Monday, November 26, 2007

Useful Inventions - Yet to be invented!

A list of inventions which may be very useful, but not yet invented... (apart from the cliched Time Travel Machine, Holodeck, Force Fields / Shields)

1. Instant Disc Reader 

It would be good to have a small camera/gun type equipment for reading the entire content of the disc (CD, DVD, Blu Ray, HD-DVD) at one shot, just by taking snaps of the disc.


The reader machine would emit light/sound waves and depending on the echo received would be able to decipher the binary data on the disc.

2. Click Photo and Translate Text 

Imagine that you are in a land which has lot of directions, text, messages in a language that you don't understand. Wouldn't it be great if you could take a photo of the text using your mobile phone and get the text translated.


a. Using your mobile phone take photo of the section to be translated
b. Repeat taking of photo, as required, for clarity and correct focus.
c. Send photo to service provider ‘A’ for OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
d. Receive text (to be translated) from service provider ‘A’
e. Send this text to service provider ‘B’ for translation
f. Receive translated text from service provider ‘B’
g. All above steps should be seamless in one go.

Service providers 'A' and 'B' can be the same company if possible. But, I have kept them separate to utilize the best service providers for the technology and functionality required.

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