Invent Something Awesome For 2019

Happy New Year! Ain’t that awesome? Here we are surviving at least to be MORE awesome in 2019!

I challenge you to invent something that will change the world. A machine, a song or even a poem to make people’s lives different (in a good way). Be Steve Jobs, be Nikola Tesla, be a hero! Saving the world is no easy task, but at least we’ve enjoyed the journey towards progress.

Invent to prosper!

Water Pipe Electric Generator

This is not a special water pipe, I’m talking about the ordinary water pipes that is used by a city to distribute tap water. And, this is not the small pipes around the house, I’m talking about the huge pipes that engineers made for water distribution in the city.

Why water pipes? Water is pumped through these pipes so we could use it. It uses pressure to push through water and uses electricity. So, how can it produce electricity?

Just like windmill generators, it uses the same concept on generating electricity by using a motor that generates current when the armature inside the the turbine rotates between two polar field magnets. Now, by using the same turbine, you can put this to apply it on water pipes to generate electricity. And, you are talking about 24-hour, round-the-clock electricity for the whole city.

water pipe turbine

 

Human + Robot = Cyborg

Everyone have seen Atlas, the robot that can do parkour and his little fellow Spot Mini.

Link: Atlas the self-balancing robot.

Atlas, a humanoid, who can run, balance and do flips indoor and outdoors, is like a science fiction come true! It is only today we can see this kind of technology which is futuristic like a robotic utopia. But, I would rather see it become more useful for humans.

This comes the ability to meld the two: humans + robots to become cyborgs. Robotic future is great but a human that has the ability of a robot that can lift cars, do obstacles better than human only counterparts, is getting the best of both worlds. Just like cars, self autonomy is not effective and is hard to perfect, but joining human drivers AND robots in cars make it more safer and more beneficial. But, here comes the best part.

What if disabled people, those with severed limbs can suit-up like Iron Man and become like one? What if we combine the robotics that can really help humans with disabilities and become super-humans? It is the future, right now!

It’s like Luke Skywalker who got his hand cut off by Darth Vader with a lightsaber, and got a robotic hand and becomes able again, what is keeping us from being better?

Securing Voting Machines Like A Bank

Elections are near and Americans go to the polls to elect leaders who will run the country. The only problem is hacking.

Hacking computers is an everyday problem that we see in the news. This maybe the airline industry, social media, e-commerce stores, and everything on the Internet. So, why not go offline?

In our country, we’ve been using paper to cast votes that led to deaths, cheating, fraud and months of delays. In short, it was a total chaos. Then later, the government moved to computerized voting that proved to be better and faster. It only took a day or two to know who won and no more deaths.

Now, the problem is hackers may compromise these machines without anyone knowing and the worse part is a candidate won which shouldn’t. A terrible consequence for the whole country.

I am a developer myself and knows much about technology. Why not invent a centralized machine that does only one thing that is count ballots. And, guard it like a bank. Which is not connected to the Internet but have a special network backbone. Thus, really makes it hard for hackers to infiltrate. The voting machines as well should be guarded and has a special key for individual voters given upon registration. Better yet, should have bio metrics like fingerprint scanners.

In conclusion, this solution is critical in protecting the people’s freedom and choosing leaders for the future of our country.

Solving The Traffic Problem Using Mobile Apps

The traffic problem is getting worse. As population rise, traffic will become an everyday issue for all of us. Transportation is key to economic growth that is why governments spend huge amounts of money to build bigger roads, sky ways and having electric trains for the future.

So how exactly a mobile app can solve the traffic problem? One word: “Crowdsourcing.” By harnessing the crowd, we can make data be useful and powerful information on how we decide where to go.

As we where coming home from a mall, I noticed an app used by drivers to know which roads are having heavy congestion and which aren’t. So, I asked him how this is possible? He told me that there are buttons which they press to alert all drivers (using the app) where there is low, medium and heavy traffic, and only registered drivers can use this added feature. I was thinking back then that there is already an existing solution to an ubiquitous dilemma.

