Category Archives: General Invention

Recent Ideas and a Facebook Page

I haven’t posted here in ages, obviously, but that doesn’t mean my mind hasn’t been busy all the time.

Firstly, let me share a Facebook link to a page I manage, and add interesting new concepts I stumble on.

Secondly, about 4 or 5 years ago, I thought of a great concept for a home design.  Something that would be modular, interesting, different, and fashionable.  I had just been dragged back to Michigan, removing myself from my career in software, and left homeless and staying with my children.  I spent a lot of time sitting comfortably in my car, and enjoying the quiet alone time.  I had suddenly thought that it would be cool to have homes designed in a hexagonal shape.  Each room could be added on as needed as additional hexagons.  With a preset of a size, each wall could be interchangeable as needed.  Outside wall, inside wall, no wall, etc.  Each corner could click onto other corners and seal the rooms together.  Each piece would easily be made in an inside manufacturing plant, and delivered on site, as stacked slabs, for piecing together. I began to realize a few things. 1. I am not in construction, and know nothing about whether there would be a need for a special foundation, or certain design requirements that houses require.  2. Flooring could be designed hollow, to allow for cabling and/or heating and cooling usage (of which, multiple concepts for design sprung into my head).  3.  Having no money, or resources, I’d be lucky to afford paper & pencils for sketching the design, or sticks & clay for making a model of the designs.

Recently (Feb 2017), I found my idea was already being used.  I haven’t dug into it to see if I created the idea first, or someone else did (not that it matters), but it was more proof that my ideas have merit.  My design is probably more modular, and rearrange-able by the home owner, and the roof design isn’t the same, but it’s similar enough:

Thirdly, I have a couple of software/game designs running through my head.  One is a space-based storyline.  The other is more of a top-down AI heavy conceptual with little to no user input.  Both are based in a build your civilization to survive, type games.

The first, without going into a ton of detail, is you’re stranded on another planet, and you need to figure out the plant and animal life, to decide what’s edible, and what’s usable for building materials, as well as dealing with nature/weather, and organizing your people and resources.

The second, is more of a highly detailed way to build a working economy, with tools, food, shelter, available AI people growth and their skill development… all without directly interacting with the people, but just by helping design buildings.

Fourthly, I have a book novel (series?) idea.  I’m not going to go into any details about it, because it’s the likeliest idea that might become a reality… and I don’t want to spoil it.  I’m having difficulties in actually getting it down, as I keep getting stuck on words that I want to use, but can’t quite reach them in my brain (LOL).  Getting old is frustrating.  I’ve designed a decent outline, and I actually started shopping around for an author that might be interested in doing the actual writing… but nothing came of it, so far.  Most all authors already have their ideas, and aren’t looking for more.  So I guess ghost writing isn’t working, and I’ll have to muddle through it myself.

Lately, I’ve been spending my creative time in clay, making miniatures, and investigating how to expand that into larger projects.  I’m not heavily into it, but it’s nice to have actual results, rather than ideas that never go anywhere.


A VERY old idea (Peanut Pizza)

I invented this one when I was approximately 5 years old!!!
Peanut Pizza:
Sounds gross, I know, but it’s actually a cookie with marketing potential.  Being 5, I was disuaded from following up with this.  Strangely, the idea stuck with me.
Start with a cookie, maybe a sugar cookie or a Toll House minus chips.  Add caramel or chocolate on the top to represent the pizza sauce.  Now add coconut to represent the cheese.  Now top it off with peanut halves to represent topping.
That is, of course, only a particular variation.  Many other versions (like other versions of actual pizza) can be built with the same premise.  These would need to be taste tested of course.
Now this is one of my inventions I actually managed to try out.  It sucked.  But I am not a very good baker.  With additional experienced resources, this quite possibly turn out to be reasonably marketable.
Not bad for a 5 year old, huh?
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Posted by on July 18, 2007 in General Invention


An old idea (Sunvisor)

At 18 (1985), I came up with a 3-piece invention for automobiles.
Main:  Dual-piece sunvisor.  Two sunvisors hinged together, so they could be used independantly from each other, it could be closed to appear as one normal visor, but also open to be used for the windshield and side window.  Both pieces could fold up/out of the way independantly, or closed together.
Extension:  Within the windshield portion of the visor contains a piece of tinted plastic that could be extended to cover additional area up to and including the rear-view mirror.  Behind the rear-view might have been the optimal extended location, or reduced extension.
Additional:  This involves the use of velcro.  The plastic side being on the sunvisor, the soft fuzzy side on multiple sleeves design for common objects (notepad, cigarette packge, pen, etc).  The sunvisor, with a little extra added bulk, could be hollowed slightly for optimal use of this portion of the invention.  It could also be sold seperately as an after-market product.
(Ok, so the picture looks bad, but I hope it helps you envision it).
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Posted by on July 18, 2007 in General Invention