to date. Maybe each assistant has his own particular book to cover.

So the idea is that people could sell their knowledge as an expert in a book. Because there are millions of different books there should exist plenty of job opportunities.

Another topic would be Machine Learning. Here there is a huge lack of public knowledge. Maybe there could then exist an online learning hub just for that. Paid access to this hub for a month would surly be worth it.

For the Internet services to become popular there has got to be an easy way to pay for them. Here is a need for something like Google Play For Services as easy payment.

Job Idea – Internet Jobs In A Knowledge Economy

Idea – Phone Calls Even If There Is No Network Or You Lost Your Phone

The idea is simple. This week my phone company network had a two day breakdown in my area. I could not make or receive calls. However since we now have smartphones there is almost always a possibility to connect to the Internet. So the idea is to connect to my phone account through the Internet instead. With an application on the phone I would then only need to turn on the Wifi and be able to make calls as usual. Even if the network is down. Also if you loose the phone, it gets stolen or you break it. It should then be possible to log in and make sms, calls and so on from a browser.

Idea – Phone Calls Even If There Is No Network Or You Lost Your Phone

Idea – Emergency Employment For Refugees

I think we need to consider a build up of an emergency employment capacity in the world. The idea is to make use of both money and the working capacity of the refugees. For a large refugee camp you probably need a distribution of companies, shops, services and factories. In short you need a lot of employment possibilities. Even if some companies won’t generate a profit. Any income generated under these circumstances is better than nothing. So the idea is to help companies that can turn a working capacity into money  for the refugees.

Another idea inspired by Africa and Turkey is to take advantage of drought resistant potatoes that possibly can be grown in bags. I thought maybe these could generate a little income for refugees in those large camps.

Idea – Everything Is A Battery

Since you can store a lot heat in many materials they can act as a battery if you only know how to turn heat to electricity efficiently. The reason to develop heat to electricity capacity would be the very low cost of the energy storage.

My idea is to use a magnetic fluid to turn a temperature difference to electricity. The temperature difference I imagine could be created using heat pumps to create the very hot side and the very cold side. For the electricity generating invention I took inspiration from the lava lamp. Hot fluid rises to the top and gets replaced by colder fluid. I therefore wonder if you can have a magnetic fluid that moves between a hot and cold places. Since its magnetic it can then induce a current in the wire coil.

Idea – Using a magnetic fluid to generate electricity from a temperature difference

Idea – Program An Almost Finished Game As An Educational Entertainment Project

The idea is simple. Games takes many man hours to make. So why not sell almost finished games for the user to fix. This way the user does’t need to make a game from scratch. They way I imagine it could work is if the problems left undone in the half finished game are intentional. The aim is then that the user will get the game to work with tutorials and thereby learn a lot along the way.

This idea can also be made to fit the users experience if you make the game modular. Here you first you fix the minimum requirement of the game. The bare game will then be able to run but different levels of the game are left out. Those will require more of you as a programmer when developing the missing parts.

Even big 3D shooters can be made as an educational project. Here you don’t need to compile the software. Instead an autograder compares the code written by the user with the working source code. If it passes the tests then that part of the game is unlocked.

Idea – CPU Web Cores For An Hardware Accelerated Web

Judging from the history of video games. Games have gone from simple text based adventures to advanced 3D super games. With that people are willing to pay more. Inspired by this, the idea is simple. Games took off when we got 3D acceleration. Similary we need hardware acceleration for the web experience also. The solution should be open source so that people sitting infront of Linux, Mac or Windows all can share the same experience. One obvoius benefit of acceleration is that ads won’t slow down the page rendering. I belive this idea is needed and will generate a lot of jobs both on the hardware side and then on the software side.

Idea – CPU Web Cores For An Hardware Accelerated Web

Idea – Should There Exist Multi Junction Peltier Elements?

The guess is simple. Since there exist multi junction solar cells and even if they are not the same as Peltier elements. Should there not exist multi junction thermoelectric devices? I would argue that there should be more research to improve the Peltier element. The usual device is very small compared to a solar panel. A more complex construction should therefore be possible.

