12 November 2013

Ideas From 2013 That Didn't Happen

There's a list on my phone called 'Crazy Ideas'. Some of the items are starting to collect dust so it's time I cleaned them out before next year.

But before deleting them, I thought I'd share. Maybe you can do something with them that I couldn't.

So the following is a collection of ideas I had this year that didn't or aren't going to happen. I either didn't know how to start them, discovered they'd already been done or, after further consideration, decided they were shit.

  • An app for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to easily make and change bookings. It would also remind you when you're due to donate again.
  • A website to connect casual investors with wannabe inventors. Think Dragon's Den meets Kickstarter.
  • An 'In Case of Emergency' app that sits on your phone if you're in an accident. Ambulance Officers would have a unique password to access information about who to contact and what you're allergic to.
  • Beerend that works on glass shelf fridges.
  • An app for sharing a single shopping list across multiple users. There's a few already out there but they are expensive and naff.
  • A WordPress plugin to easily create wedding registries where each item is tagged with an affiliate marketing link. This revenue would help pay for the couple's honeymoon.
  • A companion app to allow for asynchronous media consumption discussion.
  • An eBook for university students about how to get a job in digital marketing.
  • An app to make and track casual bets among friends. Most likely called Bets With Friends.
  • Single charge iPhone power packs for festivals and emergency situations.
  • An app to easily block out or censor information on a photo/image before sharing it online. Possibly called Blackout.
There's a few others on the list that I might share another time (hopefully not this time next year) but if you think you can do anything with any of the above, let me know how you go.

10 November 2013

Asynchronous Media Consumption

I'm the sort of person who points out the Wilhelm Scream in a movie. I subscribe to subreddits about television shows and check in on the post-episode discussion weekly. At the end of every movie I'll read its trivia on IMDb or look up what the Internet generally thought of a book I've just finished. And I think there's nothing better than a conversation among friends walking out of a cinema.

In fact, I almost enjoy talking about the media I consume as much as I do consuming it.

But the problem is, increasingly our media consumption is becoming asynchronous. No longer do we all consume the same thing at the same time. Podcasts, catch-up television and torrenting means we not only consume how we want, but when we want.

This creates a problem for my post-media consumption discussion. Individually our media stories progress at different paces and any conversation is quickly stopped by an urgent "NO SPOILERS" demand.

If you wanted to talk about the amazing end of Breaking Bad's Season 4 today, you couldn't do it without reading spoilers from Season 5. And imagine I could see my friend's response to the first book of Game of Thrones as I put the book down, even if we read them five years apart.

I need a utility to engage in conversation in 'unreal' time. Like SoundCloud allows people to comment throughout the song, we need a companion technology to share thoughts over the course of a television series, movie, book, series of albums or just about any media.

I don't know what it looks like but I suspect an iPad app would compliment our existing media consumption, and the need for discussion about it, quite nicely.
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