I thought of an interest concept for a watch: two hald-watches. One tells the minutes, one tells the hour. They could be digital or analogue. You could wear them one on each wrist, or both on the same wrist. They could be designed to slot together in a complimentary shape. They could operate entirely independently, or communicate (and synchronise) wirelessly.
This thought follows from my earlier one about biomorphs. Invention, at least by some of the accounts I have read, is about making links between previously unconnected thoughts, concepts, theories, problems, needs, wants, technologies etc. If you can get enough of these into a database, then it can stimulate the kind of thinking that may lead to innovation. For example, the software randomly selects a technology and a problem, then the innovator needs to think about how that technology can be used to solve that problem. The software will not create the innovation (not for a few years of AI development), but it can help people to. This idea has already been done to an extent with The Prior-Art-O-Matic.
I was intrigued by the biomorph idea described in Richard Dawkin's the Blind Watchmaker. But what I'm disappointed by is the little evidence I find of this kind of artificial selection in design. What is great about this biomorph method is that is introduces randomness that the designer might not think of, but can instantly recognise as valuable. It is fundamentally applicable to any kind of design, as long as we can build the software and the right kind of rules (not too restrictive, not too random).
Some possible areas: art, (e.g. taken a existing picture/photo and mutate), logos, videos, music,wallpaper patterns, architecture, etc
Advanced users would be given lots of control over the rules used to mutate.
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Coming features Wireless charging Fat % monitor Gun Flexible screens Touch payment system
Suggested features Augmented reality headset type games Fan Handwriting recognition pen that bluetooths data to phone and slots into the phone to charge (if necessary, the phone sits at the top of the page to calibrate) GPS pet collar that uses mobile network to inform owner of location, charged by pet's movement/solar power FM transmitter
Selling points Style Features Size Weight Cost Feature generation methodology All electronic devices All portable devices All human activities