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New Idea: Bringing back the Answer Phone

My friend sent me an audio message the other day using Quick Voice. Don’t we all miss the old “coming home to check the answer phone” days? One thing that has always fascinated me was the excitement that you didn’t know if there was a message or not.

Since retro is the new black, I thought maybe we could build an application around that old feeling. Check out Quick Voice and Audio Postcard here : iPhone Voice Recorder and Voice Recording Software for Windows and Mac OS X

Then let’s think of a plugin that makes the sound quality “bad” (like analogue hiss with the odd crackle and pop), and use a flash video of a spinning reel-to-reel tape machine.

We could have a site that stores all messages on a server – so log in and hear what people have left you. Make it mobile phone compatibel, and give people the option to attach a phone number and skype-in.

Cool for longer stuff like teleclasses!

New Idea: Chargekill

I just had this great idea for a (yet ficional) gadget called CHARGEKILL.

Imagine you had this device that goes between your charger and your socket. You’d have one device per charger, be that iPod, mobile, bluetooth headset, you name it. It cuts the power automatically once your appliance has stopped charging, hence saving energy. It would have to be cheap, say £4.99.

Here’s how it works:

You can measure at the charger if your appliance is sucking power or not. Becasue every appliance will vary in its power consumption, our gadget would need a learn function so you can tell it “now it’s charging, now it’s idle”. Once our gadget has cut the supply to the charger, it would either need a little power source of its own (maybe a charged capacitor, or a rechargable battery) or a timer so that once in a while it could check if we’ve put the appliance back on charge. If not, it remains off (or in stand-by), or it goes back to charging our actual device – that’s handy if you put your appliance back on charge overnight. Alternatively, we can provide a button that you need to press in order for our gadget to know when to come back to life and start providing your charger with power again.

If this thing comes out next week, you know who to thank for this!

Nobel Price material, say you?