Friday, November 07, 2008

Robo Sapiens - Successor of Human Beings

As I realize while thinking of what's happening in our technology landscape, there is a new generation of intellectual beings that will be developed which will be the successor of humans. What's next to homo sapiens? Robo Sapiens? This new breed of intelligent machines will be developed as I can see that the human characteristics are slowly being developed for computers.

What are the human systems now replicated in computer systems?
mouth - speaker (audio)
eyes - webcam (video)
touch - fingerprint & microsoft surface
voice recognition - same terminology
phyical orientation - Iphone's axial detector (Asimo's technology)

What are the human systems not yet replicated in computer systems?
smell - ??? (we can pioneer in this field)
facial recognition - do we have this already?
walk/move - none yet (unless it is a robot)
logical reasoning - ability to use different data to decide
sleeping - ??? (only when turned off)
learning - ??? (only with human intervention)
eating for survival - ??? self-recharging devices on charging stations
human brain - a computer as small as the brain & more powerful

What computer systems not derived from human systems?
-Radio frequency transmission/reception which paved the way to cellphones, radio and TV

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Environment Aware Software & Hardware Applications

Laptops that can auto detect neighboring Bluetooth or WiFi enabled devices and can prompt users to communicate w/ them by automatically discovering their services or information... Such capabilities when built-in these devices will provide a very good  type of free communications... However, this can only be done if:

1) Mobile devices including laptops and PDAs have built-in basic communication applications such as bluetooth chat, wifi chat etc similar to NET SEND protocol in DOS which allows user to send a message to the other computers. Today, these basic applications are not present in all types of hardware and rely only on different operating systems or applications to support them. This scenario brings a world of non-standard applications making it difficult to harness the potential of short-range communications via bluetooth or WiFi.

2) Computing devices have basic senses such as sense of sight (now possible with built-in webcams), sense of touch (now possible w/ finger print scanners on some latest laptops),  sense of smell (is it possible now???) etc. When these computing devices can use their electronic senses to determine the environment it's operating on combined with the intelligent and environment-aware software applications, these mobile computing devices will be of more help in giving the users the needed info or functions automatically. Voice recognition will also play a key role in the future software applications eliminating the need for keyboards. Microsoft's new technology called Microsoft Surface is now one of the interesting type of electronic appliances that will come to the market soon. These computers are sensitive to touch but not just touchscreen but it can be a computer installed in your wall or in your office table responding to hand touches instead of mouse pointers.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Website for Customer Feedbacks using Widgets

As I roam around Quiapo, Manila to canvass on some solar devices and Tiny LEDS to be used in my electronic hobbies, I got caught in a middle of a heavy rain so it took me some time and wet feet to check on all stores amidst many people-- what if we have a website that lists all establishments and products at Raon Electronic Shopping center or let's say a big mall containing user reviews or feedbacks? This will surely help users compare prices and determine the store they can visit before going there and wasting time going to all establishments looking for something! But, I know there have been a lot of websites that are doing website reviews -- what's the cool thing right now is "widgets". This innovation allows you to get a source website and select only the info you need and form a widget-- something you can embed on your website or even in your desktop using Google Sidebar or Yahoo Widgets!

I envision a system that contains a big database of valid user reviews about almost all business establishments. For example, I want to go to a certain coffee shop in Manila, I want to read some user comments about that specific coffee shop based on customers' feedback. Probably I can surf that establishment's website and look for the widget showing the user feedbacks. This will surely help customers bu cutting their time spent in selecting the best store to shop.

An example of a website that allows you to create widgets is

A lot interestings are being developed nowadays! 

Sunday, October 26, 2008

"Solar Skins" : Future of Solar Technology

Today, I visited one of the solar dealers in Manila and I was astonished that there are solar dealers in Manila which started a couple of decades ago but the adaptation of solar applications is very minimal maybe due to the expensive solar devices and the unavailable cheap solar stores. As I think of the future of solar technology, I thought of some futuristic applications of solar called "solar skin".

Imagine having flexible clothes embedded with solar cells which can power your mobile devices or produce airconditioned ventilation on your re-usable clothes? I foresee solar technology, when readily available as cheap devices, can be used as "skin" to certain products similar to plant leaves producing energy from the sun through it's photosynthesis. Integrating solar panels to clothes, car body, house roofs/walls and everything exposed to sunlight will produce energy-independent hardware and software applications thereby lessening our dependence on fossil fuels like gasoline. However, with the current state of solar technology, we have yet to develop solar panels that are  as flexible as clothes so they can be integrated into different applications. What if we find a new way of producing solar cells which really behaves like "molecules" that can bond with other solar cells w/o the need to actually wire them up together into a single line? What I mean is that, imagine a solar cell that is like a puzzle... when you connect a puzzle piece to another piece, it should automatically bond or physically connect with the positive and negative polarities of the other cells forming a single compound of solar panels. 


