Saturday, 21 February 2015
Sunday, 15 February 2015
The diagram below illustrates:
Thursday, 5 February 2015
The importance detail to get right in the design of this system is to ensure the light illuminates the cyclist whilst not blinding him/her.
And obviously, this design will be superseded by the soon to be commercialised light-emitting clothing.
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
As such, I believe there is an opportunity for an app that will allow citizens to help.
The app would run in the background on the person's smartphone, collecting time / location data (and potentially also mode of transport). When police officer records a crime, it is entered into a database, with the time and location. The app periodically (e.g. every hour) queries the database, and if there's a time / location match, then it notifies the user. The user can then think if they remember seeing / hearing anything, and have the choice to be put in contact with the police.
The key features of this system are:
- It's entirely opt-in for the users: they choose to download the app, and can choose to uninstall at any moment
- The potential witnesses' data does not leave their phone - there's no police state where the whereabouts of everyone is tracked
The service could monetise by charging the police forces a small administrative fee per crime uploaded (or per witness provided).
The benefit to the app users is that they can contribute to keeping their community safe (deterring crime through effective policing), with relatively little inconvenience, and no threat to their data.
The benefit to the police is an automated, high-reach way of finding witnesses.
The benefit to the criminals...? Well, hopefully they can be rehabilitated into being productive members of society.
Sunday, 1 February 2015
Whilst not wanting to extend patent protection by an arbitrary amount, one solution would be to give the inventor a choice at the point of filing between a standard 20-year patent, and a break-even patent.
A break-even patent would last until the inventor recovered all costs associated with the original invention an commercialisation, subject to the following criteria:
- The cost and revenue information would be required to be published
- The financial reports would have to be audited by an independent auditor, the fees of whom would not be costs counted towards the break-even
- The inventor must take reasonable steps to commercialise (e.g. accepting offers of support for further development and commercialisation). A key feedback mechanism is that a potential purchaser of the technology could file to have the patent invalidated if the inventor is not progressing with development him or herself, or willing to licence.
- The patent application costs would not count towards the break-even