I always keep a running list of ideas, spread across notebooks and software. Every few months I try to go through and clean it up. But instead of tossing this crop out, I decided to share. Generally, these kinds of ideas are blasted out in pithy status updates, but I think there’s something special about collecting and liberating them all at once.
- •Foods that change flavor based on sonic frequencies.A cake that tastes like red velvet when you listen to bouncy pop-music, but changes to vanilla when you go classical.
- •A streetlight theater company.Amateur produced plays that would be conducted in crosswalks during red lights. Pedestrians would become unintentional bit players.
- •Adult-sized light-up shoes.They were my absolute favorite thing to wear as a child. Let’s bring them back for the kids-at-heart.
- •A board game based on philanthropy.On your turn you can’t do anything to yourself, you can only help other people. You’d win when you lose.
- •Remember Apple’s “Cards” app?I wanted to pick an address from the phonebook at random and send them a card everyday for a week. I’d share my dreams, confessions, and hopes and fears. All with an accompanying photo.
- •A story about the opposite of a werewolf: a dog that turns human once a month.What would he do with himself? Would he gorge himself on day-old donuts from dumpsters, or maybe he’d get really into skee ball? I imagine there’s no end to the whacky adventures he could get into with opposable thumbs.
- •Socks designed to look like famous people’s feet.
- •You know how people say “enhance” in sci-fi movies, and a computer then zooms in on a photo?I wanted to make an application that does this on your phone. “Check out this photo of the New York skyline!” “Enhance. Enhance. ENHANCE.” That’s all.
- •A video game where every new level is played on a different console.From Atari and Xbox to Sega Saturn and Gameboy.
- •TV documentary about how different people throughout the ages have envisioned the future.From Nostradamus to Roddenberry. Mainly so I could use the title “The History of the Future.”
- •Make a mirror with eye recognition and a speaker that gives you a compliment whenever you look into it.Because compliments are the infinite currency for the soul. For me I wouldn’t even want it to comment on my looks, I’d only want positive and encouraging statements. Things like: “you’re going to do great work today,” or “that idea you have is fantastic,” or even just “don’t worry, everything is going to be amazing.”