Sitting here, I am half-way skeptical to write about my ideas and invention blue-prints, but I have always thrived when pressure was put on me, so revealing my ideas to the world may in fact help accelerate the time it takes me to invent them. Thus, the reason I am deciding to write about my ideas and invention blue-prints.
I am a former pharmaceutical salesperson. If you've seen Love & Other Drugs, you know what I'm talking about. My sole job was to convince nurses, physicians and any one else with even a bit of authority, to write prescriptions for the three Rx prenatal's that I was responsible for spreading around Chicagoland. I learned a lot in a very little amount of time, but not about the science of my products (though I also understood that). I learned that I did not want to work for the rest of my life. Whenever someone tells me, "You have to learn how to work", I cringe. I fully agree that people should know how to work, but it's generally people trying to defend their own situations as life-long workers, that say things like this. I'm a bit of a smartass and everybody knows it, so it comes without even having to say that when someone tells me something like this, I fire a response back right away. The moral is, I'd rather work as minimal as possible on what most people consider "work" (just enough to sustain my lifestyle) and then spend the rest of my time doing things that have a residual type of payoff. For example, inventing something.
I'm not a patent lawyer, though I am a law student, and all of my technology ideas and invention blue-prints are protected enough for me to feel secure enough to write about them. Without anymore waisted time, here are several ideas and inventions that will change the world.
National Inventory Database Technology
I don't know how many times it has happened to me, where I need a particular product "today" and have no idea where I can go to get it. Or worse than that, I spend the entire day looking from store to store and never find it. The spark of this idea came when I was prepping for a pretty chilly Notre Dame-Miami football game at Soldier Field. There was a Notre Dame cardigan that I just found on the internet that day and I needed it. All I could think about was how cool I would look jumping out of the cab in that cardigan, with a nice cigar in one hand and the hand of a girl in the other. I couldn't get this image out of my mind, so the positive effects of my ADD kicked in (hyper focus) and I started calling every store I could think of, the manufacturer, the Notre Dame book store and all the places that may have it or at least be able to point me in the right direction. I was literally ready to jump in my car and drive from Chicago to South Bend just to see if I could find this stupid cardigan somewhere around campus. No luck. I knew it was somewhere, I just didn't know where it was. It's not like these cardigans magically disappeared on game day, not from every store at least.
I went to the game without it. It was fine but I know I would have liked it more it I could have bought myself that cardigan before the game. So I thought to myself, "What if there was a way to see not only how many of these cardigans were for sale within 25 miles, 100 miles, 250 miles, etc. but where the nearest one was, its price, and the ability to hold it until I got there to pick it up." I make these debates in my head when I am rationalizing whether an idea is worth putting on paper. My objection to this idea was, "Couldn't you just prepare a bit and order the thing overnight on Amazon or from a store somewhere." And the simply answer is yes. Of course you could do that, but this is life and things don't always happen that way. The fact of the matter is, manufacturers do keep inventory on their items they sell, but they do not keep detailed inventory of their items once they are in the purchasing stores. If they did, I could have just called up the manufacturer (which I did) and they could have pinpointed me to the nearest store that had one in stock. Low and behold, my idea of a National Inventory Database was born.
The idea of having National Inventory Database technology starts with the proper program.
Special bar codes are then implemented on the products in the manufacturers warehouse, allowing the simple upload of all the products to the database. Once a store purchases the items from the manufacturer, those items are then activated for tracking on the National Inventory Database by the scanners (same scanners they already use) at the store. Once the product is purchased by a consumer, it is deactivated from the database, one of the most vital parts of the process.
This is a fairly simple tracking system, but the benefits for both buyer and seller are great. Buyers would finally know if one store will have all of their shopping list before they set foot in the store and sellers can become a "go-to" store for users of the database, risking lost business if they do not take part. Of course, every program these days needs a smart phone application, and I think one of the easiest things to do would be to create an app for everyone, because as we all know, without an app an inventory system is pretty useless.
Ultimate Smart Fridge
Smart fridge technology is a new idea, and to be honest, I did not come up with it. However, I thought I did and that's all that counts. All kidding aside, my idea surrounds the system the fridge uses, unlike other blueprint designs that I have seen, where the user inputs all of the stocked items manually. Basically, my idea is this:
- After you get back from the grocery store with a car full of goodies and you bring all the bags in and set them on your kitchen table, you begin to put the cold items in the fridge. Ok, so if you are anything like me, when my fridge is running low (and actually even when it's fully stocked), I have a tough time making dinners and breakfasts for myself that are edible enough for my girlfriend to want to eat. So, I usually go online and look a few recipes up. Problem is, I never have that last ingredient needed. Or, I never have half of the ingredients the recipes call for. "I wish there was a way to only see recipes that I could actually make!" And like that, my idea for a smart fridge came about.
- When you are about to put that milk in the fridge, you first scan it on the sturdy scanner inside the frame of the refrigerator, loading it up as inventory. That is step one. The second step is to place it in the milk quadrant. Now, depending on the size of the fridge, that could be one, two, three, or four options. Once the milk is placed in the quadrant, it is weighed by that quadrant and loaded into the system. So, when you are running low on milk, the system alerts you, doesn't allow you to create recipes, and so fourth if you don't have enough.
- For items without bar code technology, like apples, simply placing them in one of the separators in the crisper and entering the data (Wi-Fi linked) into the system and allowing the crisper scale to weigh the apples will give you the exact weight and number of apples you have. When one of the apples is removed, the system automatically updates that information for you.
If planes can have an auto-pilot technology, why can't cars? I have for the longest time, and I'm sure I am not alone, thought that not only would auto-pilot cars cut down on the number of accidents, they would influence ease of travel immensely. How? How many people don't drive at night because they think they will fall asleep at the wheel? Exactly. The idea revolves around building a street interface with sensors. A large amount of sensors powered by different sources, so if one sensor goes out, the others are unaffected. Once the interface is built, and even before it is built in smaller cities, cars equipped with smart technology sensors can hit the roads. I'm sure traffic camera companies, airliners, states, and the like lobby against this idea daily because with fewer people speeding and breaking traffic laws, the less money they make. But, if a company cares more about money than saving lives, then I hope they go out of business anyways!
The emormous upside with having a fully functional auto-pilot lane (at the very least), would mean getting to grandma's house in half the time, reducing the risk of having an accident (even at an increased speed) and being able to take care of things in the car instead of having to worry about that enormous semi-truck right next to you.
I am fully aware that these ideas, in one ay or another, have probably already been thought of but, fact is, they are still great tech ideas that will chage the world within our lifetime! Please leave comments below.