Idea – Controlled Alloy Distribution In Metal 3D Printing?

This is speculation on my part. With metal 3D printing couldn’t you alternate steel with different carbon percentages to get optimized properties. Different constructions would then have different distributions. So the idea is that with a 3D printing machine you  could choose between different steel powders with different properties.

Idea – Controlled Alloy Distribution In Metal 3D Printing?

Idea – A Different Way To Find The Answer To A Question

The idea is simple. Use more of the brain to find the answer to a question. What I mean is when you get a question in school for instance you also write down the question and speak it to yourself. Thereby your brain has formulated the question in different forms. Since the brain acts somewhat like machine learning it will take information from whatever is possible. Some of that decision processing will be automatic. With this you will have an easier time solving any question using your ordinary methods. In addition to this write down keywords as they come to your mind when solving the question. This will help your brain if it gets lost.

Idea – A Different Way To Find The Answer To A Question

Idea – Match Value

The purpose of the matching idea is that perhaps this can be used in a fast way to generate inventions.

When looking at objects in our universe they are built of smaller matching objects. They belong to the bigger object, they match somehow. For organic objects you find that they match within the exterior and the object as a whole. My idea is that you can place a number on that property. A matching value.

The tool for this I imagine is something like a 3D heal section function for objects. You can try examples of the 2D heal function in GIMP (software) for images.

If you then take some size of the volume out of the object and heal that section using a 3D heal function. You will get a value how well they matched the rest of the object when comparing with the original big object. Then integrate that procedure over the whole object and you get a matching value.

Idea – Match Value

Imagination – Concept Of Not Common Sense Ideas

As an imagination exercise why not take inspiration from conservation of energy. The law implies that energy can be neither created nor be destroyed. As an alternative I wonder if energy can be created if you destroy an equal amount of energy at the same time.

Maybe you need the concept of not common sense ideas to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Maybe we have discovered what can be recognized as common sense ideas already and we should expand our intuition.

Idea – Drawing For Beginners

I’ve written before that you could use 3D models as the basis for drawing on paper. That might not be so simple as I had thought. Therefore here is another idea for you as a teacher can make. Just load a clipart or some other easy image in your image software and cut out pieces of the image. The idea is then to continue to draw and complete the image based on what’s left of the original image.

Drawing Beginners
Idea – Drawing For Beginners.

Idea – Modify Our Formats To Save The Undo History (GIMP, LibreOffice,Audacity,…)

The idea is simple. Why not add the possibility to save the undo history in our Linux software. For software like GIMP, LibreOffice or Audacity it would be much easier to just let the program keep the undo state for every project when saving. Size would be larger but the hassle of redoing stuff makes it worth it. And since one can do it like an option I don’t see a problem. There is another way but the problem with that is that you don’t know when to save. This idea solves that.

As an alternative. Maybe one could when saving the image file also save an associated file which is then the undo history.


Idea – Variable Super Slow Frame Rate Video

My idea is to take advantage of the human capacity for imagination in constructing a video compression system. Its really simple. Like a comic magazine you only need certain key images for the human imagination. My idea is similar. Take a screenshot of the important frames and keep the audio as is. Then you just show the still the frames some variable time each. This way you can get the size down of a video to just a very small amount. This is important for streaming on the mobile network. I imagine this could be very useful to make podcasts much more interesting. Streaming news and other videos that mostly use audio to pass information then becomes much easier.

Todays morning. Running Linux. Watching news and writing an idea.

Idea – Variable Super Slow Frame Rate Video. This mornings idea generation. //

Idea To Fight Poverty – Prefabricated Home With A Built In Shop Or Small Restaurant

The idea is simple. To fight poverty why not make it as easy as possible to start a business. I’m thinking we could design prefabricated homes with built in shops, small restaurants or other business spaces. I’m sure this would make it easier to start up a business since a lot of the cost is already taken care of. I’m hoping countries in Africa will pick up the store potential and perhaps also this dual purpose home idea.

Idea To Fight Poverty – Prefabricated Home With A Built In Shop Or Small Restaurant