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[This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: Black
Date: August 21, 2013 07:54PM
So, yeah.. not the first time for this... but the landscape changes, technological advances makes things that seemed impossible 6 months ago start to seem possible....

So, let's say there was a company that was pretty good at coming up with relatively new devices that end up becoming gold standard for a whole me-too market segment, and these items have a way of becoming ubiquitous to the point that we can barely remember what life was like before them.
And let's say that company was going to 'do it again...'

Right now, in August of 2013, what would that product be that's currently missing from our lives, and for which the technology was too experimental to be considered for mass-production/portability a year or two ago?
You get to pick =one-.




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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: August 21, 2013 07:57PM
Some new kind of watch?



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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 21, 2013 08:18PM
i need something that attaches to my face



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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: August 21, 2013 08:33PM
A version of Outlook for Mac that works reasonably well.
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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: blooz
Date: August 21, 2013 08:44PM
Something that will at least make me look young enough to date some of the women I dance with.
Most of them, I'm old enough to be their father's older brother.



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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: the_poochies
Date: August 21, 2013 09:13PM
Decent battery for any smartphone would be a start.
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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: digby
Date: August 21, 2013 09:43PM
Maybe it'll be another Apple eMate 300!
Or as revolutionary as my CUBE.
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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: Black
Date: August 21, 2013 10:05PM
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the_poochies
Decent battery for any smartphone would be a start.

Well, thanks for playing. So some sort of new technology for portable device powering.


Mine: A display that expands big but stores/travels small.
There was an episode of The Journeyman that was built around a paper-thin, foldable LCD display revolutionizing the way people do things, if anyone remembers that show.
And I thought I read recently that someone was working on this...




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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: iaJim
Date: August 21, 2013 10:10PM
Some way to have cheaper cable tv.
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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 21, 2013 10:50PM
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digby
Maybe it'll be another Apple eMate 300!
Or as revolutionary as my CUBE.

I actually liked the idea of the eMate. Never got to use one. I bet I would have loved it.
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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: vision63
Date: August 21, 2013 11:30PM
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iaJim
Some way to have cheaper cable tv.

We'd be in that long line over several days. We'd have to bring a grill out there and some games to pass the time.
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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 21, 2013 11:57PM
Super capacitor or fuel cell that makes laptops/phones/cars last for two weeks and recharge in 30 seconds.

$400 glasses that project 3d 4k screens inside your eyes.

Accurate spam/advertising filtering for when you walk around a mass with your 3d 4k glasses.

Encryption that allows easy and ubiquitous secure communications with fingerprint/retina passwords.

An easily upgradeable and inexpensive pizza box Mac.

AI that prevents "that aunt/uncle" from clicking on obvious scams.



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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 22, 2013 12:05AM
>>$400 glasses that project 3d 4k screens inside your eyes.

if laser beams are going to be on my eyelids, i want them aimed both inward AND outward!



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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: Black
Date: August 22, 2013 12:08AM
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Filliam H. Muffman
$400 glasses that project 3d 4k screens inside your eyes.

I don't know why you want them to cost $400 and not $150, but yeah, I see this as the need that's awaiting the technology; the sacrifice of a small screen in order to facilitate portability ends up being barely acceptable.




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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 22, 2013 12:34AM
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Black
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Filliam H. Muffman
$400 glasses that project 3d 4k screens inside your eyes.

I don't know why you want them to cost $400 and not $150...

The $150 version is only 1080.



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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: August 22, 2013 06:55AM
Modular, underground atomic electric-power plant, small enough (and cheap enough) for a single-family home.

If this seems fanciful, I've seen reports of modular designs suitable for small towns or even large businesses: self-maintaining, safe, serviced once a decade or so. Down the road they may even get small enough for homes. Don't have links at the moment.

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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 22, 2013 07:09AM
Loved Journeyman.

And it was another of those shows where a foreigner was masquerading as a 'Merican. And Robert Taylor (not of The Detectives) of Longmire is an Aussie!

What the hell is DHS good for? Absolute nothin'! I'll say it again...

I *need* TV display glasses that *actually* subtend the tiny screens to look like 52" display viewed from 7'.

I *need* a reliable, voice-controlled home-control system for lights, heat, A/C, and TV.

I *need* high-quality wireless headphones-- good range, good looking, good build quality, and great sound.

I *need* small, wireless earbuds that offer at least 30db sound isolation (read: passive) and can be worn comfortably under my motorcycle helmet.

I *need* a camera, say similar to the SX40/50 with a built-in laser rangefinder. Also a 10x rifle scope with the same.

And I'm still waiting for foldable displays and dimmable windows. I read about them in Popular Science year and year and year ago. They've made the news again recently, but almost qualify for vaporware.

Oh, and a trash receptacle that instantly converts trash and garbage to electrical engergy. It wouldn't have to be a 100% conversion because of the whole "...enough energy in a grain of sand..." thing. It could double as a space heater.

And a replicator. "Nestlés, hot. WIth marshmallows!"

And nanites that you swallow in a capsule that hunt down and kill cancer cells and remove plaque. A shrunken medical vessel inside me with Raquel on board would do in a pinch, but I'd much rather have the nanites (as long as they behave) and be inside Ms. Welch.

And one of those gizmos that Dr. Crusher attaches to Picard to give him eight hours sleep. (I assume the time is adjustable.)

And an external CMR that interfaces through inductance so no surgery is needed.

And a Buck Rogers jet pack







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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 22, 2013 08:02AM
Solar panel rooftop replacements that meet every town's code, are easy to install, survive weather, and both store and feed electricity into the grid. And last 50 years. And preferably are owned by a private company that 'pays' homeowners to 'lease' their rooftops with a percentage of the proceeds.

Won't need no buried newkulear stuff if we use that big 'ol nuclear fusion thingy in the sky.
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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: August 22, 2013 02:09PM
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Solar panel rooftop replacements that meet every town's code, are easy to install, survive weather, and both store and feed electricity into the grid. And last 50 years. And preferably are owned by a private company that 'pays' homeowners to 'lease' their rooftops with a percentage of the proceeds.

Won't need no buried newkulear stuff if we use that big 'ol nuclear fusion thingy in the sky.

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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: testcase
Date: August 22, 2013 02:28PM
A PRACTICAL flying car.
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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: rz
Date: August 22, 2013 06:23PM
I'm going to go along with the battery/solar panel type thing. Small, rechargeable batteries that will last at least 10x longer than current batteries for electronic devices. Ditto for electric cars. And solar panels that can efficiently provide enough electricity so that we can eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels.
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Re: [This again] What revolutionary product do we need?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: August 22, 2013 08:40PM
Batteries have certainly gotten better, but still have a long ways to go to conveniently and economically store the amounts of energy needed to run households (or even pure-electric vehicles). I suspect we are near the limits of chemical methods of storing electricity. What's needed is a new kind of battery.

How about a living gel, made up of the kind of cells that electric eels and rays use to create currents? Or some yet-to-be-devised way of using quantum mechanics?

The problem with solar energy panels is that solar radiation is episodic, often feeble (e.g. in northern latitudes), or non-existent (behind clouds, and of course at night). I think small, modular atomic generators will be a much more flexible, easily installed, reliable, and simple solution. They will not only free you from 'the grid', they'll free you from the natural-gas pipe or from the oil delivery truck, and from outages from storms. Every five or ten years the Atomod company will come and exchange your old module for a new one. That's it.

Of course, it sounds implausible now. That's why it'll be a "revolutionary product."

/Mr Lynn
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