Monday, November 16, 2009

Idea: FriendHitch - Online dating with a difference

You know why online dating is so unpopular these days, its because sweetgirl18 is a 24 year old Tom and hot_chick_for_you is 38 years old Harry, promoting his home business. When angel_gal1989 and jenny362635 eventually decide to meet up in a community park, it so happens that they're both straight and looking for girlfriends.

The problem is that you cannot have a background check for each and every individual who is signed on for a dating web service. Even if you can verify the individual using their credit card, social security etc, you still cant verify if the person is as legit as he/she may look.

FriendHitch, is the idea of a social networking app for dating. Its uniqueness would be in the fact that it would only provide you results from your friends' friend lists. The app, when being used to search for a probable date, would scan the user's friends' friend list to identify singles. The singles would then be matched with the user's age, location, interests et all and returned in the most probable matches. The app would also allow users to specify a lot more than just age/location etc, this would help in searching for matches on a broader criteria. Thus once someone uses the app to find a date, the app would send a notification to the identified date and give both of them a platform to interact. It would even send a notification to the common friend to spice things up and request him/her to arrange a meeting if he thinks you'll click instantly. Since both, the user and the identified date would have a common friend, they would need to worry very little about the authenticity of the other person and could also get to know more about them.

Disclaimer: This post is not based on any personal need and the idea was just an accident between disfunctional grey cells and paranormal grey cells in the author's so called brain. However, the author definitely thinks this idea is a killer and would be an instant hit.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Idea: HomeRun - Complete Home Solutions Portal

There's more to buying a house than just selecting a place and paying the price. It's not as simple as selecting a number on the roulette table where you can bet all your worth. It involves a hundred hassles like negotiating the price, signing the property deed, getting the possession, getting your interiors done, home insurance, white goods etc etc etc. For each of these, one has to use different mechanisms and go to different places until they finally turn the house into their own home.

HomeRun is the idea for a website which would cut this running around for a home to a bare minimum. What good is the internet if we don't use it to combine related tasks into just a few clicks. HomeRun would be a portal which would offer end to end solutions for buying a house. It would begin with providing the users a listing platform to select a house. This would be like any other website on the net for property listings. Once the user has selected a house, HomeRun would provide the buyer and seller a negotiating ground for discussing the terms of the payment and preparing the contract. Users would have the option of discussing this online since mostly these terms are pre-defined. The website would also provide the buyer the convenience of getting a loan through a financial institution. The website will strike a deal with the bank for the best offer (at least it will appear that way!) and the user can get a good loan deal. The user would also be able to purchase a home insurance online. Not only this, the website would also, within the budget of the user, provide details about interior designers and also huge discounts on home furnishings, white goods etc which are purchased through the website (This would be as per the commission offered by such online dealers... all passed on to the user!).

By now you would have guessed it right... I am looking for a flat and if HomeRun was already existing, I would be one of the customers. Not just me, a few thousand first time home buyers, every couple of months!

Idea: My Hangouts - Favourite Hangouts of Your Friend Circle

Tired of visiting the same club night after night? The bar tender offers you your drink before you ask for it? The coffee guy doesn't give you sugar sachets cause he knows you don't use them? Wake up! Time to change your place.

My Hangouts is the idea of a Facebook/My Space app, which would let people show their hangouts in town. People could select from a drop down box or add a new area, mark it on the map, define it and rate it. Once a hangout is on the list, people could still add or delete features from the Hangout's dedicated page. This page could also link it to a fan page if it exists. Users could also mention their presence in their hangouts in a particular time slot. Thus, this maps enabled app would in real time, display not only the list of hangouts, their features, user comments, location on the map but also people on your friends list who are currently chilling at the hang out or would be when you plan to be there!

This app is bound to be a hard seller cause a lot of people love to show off their 'chill factor' and the so named hangouts would pay large to be featured on your app. You could also set it up as a website and take it to the next level...


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Idea: CellHiFi - Use your HiFi for a Cellphone

This one's for you if you're one of those people who spend hours and hours chit chatting on your cellphone while indoors. It becomes a pain (literally too!) to hold that phone to your ears. Obviously, you have the options of a speakerphone, a handsfree earphone and other possible stuff. But then as time peaks, these too become annoying... Here's where the next idea for a new product finds its niche.

The idea is a very easy concept and nothing that I actually feel 'innovative' about. CellHiFi (or whatever better you might want to call it...), is a product which would allow one to connect their handphone to their home HiFi system. CellHiFi would have an A2DP Stereo bluetooth receiver which would transduce the signal and feed it to the HiFi auxiliary input. For those scratching their head, a common bluetooth receiver connected to the music system. The product would be so small that it could even be housed inside the HiFi system and perhaps sometime in future all HiFi's would be pre-fitted with this. The usage is simple, search for the HiFi bluetooth device on your phone's menu and connect! All incoming and outgoing calls would then be heard on the HiFi speaker and a power mic bundled in the CellHiFi would make it sure that the user is heard on the other side crystal clear.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Idea: AnswerMe - Answering Machine With a Difference

Have you ever felt the need to turn off your cellphone for everyone until unless there's something really important. This is a condition you can not achieve without having a personal secretary or a set of callers who you can really connect with telepathy and use it to send a broadcast message!

Well, AnswerMe is an intended mobile phone app which would serve as an answering machine with a special feature. The answer machine can be programmed easily for a mobile phone. Once the app is turned on, any incoming call would be auto answered after a select number of rings, a pre-recorded message stored as an audio file would be played back, after which a new audio file would be set for recording using the incoming phone number and the time stamp. This would function as a simple answering machine.

The difference with AnswerMe would be that it would have a specific mode 'Urgent Only'. When this mode is selected, a different voice message will be played conveying that "The user is only accepting urgent and important calls at the moment, in case this can wait please leave a message and wait for a response, else hangup and redial to connect." Now that the app knows the number from which the call originated, if another call is received from the same number in a gap of 120 seconds, the app will let the call pass through otherwise it will route it to the answering machine again.