Inkscape is a vector illustration software that you can download for Linux, Mac or Windows. I thought why not use this for making small changes to documents that have been exported to the PDF format. Since you edit one page at a time a software to join the pdf files is then used. I used pdftk for this.
In the example below I will change some text and a photo.
Here is an idea that would give the possibility of variations from the same clipart. With cliparts existing as a 3D models you can rotate. Change camera angle for the scene. Maybe change material, color or textures. This way you get a unique clipart image to be used in your text every time. The simple way to implement this is to use Blender (3D program) to render the cliparts you like from a site where people upload their free 3D versions of the typical clipart images. The 3D versions should be finished scenes in Blender so that they could easily be rendered.
The idea is simple. With many time consuming games on PC, Playstation or Xbox. Having control over the time your child is playing can be important. Since today many games require an Internet connection. One could therefor have two online accounts at the game site. One special account for parents who could then see how much time the child is playing a particular game. Here you could set at what time the game is allowed to be played simply by logging into your account from your own computer.
I might have an idea for refugee employment. If this is suppose to scale maybe there is a need for an ‘International Employment Service For Refugees’. Where companies, organizations and ordinary people could post distance or regular work for refugees across the globe. With the Internet this should not be totally impossible.
I thought I focus this blog post on the possibility of creating Internet jobs. The idea I had in mind was to add entertainment to sites selling electronics, clothes and other items. It’s pretty simple. If the idea is good companies will then hire people to do interesting blogs and podcasts. I think a photo podcasts will be more interesting since you can advertise with photos or short videos of products. A photo podcast can be done the easy way by adding the audio track to a video of still photos. I believe this idea could generate some new jobs and at same time help to sell products. It doesn’t have to be a retailer either maybe a podcast recorded at a restaurant could work as a way to promote that place.
I’m wondering how you can improve the tents for the refugees. The idea I had was if material access to wood and tools could be provided. With this they and others could construct tent platforms and other supportive solutions. I think it makes sense to make use of the ingenuity of the refugees.
What if you can charge a battery by an alternating current directly. What would such a battery construction look like? At what frequencies would this work? Where would you use it? Would it carry any advantages from todays batteries?
The idea is to improve blogs for those writers who want to create more interesting articles by involving more people in the writing process. Other peoples opinion and input can take time to get so maybe this could be solved with a site on the Internet. Here you post a draft of your post and then collaborate. For those who help out there could be a credit list together with the writers name. I believe this a good way for those who participate to learn how an article could be put together and maybe get more people blogging.
Here I want to take advantage of knowledgeable people with experience of entrepreneurship for generating new startups. My hunch is that there exists people who are very good at finding business ideas. Why then can’t you have a company that generates startups? The main idea is then to train and as a company provide lots of different ideas that are likely to succeed. Then match those business ideas with the best and most motivated people. They in turn will do their best to make them into successful businesses.
In a previous blog post I wrote that you could probably filter out and practice the most commonly found difficult words before you read the book. Here I’m going to present an idea where you combine the latest technology to practice reading. The idea is to encourage and challenge yourself by reading together with others offline and online. Offline you can mix every other page with an audio book. It doesn’t have to be a commercial recording. A teacher might record her own voice reading the book. So here you have the student reading one page and the next page the teacher recording is playing. If you have a tablet then it makes it easier and can then be adapted to the students individual pace. For those who want more you could have a internet community where you connect with a group and take turns reading online. Maybe something like Google Hangout could work for this. I think this could be an awarding experience for the readers as well as the listeners.
This idea is meant as an increase in cooperation among poor store owners and other product producers. Basically the idea is that the producer who might be a refugee can still benefit from stores or little shops by renting space in those. This way they need not do big investments. They can sell their gods in a shop anyway.
Here I’m going to write about one of the many possibilities that exists in making textbooks digital. The idea is simple. In a digital textbook for tablets one could have for each theory section or for certain exercises a link to a hidden collection of frequently asked questions and answers. Those questions could very well be crowd sourced. The idea is then that you first read the theory and if you don’t understand you go to the corresponding FAQ for that section. Hopefully this would make the book easier to understand and let you study better.
I think I found a cheap and easy way for stress reduction that requires no training. The idea is probably not new since it’s very simple. Just fill a soda bottle (1.5L) with hot water and cover it with something like a fleece fabric. Then use it together with a pillow touching your face. For me focusing on the heat outside but close to the body helped me reduce the stress. A rubber bottle would probably work even better. The soda bottle is still quite effective in my opinion. Even if you don’t feel stress it should give you comfort during the cold winter months. Note: Do not use very hot or boiling water.
Here I’m going to argue for what I believe is an unused potential from a free international curriculum. The content would include a mix of videos, audio and books and cover lessons from the whole primary and secondary school years. The potential then comes from the equal chance everyone can have at improving their education. From adult learners that have missed out on education to refugees who can not go to school. The content should have an appropriate creative commons license so that it can be improved upon and translated. You should be able to have the content running without an internet connection. Because the offline option increases greatly the number of places where the curriculum can be deployed or reduces the cost of internet traffic. Even if there is a national curricula an international curricula with the best teachers could benefit the student greatly. For instance one can have web sites where students can pose their questions any time of the day. Here many people have the exact knowledge of the international curricula.
Have just tested an idea to make drawing easier. Basically I used the 3D software Blender to make a simple model of what I was going to draw. The model as in the screenshot below consists only of primitives and is very crude. First I thought of using an armature in the software but this was unnecessary. Just move and rotate the various body parts. Since I’m not trained at all in drawing I just put a piece of paper over screen and begin following contours. Then it was easy just to correct the drawing.