Patentable - eTray - Real-time Escalation Router & Info Collector

Large corporations with thousands of employees scattered globally are being faced with the challenge of faster and efficient escalation process -- what I mean here is the speed of escalating issues and having them resolved in just a matter of seconds without standing from your desk. For example, if you need your boss to approve something, how would you do this faster if in case your boss is located on another country? I'm sure you can do this via email. But, emails are slower. What if we have a system that is faster than email? A system that will pop-up a window in your boss' desktop saying "Boss, please review/approve my request...". Then, your boss clicks an "Approve" button and so the issue has been resolved at an instant! Yes, the world is getting faster through instant technologies like SMS, instant messaging etc. More details about this idea is described below.

On large offices where escalation needs to be followed it's so easy to bypass the step-by-step escalation/persons.Example, I need to ask about an isssue but since I don't want to stand and roam around asking my peers on the other department, I'll just shoot directly to the topmost contact/escalation person. What if we have a system, which behaves as fast as a chat dialog and as efficient as a routing envelope to get all this escalations done?

1.1 User: Origin of Issue: Person 1 at IP add opens a small iTray in the Window's taskbar, inputs the issue and clicks send.
User can also select routing groups: Route1: EscPerson1 --> EscPerson2 --> EscPerson4 --> EscPerson5 --> ReturnTray
Route2: EscPerson1 --> EscPerson3 --> EscPerson5 --> ReturnTray

1.1 System/Software:
The software looks up the routing group (Route2)
The software sends the message to the first EscPerson1 located to IP Add
Software at EscPerson1 receives message and pops-up an "always-on-top" window and asks for the input from the recipient
EscPerson1 clicks "send" 
Software finds EscPerson3 as next stop at IP Add
Software at EscPerson3 receives message and pops-up an "always-on-top" window and asks for the input from the recipient
EscPerson3 click "send"
Software finds EscPerson5 as next stop at IP Add
Software at EscPerson5 receives message and pops-up an "always-on-top" window and asks for the input from the recipient
EscPerson5 click "send"
Since it's the end of the iTray routing, software finds the origin (Person 1) at IP add and sends the collected and organized information w/ details

Patented Methodologies:
- The methodology of systematically collecting and asking for review/info/approval/inputs from several persons faster than email and as real-time as the IM.
- The methodology of escalating issues/information to specific persons using the LAN, Internet hosts and even mobile hosts
- The methodology of collecting information via the system tray software w/c pops-up, asks for info and sends automatically to next destinations.
- The methodology of step-by-step routing of information and escalation procedures w/o physical movement of the user
- The methodoly which can be added to existing IM's by adding new process/function called "Instant Info Collector & Routing System"
- The methology of adding plugins to display monitoring status of applications which are being used by the whole team.

LastBreath.Com - An Idea for Leaving Your Last Will and Testament Online!

While my mind is in the mood to think of new ideas, I suddenly thought of a project called "LastBreath.Com" -- an company that offers a service for people who would want to leave their last will and testament online and be able to surprise their loved ones when they die! Sounds scary but the truth is, when we die, it's better to inform our loved ones about our last wishes whether it be giving 50% of your wealth to charity, sending your family a compiled CD containing your pictures or diaries, etc. More details about this idea are discussed below.

I am living right now -- doing good, saving money, generating treasures for me and my family. I don't want to create my last will of testament and have it stored by someone, I want to leave my legacies and wealth to the right person at a time of death. I want to send a diary, a book, a picture album or a blog book to those whom I will leave behind. I want those to be done by a reputable company backed up by lawyers and the laws of the country.

Customer Significance:
-=> Customer avails of unique service which will only happen at the end of his life or at any time after his death. Example, send a CD of his life's diary, last will of testament, or a gift to the loved ones.
-=> Customer avails by signing a contract which costs depending on the type of services to be done.

-=> In a friendster-like interface, allow people to sign-up anonymously and have them decide what services they want to accomplish at the time of their death. Free services are available but there are commercial services such as personalized life book w/ pics, diaries, etc. 

Life Agents - they deal directly w/ customers
Lawyers - they are the ones who puts legalities on the services
Death Agents - electronic system monitoring the persons life through an unmonitored method
Investigators - they are police/crime investigators who determines the validity of death reports

Holographic Lastwill of Testament
Audio/Video Afterdeath Message
SaveForThem Financial Services
myCD Data Storage
myUSB Data Storage
Encrypted Confidential Storage

Website for Buying and Selling Ideas

What if while you are riding the train, there's an idea that popped out of your mind and you're thinking it is a very good idea that could even rival Microsoft or Google? Truly, you will be very excited having thought of an idea but I'm sure, after sometime, that idea will just disappear without even sharing to other people.  Now, imagine if we create a website or company that buys or sells ideas? 