Therefore, let’s say we design two mobile apps, one for traffic enforcers, and one for the drivers. The app for traffic enforces presses a button about the status of his current location designated to him/her. This data goes to the headquarters for monitoring all of the traffic status on a map. Then, this gives the drivers important information which way to go to their destination. It can also give the time of arrival, if the roads are inundated with floods, road accidents data, and maybe a nationwide breaking news notifications.

This is an effective and most affordable solution that is already existing and proven that governments may adopt to solve traffic crisis.

Partition Backups: Golden Rule

One golden rule in digital computing is to backup, backup, and backup your important data to another drive in case a ransomware attack takes place. In any scenario, backups can even save lives whether you’re working in healthcare or medical institution that is crucial and life threatening.

Backing up documents, spreadsheets and some data is often cared of, but what about the time it cost to reinstall the OS and all the applications needed to function normally? This will drain the working hours just to recover from an eventuality that’s why Partition backups are essential.

Partition backups are backups that stores everything from a hard drive into another disk including the operating system, applications, files and everything. If you need to restore from the backup, you just need one click and wait for it to transfer everything to a new computer and everything will be exactly in its place just like before! The downside is that you may have created the backup WITH the malware installed and so render it quite useless when restoring it. BUT, you can copy individual files from the backup to a stable location.

In the mobile computing age, this kind of backups are rare since there are no (or few I don’t know of?) solution that people actually use. Do you know any device that directly do partition backups of your smartphone or tablet? It will always need a desktop or laptop to do this and thus making the backup redundant (which is not always a bad thing). However, the cost of having another computer just to do partition backups is quite annoying and cumbersome since you have to backup both.

Isn’t there a clever way to streamline the process? Cheaper and more convenient? Like an external hard drive that connects via USB-C at a click of a button?

Ransomware: The Rise of Devices

We all know what we’ve read and heard: Ransomware the scourge that cost the world 10 Billion dollars. This menace should be solved because it’s causing widespread havoc in our offices and personal lives; it’s causing us to be scared, losing trust in the miracle of the Internet age.

The World Wide Web, or Internet should be the answer to almost all question you desire to ask. It must help us learn and open our eyes to a world of knowledge and truth. If that truth is bent, and if that knowledge is corrupted, then the Internet is doomed.

Ransomware is a form of malware that installs in our PCs and does terrible and irrevocable damage. Even if we paid the ransom, it is not certain if your computer will free up encrypted data and let us continue to move on to our lives. There MUST be a solution! Antivirus software is a step behind (well, not always), and it’s not always updated to catch these undisclosed, or undiscovered definitions, so its purpose is quite limited but kind of helpful.

Everyday, I sit with a hot coffee beside me while reading with my Kindle and found a solution with a different approach.

We all work in the office, and everyday we use specialized applications or tools that make us do our work. This maybe an Office Suite and some client-server application that we use to do our work everyday and nothing more.

I look at my Kindle, and I love how simple and easy to do its basic task: Read eBooks AND nothing more. Computers nowadays become a multi-purpose device that do all kinds of things because of “convergence.” We use computers to make documents, spreadsheets, presentations, play games, develop software, chat with our friends, etc. This made computers so valuable that it became a Swiss army knife of some sort. However, this brought some problems. Because it can run ANY software, it brought us to malware infections that cripple our machines turning it into a paper weight. Do you see what I’m getting at?

If computers in offices just runs the “essentials” and nothing more (like locking down) to very specific tasks, and can ONLY run the software we need, then it becomes more secure from outside attacks. We should make operating systems that are NOT full blown systems but rather, specialized, customized systems that run applications that only needed for us to do our work in offices.

I don’t think eBook readers will get infected since it’s literally locked-down to just reading eBooks. PCs that are locked-down to running, creating office documents only. PCs that are locked-down to reading email, and etc.

We can drive innovation here by inventing devices that do specific tasks only. And limiting devices doesn’t mean lost productivity but preventive measures that will keep our lives humming.