WhyNot.net is a open source movement (licensed under a Creative Commons) which allows people to contribute their ideas on things that they have never thought of. The site’s inspiration is coming from the book WHY NOT? How to Use Everyday Ingenuity to Solve Problems Big and Small:
In WHY NOT? How to Use Everyday Ingenuity to Solve Problems Big and Small (Harvard Business School Press; October 24, 2003), Yale economics professor Barry Nalebuff and Yale law professor Ian Ayers reveal four simple tools that can help you dream up ingenious ideas for changing how we work, shop, live, and govern. While most of us equate innovation with high-tech breakthroughs discovered by rocket scientists, the truth is that many important ideas are the result of good, old-fashioned ingenuity—and everyday innovators like you and me. Think right on red, rolling luggage, spinning toothbrushes, or even prewashed lettuce—now a billion dollar business.
Here are several good ideas coming from the site:
While current center brake lights were an improvement over the old left and right brake light system, most standard brake light systems suffer the same weakness… they do not indicate the level of deceleration.
I would propose that car companies should develop a center brake light which behaves similarly to a “level meter”. This level meter would probably have about 10 distinct squares of red light. These squares would be illuminated from left to right and more lights would be lit based on the strength of braking and/or deceleration levels.
For emergency braking, a small strobe would be activated to warn drivers behind that emergency braking is taking place ahead of them. This could minimize the possibilities for pile ups and rear end collisions.
Combine GPS and digital photography so that the exact geographical location of a picture is captured in the header of the code.
There’s probably a lot of cool uses for this but the ones that come to mind are:
historians – 50 yrs from now historians could compare photographs that were taken from exact same perspective over time to see how a city grew.
forensic photography? Any others?
Currently whynot.net contains 248 categories and 1819 ideas, it is a great site to get ideas and innovation minds.