Friday, February 12, 2010

Product: Apartment Christmas Decorations: Compact Tree

Seeing Christmas trees on the street in February got me thinking.  How do you deal with Christmas in an apartment and how do you keep it green?  Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

The Product:
Collapsible Christmas tree. 

How it might work:
Paper - A paper lantern with alternating rings or an origami tree.   Second one got me thinking of a metal fold away version ...
Fold Away - Metal rotational panels, slices of a tree's cross section.
Inflated - Plastic in the form of a tree.

Quick (5 min) sketch:
 
Related products:
Craft paper tree but on a bigger scale
Decorated paper Christmas tree  I like this one the most.  My version would be made from recycled metal with a hinged center.  Bring it out every year and decorate.  Just fold back a hinge when you need the extra space for a holiday party.
Inflatable

Friday, February 5, 2010

Marketing: eBusiness: Coaching/Instructing

Do you know how to do something that others don't?  How about sharing?

The Demand:
Tough times, call for learning new things.
People are trying to educate themselves to be more appealing to potential employers.

How to meet the Demand:
Online videos.  Build a website to house your skill(s), whatever it(they) may be.  Record some videos, make some manuals, post a liability clause, then go out and share.

Similar Sites:
http://www.efactor.com/p/ecoaching
http://www.instructables.com/
http://www.ehow.com/

Product: Recycling USB Flash Drives: Flash Drive + Eraser

Recycling your stuff ... crafting new stuff out of the old.

My USB flash drive's case broke this morning, and I though about what I could do to rescue it.  Tape/glue didn't work because a piece of the case was missing.  So what to do next ...

Did you ever have a USB flash drive with a case that just fell apart?  How about an extra eraser?

The Product:
Homemade USB flash drive case.

How it might work:
Take an old eraser, gut it and stick a flash drive in it. 


Thanks to DIY and Instructables, here are instructions on how to make one:
Pink-Eraser-USB-Flash-Drive






Here's my go at it:
With Exacto Knife, glue and 3 small erasers...


















Ta Da.
(was harder than it looks)

<-- Included vent holes.






And, it really works!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Product: Cadence Reader

Need something to help you focus?  Are meds really the answer?  What about something with fewer side effects?

The Product:
A cadence machine/program that can produce a prerecorded sound and repeat it to help you focus.

How it might work:
Record and upload a sound, like a click or a drum beat, into the device.
Adjust the repeat settings on the device to obtain the rhythm you desire.

Possible products:
Headset/ear piece
iPhone app
iTunes addon

Related products:
www.cadenceapp.com

Marketing: Airport Store: Rentals

Do to the new weight restrictions on all airlines, a new demand has arisen.

The Demand:
Temporary use of items that cannot be packed.

How to meet the demand:
Using a typical rent and deposit scheme, create a store that can supply items frequently used by travelers, but too heavy to include in travel.

Such items may include:
hairdryers, curling irons, umbrellas, dress shoes, rain coats, etc.

Extras:
Items should be rented out in a roller case making them easy to take along.
Items can be pre-ordered/reserved through the internet.
Discounts apply to frequent travellers.
Work in conjunction with Airlines sharing the same target market.

Potential store names:
Fly-Rent-Go
Rent stuff
Rental Essentials
Fly Rent (or FR)

Similar Stores/Sites:
www.rentoid.com
www.onthegobabyct.com(unfortunately this store is currently closed)