As a person with so much thoughts running on my mind everyday, having a website or company in the Philippines to buy or sell ideas will be very beneficial and profitable. As I searched the web, I saw some websites that are really buying and selling ideas. Check out these sites:

1) ITN Idea Trade Network
Idea Trade Network (ITN) is an award-winning one-stop global forum that allows companies and individuals to license, buy or sell ideas, new inventions as well as patents and trademarks. A division of GCCI and a pioneering industry leader, Idea Trade Network's mission is to link the ingenuity of innovators with investors, manufacturers as well as idea commercialization firmswho have the expertise and resources to market new ideas at the worldwide level. Currently, intellectual properties worth over $1.2 billion are for sale on Idea Trade Network.

2) Idea Buyer - New Technology and Product Marketplace was started to help inventors license or sell patents to companies and entrepreneurs around the world looking for new products to commercialize.

3) Idea Connection also offers free posting of Technologies for sale or wanted, Inventions for sale, Funding requests, problems for the Public Good, Mentor matching, and daily updates to its New Inventions, News, Conventions and Contests pages.

4) OpenAd.Net is a global platform for the buying and selling of advertising, design and marketing ideas. It showcases previously unpublished ideas submitted by creatives, and makes those ideas available for licensing and sale to registered Members. Members are mainly companies looking for creative answers to an advertising or marketing problem – an ad campaign for a new product or a fresh approach to company PR, for example.

So, next time an idea pops out of your mind, take note of that and login to any of the websites above. Who knows you can be a millionaire someday?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wanna wear WiFi Sniffing T-shirts or Shirts that Glows in the Dark??

Yes, my friends, I am asking you now if you would like to wear a T-shirt that shows you if you are in a WiFi hotspot so you can open your laptop or would you like to wear a T-shirt that glows in the dark and displays an image or even your name? The old technology of printing still images on a t-shirt will soon be over... here comes the new technology on clothing -- integrating electronics in our clothes to help us not only look better but also live easier! To help you understand what I mean, read on...

1) Philips' Lumalive T-Shirts
When I first saw the Youtube video about Philip's Lumalive technology, I was so amazed! Imagine a T-shirt that can show advertisements, show graphics or any message to other people? The technology will soon come to the consumer market and it will surely change the fashion industry.  The Lumalive technology is a technology that integrates electronic light emitting diodes (LEDs) to the  flexible surface changing fabrics.  But unlike the current LEDs, the Philip's LED technology consists of flexible array of LEDs which can be sewn to a fabric without changing it's texture and comfortability.  The initial users of the said technology are promotional advertising industry which will target the billions of people to carry advertisements rigt in the front of the people on the malls, on the streets or in the parties! Cool!

2) WiFi & Bluetooth Detecting T-Shirts
While surfing the net, I came across a website that sells a T-shirt which dynamically detects a WiFi signal and displays it to inform the wearer that he can open the laptop b/c WiFi is available. That saves time! Instead of opening your laptop to check the "available wireless networks", you can just check your shirt's display if there is a WiFi signal on where you are walking, standing, or eating! I even saw a tutorial that shows you "how to customize a WiFi sniffer" so you could create your own shirt or bag that can detect a WiFi hotspot.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

2006 Edwin D. Viñas Business and Technology Ideas

I really like thinking of new ideas! Whenever something new pops in my mind, I just jot i down thru my cellphone's notepad. These are what I have noted so far:

