Recently I was looking to book a trip to Chicago. I jumped onto my smart phone, loaded an app for booking transportation and hotel, and started looking. It is astounding. 30 years ago this would have been science fiction. But here is a question: Is producing technology just for big companies? Can a skilled individual create and contribute technical solutions? Below is a list of a few solutions that a creative, technical person might pursue in the coming year. Can you think of more? I’d love to list 100 of them!
– hydroponic garden. You can produce these locally, from parts you can obtain from Lowe’s or Home Depot. There are numerous books and web sites (e.g., http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Hydroponic-Garden) for doing this. You can provide fresh herbs and simple veggies for yourself and your neighbors year around. The possibilities for creativity here, in terms of aesthetics and function, are huge.
– apps. For those who know how to program, you can program an app that helps people navigate a set of local grocery stores, or purchase entertainment tickets, or synergize on a political project.
– green and clean lawn. Create a system to measure pH and moisture, and based on your local conditions, identify grasses that will grow effectively with minimal work. This system can be tailored to your lawn and your neighbors’ lawns.
– audio books and reading. Many people don’t have time to read, but they do have time to listen to reading while exercising or driving. Learn to scan books, convert them to text files using optical character recognition (OCR), convert the text to MP3 files, and perhaps convert the text to MP4 files. This is a technical service that can be quite valuable.
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