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Cool New Inventions with Technology – Cars and more!

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

A lot of these ideas I thought of a long time ago (i.e., 10-15 years ago), but I thought I’d post them because they are fun, and perhaps maybe someone will make them 🙂 But right now, the technology exists and is easier than ever to create the following items. I have more, but will just write down a few quick ideas for now. If you have your own ideas, feel free to post them!

Color Changing Car

Nowadays, you have an LCD screen for everything. Why not make your car ‘body’ one big LCD screen? It’s actually pretty easy, and relatively inexpensive. You can literally buy LCD screens that are foldable like newspapers (take a look in google for a company called ‘plastic logic’). I actually heard about this company 4-5 years ago (or maybe it was a parent company), and would have invested in it at the time because it will be big. But anyways. Simply coat your automobile in this or something similar, hook it up to a computer in your car, and voila! You can choose the color of your car with a press of a button. Want a red car? Press ‘red’, and your car is now ‘painted’ red. Want a blue car? Press ‘blue’ and it is now painted blue. You can even make your car show t.v. shows while you drive, so it is one big t.v. screen. Or, to make your car look kind of invisible, hook up one camera on one side, and a camera on the other, and ‘display’ the scenery on your car. It would look very eerie but cool.

For that same technology, I think you would end up with ‘changeable license plates’ (i.e., simply type in a new license plate number while driving a car and your license plate gets changed). So officials would need to find a new means of identifying cars.

Changeable License Plates

I wasn’t sure whether or not I should post this one, but realized it’s a logical progression from the one above anyways, so might as well post it so people are aware of what can be done (so they won’t be fooled easily). Someone could easily set up an LCD screen (i.e., ‘computer monitor’) as their ‘license’ plate, and from the front of their car, simply change the license plate, i.e., high speed car chases, etc. When this ‘digital newspaper’ (check out plasticlogic) becomes readily available, then it will just make it super easy for someone to ‘drape’ this electronic newspaper over their license plate and then have a ‘new’ vehicle.

Halogen Light to shine back at someone

Truckers have ‘rear’ headlights they can shine at people, so why not regular individuals? I find it extremely annoying when some drivers want to show off — so they get these ‘super’ bright lights (‘halogen’ lights) and shine them bright during the day as well as the night, such that you actually have to avert your eyes (or close them) while driving because it hurts your eyes that much. It would be kind of nice to shine a light back at them (or one with an expletive 😉 ok just kidding), that told them to turn off their lights… Actually, I’m not sure if it would be the best idea (you do want ‘safe’ driving and it wouldn’t necessarily be safe to shine a light back at them) — but it would be nice if there was some way to get them to turn off their high beam halogen lights. I’m open to suggestions if you want to post them in the comments section 🙂

Boom boxes on the OUTSIDES of cars

I thought it would be an interesting idea. Not necessarily noise friendly. But you have so many teenagers (and some adults J) that think it is cool to ‘blast’ their music while driving, when in reality – all they are doing is hurting their own ears. They don’t seem to ‘get’ the fact that although someone walking on the sidewalk can hear your car as you drive with the windows down from 20 feet away, or that they can see your car shaking while at a stoplight – that to the casual bystander the music really isn’t that loud. All the teenager/adult is doing is damaging their own ears, even though they are trying to get attention. So, why not put speakers on the ‘outside’ of the car? Although I think it would be popular (with teens/certain adults), I think it would quickly annoy the majority of people and as quickly as it was introduced, it would be banned with the same speed because of excessive noise. (The same way you can get a ticket for a car that has a noisy muffler). So it is a cool idea, but lets see who does it 🙂

How to live a happier life with technology

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

I just walked through a lounge filled with about 30 students. You’d expect it to be a bit noisy and rowdy, but to the contrary, it was very quiet. Each student was sitting down, whether crossed-legged or sprawled across a leather sofa, with a laptop/notebook computer in their lap, hooked up to the wireless internet, half of them having their ears covered with ear phones, listening to music in their MP3 players, which the other half had cellphones either right beside their ears or in their pockets, turned on. They are messaging other people through MSN, checking out what their friends are doing on facebook/friendster/QQ or twitter, trying to connect to others but ironically more connected like an appliance. 🙂 It’s important to remember that technology is supposed to be an enabler, to live a better life, not a disabler!

Another time, a few years ago I was walking down the street, came to crossroads — lots of traffic — but big wide open fields. There was this guy standing across the street, waving his arms madly and looked almost like he was crazy. Until a minute later when I realized he had one of these ‘bluetooth’ phones attached to his ears. Made me think and realized, maybe the homeless people you saw 20 years ago walking on the streets talking to themselves weren’t crazy, they just some of the first people to have bluetooth phones 🙂

And, yet another time, I knew four guys that went into a crowded chatroom (on the internet), and all lived in the same apartment. Eventually only the four of them were left in this chatroom, and they continued ‘talking’ (typing) for another 2 hours. Until one of them realized, they were the only four left – and they were all in the same apartment and should just get out of their bedrooms and talk to each other. Instead, they laughed, and continued chatting on the internet for another two hours.

The internet has become an exceptionally good time waster. So how do you live a better life, almost immediately?


1. Check your e-mail/blog/twitter/facebook/etc once a day, maximum 30 minutes.

Set aside a time in the morning or evening when you do this. I know it will be hard, but it will free up so much of your time it will be incredible. And don’t spend more than 30 minutes. Unless you run your own business (in which you should pay someone to do this for you), you should talk to people face to face.

2. Eat before checking your e-mail!

Yes, it’s true. Your e-mail will still be there after breakfast. J It’s not going to disappear, especially the 100 spam e-mails you got. Eat something first. Start your day off right, not ‘write’! (haha, nice pun, eh?)

3. Choose to talk to people face to face.

It is all to easy to get involved in ‘online’ romances, MSN’ing friends, checking out the latest sports scores, but remember, when you are doing this, you aren’t living, you are literally plugged in like an appliance, not moving, sitting in front of a box! Would you rather kiss or hug your computer? Or kiss and hug a real person? Just because you can make out in a game like the Sims or Second Life, doesn’t mean you are doing that in real life. Get out and life life!

4. Reduce your cellphone/blackberry/PIM/Pilot/etc usage to 30 minutes day. Let’s say at night time. It’s funny, in the early 90’s – you were considered rich and powerful if you had a laptop/cellphone/or pager. Now, you are considered rich and powerful if you don’t have to respond to every single e-mail/cell phone call/beep or blip that comes your way.

5. Go on a technology ‘fast’ for a week, or at least 3-4 days.

People go on food fasts for days every year – and it’s to clean out their system – give their body a chance to ‘restore’ itself. When is the last time you went without e-mail for 3 days, let alone 1 week? Try going without (major) technology for a week, specifically television, anything to do with the internet/e-mail, and a cellphone (a regular land-line is ok). Go out to the park. Go for a walk. Go camping. Go white water rafting. Go skiing. See what it feels like. You’ll give your brain a rest and feel recharged when you want to get back into the tech of things!

Anyways, above are a few quick tips to help get you back on a happy lifestyle track. I hope you enjoy my anecdotes, and feel free to leave comments! Have a great day!

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