  • Home2Home Multilevel Marketing
    • This is a direct and cust0mized h0me/ofice/pers0nal products and services utilizing referals and rewards which targets every home as a member of MLM business.
  • Wallmounted Computers
    • I would like to see a computer that fits like a plywood panel which I can easily mount in my room's wall with big flat LCD display and touch screen. Wall-mounted computers will definitely save space for modern homes which values space very much.
    • Right now, there are many type of GUIs for different consumer electronics -- smartphones, PDAs, TVs, computer desktops, etc. Can't we have a standard GUI that can unite all different types of displays? Imagine if you are using a Nokia phone and you switch to Samsung, you'll definitely have to learn the user interface since they are not common. Of if you are using a MAC or Linux, you will surely be confused if you are a user of Windows.
  • Ergonomics
    • Basically, this one suggests that in all technologies that we develop we should think of its ease of use and not much on aesthetic apperances.
  • DocuRouter
    • This is a virtual document collector and routing system. How many project managers find it difficult to collect surveys, forms to be filled-up by many people etc? This software automatically routes a document to all persons in a network just like a messenger. It can't proceed or skip. It makes sure that a person gets reminded of an important document which needs to be accomplished.
  • Data Transfer LAN Server
    • If you want to transfer via bluetooth, u need a bluetooth dongle in ur PC. If you want to send via infrared, you need to find a machine with infrared transceiver in it. Do we have a custom server which contains usb ports, bluetooth, infrared, sms, WiFi, etc? So that all the mobile devices can easily upload/download.
  • A Cellph0ne with IP Address
    • Imagine a cellphone with IP Address? Imagine a cellphone that you can program as web server? Now, that is truly a mobile technology! I want to have a cellphone which I can connect to my LAN with TCP/IP addresing capability so that I can make use of my home's internet connection skipping GPRS. Or I can publish a website where users can access directly from my phone!
  • www.ihavitwatsurs.c0m
    • It focuses on individuals "wat i hav's" so that every0ne can appreciate it each other's personal stuffs. For example, users can view other users clothes, gadgets, skills, businesses, etc. Then, users can trade or communicate with those people who have what they want.
    • A network of servers for filipin0 barangays. Imagine all Philippine barangays having their own network servers so that can share information or offer services not only to its constituents but to all other barangays.
  • www.lostnfound.c0m
    • Finding d pers0n has nvr bin dat easy! Post an0nym0us, meet s0on! It's like an anonymous billboard where anyone who wants to find someone can post here.
  • Java Philippine Websites Mapping
    • This is mapping all Philippine websites, where they are located and how many users they have.
  • Free Java Friendster Mapping
    • Listing your 450 or 1000 friends in friendster makes it very difficult as you need to click next and next and next pages just to see who your friends are. Map them visually with names and pictures!
  • Misnet (Mobile Information Sharing Network)
    • All cellphone users can sign-up to be able to upload/download data to/from mobile devices. Also can be used for mobile trading and mobile online store.
  • Freefm-unix Radi0
    • Putting up a radio Station is still one of the most difficult business. Can we have a computer that has all the needed electronics of an AM/FM station. We just need to plug its output to an amplifier and transmitter. This way, we can have an AM/FM that is controlled by remote users via web interface.
  • Wisoy WAP
    • It's easy! Just configure an apache web server and now you can provide WAP access to mobile phones!
  • Where is my data? Dynamic and direct info system
    • This makes sure that all your data are catalogued just like a library.
  • Sketch N0tebook and Sell s0meday
    • Remember Leonardo da Vinci who sketched the helicopter, or amazed us with his Da Vinci codes! Your ideas at the present may be valuable in the future and if they are a big collection, you can sell it.
  • Control House Apliances via Ph0ne
    • Close the gate, turn on the lights, monitor the CCTV via phone!
  • Blueh0me
    • Automated home wireless network which interconnects refrigerator, cellphones, TVS, radio, internet etc. When used with wall mounted computers, what a high-tech house you will have!
  • High-tech online authentication System
    • authenticati0n system via voice, video, card reader. applicable for corporate security applicati0ns.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Tech Idea: Environment-Aware Intelligence in Software Applications

"Oh my, I have forgotten again to upload my XPIMS spreadsheet!", that's my catastrophic reaction while sitting in front of my new LCD monitor at home, thinking on how I could ever forgot to upload my personal management spreadsheet at the office. I use that file as my general personal organizer for my calendar, reminders, notes, logs etc. But, right now, it's not in my server so I have nothing to organize since I can't append to an old copy in my server. But this incident gave me an idea on "Environment-aware" or artificial intelligence based on geography or environment which can be incorporated in software applications. Here is a typical application of this new technology:

For example, my O2 XDAII has a GPS or a location-based services from my mobile wireless provider (i.e., Globe). I then programmed a very simple application called "TrackMe" which runs in my PDA and just keeps track of where I am. In short, my PDA knows where I am and what time is it and contains custom triggers or reminders which can pop up depending on the users location and other environmetal conditions. Given an information of specific location of where I am, I can then use that location/environment data to trigger a reminder! Example, I couldn't have left my personal organizer at the office if my cellphone reminded me when I'm about to leave the 10th Floor of my office like this, "Are you leaving, master Edwin? If yes, I think you need to upload first your XPIMS files at the server. I noticed that it's already 6PM and you're 10 meters far from your desk which gave me an idea that you might be leaving. --TrackMe Assistant". With that instant and automatic triggering of software applications based on a person's location, time and environment; our life would be much easier!