Underlining or marking text is something you usually do for a test. However I thought why not take advantage of this for ordinary text on the Internet. E-books, news and blogs. Here there is no problem of having both a plain black text version or one that has markings.
The idea is then to let the author mark key words or sentences that are important. Then the reader can turn on those markings optionally . To get a faster overview or to help him remember better.
A related idea would be to let the reader turn on and off the color of the in-text hyperlinks in wikipedia articles. Otherwise it would look distracting when reading.
Inspired by solar powered schools maybe there should be something similar like a solar powered distance work facility. I wrote about such buildings in a previous blog post, http://peroglyfer.se/?p=413 . Here people can take on various distance jobs over the Internet. Since there is more focus on programming in school these days. Maybe teaching programming online could work. I thought it might be a good idea if such an opportunity could be offered to refugees.
Like the time feedback in soundcloud.com. There could exist something similar for text. Here the idea is to make it easy for the reader to respond to your writing. They could do this by scoring individual key sentences or paragraphs. Here they don’t need to write exactly what is wrong with the sentence. They could just score it based on their feeling. Say a score zero to ten from strongly disagree to agree. It would be interesting to see what you could do with the collected results. I assume some misunderstandings could be cleared up. The advantage is that the readers could participate in the creation of the text even when the author don’t want to handle bad comments.
In this blog post I’m going to present some example guesses of innovation using the technique described in ‘Innovation from a Google Search String’.
I will start with the clock. Rewriting the invention to mean a point clock. A point clock is what I mean by a ordinary clock. It measures time at a point in space. I can then change the first word to get 3D clock. Then I will guess if a 3D clock makes some sense. If you have a number of very good clocks maybe there is the possibility that they will diverge from each other. If there is some disturbance that makes the clock show different time. So a 3D clock could be a number of very accurate clocks placed in a lattice waiting to detect a disturbance and its shape.
Similarly I’m going to try to innovate boiling. Looking at a water boiler and stove I can see that ordinary boiling means heating from a surface. Rewriting boiling to mean 2D boiling. I just change that to 3D boiling. 3D could mean that there are a lot of heating points scattered throughout the water. Could I then heat the water more rapidly by using many hot air bubbles or hot water vapor bubbles?
With the development of solar power there are new ultra efficient products available. However those are not always affordable for those who really need them. As an attempt to better the living standards for a lot of people. Is it possible to develop a lightweight but durable cheap cooling container made with plastic? I think it makes sense because second hand refrigerators could be harmful to the environment.
I think I found an easy way to think about innovations. All inventions have names that describe them. If the names were very complicated and long or unique then you would not be able to shortcut innovation. However this is not the case. Many inventions can be described with just a couple of words. Take the microwave oven. Just add or change the words to something that could work. Like a “fan-assisted oven”.
What has this to do with the Google search string? The way it is constructed. You find what you want by searching using just a few words, not complete sentences. After some practice you can start making predictions. Change a series of words describing an invention and see if that has already been discovered.
It does not have to be inventions. Innovation could be about other things. Like types of strategies.
Rewriting strategy to mean “human strategies”. I can guess the following just changing the first word to mean all living organisms.
I assume then that for any living organism to survive in this complex world it has got an evolved strategy. Then the success of this organism would depend on how well the strategy works and how close to the strategy you are.
There are many different solutions and features included for solar powered lights these days. Some of them include a radio but most include the usual cell phone charger and the LED lights. One of the most promising feature though I believe would be the development of a combined solar lantern and a wifi hotspot. The idea was to have a connection to the Internet by 3G. To this idea I would like to add the possibility of offline content. What if you can fit the whole school curriculum in the form of a digital content server onto these lanterns or solar kits. Streaming videos would be done by wifi directly from the device. No Internet required. With this you get the IT benefits right away before there is a Internet connection available in your price range. Another idea would be to have a wifi TV server. Where the device picks up the TV signal and streams the channels over the wifi to your phone or tablet.
On a further note. I believe one can make something of an emergency communications station with the solar wifi lantern. Inspired by the goTenna. It should be possible to add a low frequency long range antenna to the lantern and connect it to the phone through wifi. Communication is done with text messages on a built in web server. With this you should be able to connect two or more lanterns from friends and family and also get information from the government.
If a goal of distance working is to be environmentally friendly. Meaning less car travel. And working from home is not suited for everyone maybe there is an intermediate solution. The idea is among the buildings close to home companies can rent space for distance workers. The facility would support and cooperate around IT, maintenance and other resources. This way productivity can be maintained with much less travel.
You have probably experienced bad home LED-lights. Those with a blueish cold eye straining color. Therefor I wonder if you can add optimized LED back light that would produce a text on screen experience that is pleasant to look at. The back light does not need to produce light that shows the correct colors. Here the important thing is not put strain on the eyes when reading so maybe it can be a shade of a single color or a warm light. The idea is then to toggle to this mode if you are planning to read a longer period of time on your tablet or feel a strain on your the eyes.
I would like to put forward an idea to further the access to education. There exists a fantastic offline compilation named RACHEL from www.worldpossible.org. It is a large collection of good educational content. It includes Wikipedia for Schools, Khan Academy, Science videos, Healthcare and Medicine videos, CK-12 Textbooks, World Literature Ebooks and much more. If its possible, the idea is to deliver cheap mobiles preloaded with the 32 GB RACHEL compilation. For developing nations I think it could make a difference. It may be naive but I would be so happy if some version of this could be distributed with the cheap Firefox OS phone in a way that complies with the license.
Thinking about this further. For those who only have one smartphone it could be wise to have dual sd-card slots. With this you could then copy RACHEL easily from one card to another.