A personal recommendation system which constantly trains locally on data from our day-today activities and offers the model on demand to the services seems like an straightforward way to address this need-gap.
Our smartphones are capable enough for this purpose, As they are already being used for training models but the barrier would be to access our activities on other platforms due to the closed nature of apps, smartphone OS and zero interoperability. Web may not be as constrained, So I don't see a a major constraint in developing an add-on which tracks activities on demand and stores the data locally.
But large platforms do provide some way to export our bulk data for legal compliance and perhaps this might be an easier way to fetch our data for training.
How about a service that temporarily boosts the Internet bandwidth of the participants of the Internet call by changing their plan? Say if one of the participant has only 2mbps bandwidth and the said service coordinates with their ISP to increases it to 200mbps for the duration of the call.
The service can be paid for by the organizer of the Internet call.
This can have implications beyond the television studio as well as almost all meetings are exclusively conducted over Internet nowadays and a company wouldn't mind paying for an interruption free meeting due to network bandwidth issues.
I do think this can have uses in several areas. Increasing the Internet speed during interviews can work but all Internet providers need to be in on this and the change of Internet speed should be instantaneous
Dates are made visible again, Reverting a earlier decision as explained in /comments/801 as there are instances when the date of publishing the problem/comment can be useful for historical context. But I still urge problem solvers to not hesitate posting their solutions for old problems as it's required as long as the need-gap exists, The fact that you developed a solution for a problem now shows that the need-gap exists.
Showing dates on the list of problems, comments, in permalinks and not shown in individual problem pages. This allows date to be easily accessible to where its needed and who needs it while not showing in the areas where it might inhibit someone from posting their solution just because the problem was posted a long back.
It's hard for new users to understand that the lifetime of content on needgap is very long, Solutions are needed for a problem posted two years ago because the need-gap exists. Unfortunately, limited attention and instant gratification nature of average Internet content today makes it difficult to run home this point.
This doesn't necessarily solve the exact issue you've described but might help with your back pain whilst sitting at your computer. It's a desktop app that monitors your posture via your webcam and shows an alert when you start to slouch. Hopefully it might help you! https://sitapp.app/
iPhone and latest flagship Samsung phones have special hardware to create highly personalized memoji, AR stickers. I guess without such special hardware the results wouldn't be very personalized but still Bitmoji like avatars which the users can make themselves but without text can be done.
However, when I visit /problems/30 , I notice that these two comments appear at the same horizontal indentation, so visually it appears to me as if they were both made as responses to the original problem rather than one as a response to the other.
I have seen comment replies sometimes indented but not consistently. Could comment replies be indented consistently for easier understanding? Thanks!
I'm building an app to solve that. It's a collection of original logos for startups, all made by a world class designer, than you can get for $49-$99.
They can be tailored instantly to the vision of your startup, by taking a questionnaire about your brand personality. We then match you with the right logos / fonts / colors for it and you can purchase the files right away.
I think a marketplace connecting hardware gig workers and hardware solopreneurs is a great way to solve this problem.
Here's the overview,
The solopreneur supplies the design, build, QC requirements, buyers list to the marketplace.
The marketplace finds the suitable gig worker for each country in the buyer list, Calculates the BOM plus build cost including the gig worker and marketplace fee. The marketplace sources the materials locally to the gig worker and acts as an escrow for their fee.
Gig worker builds and ship the product locally using the logistics services of the marketplace. The market place releases gig worker fee.
When I lived in Maine, USA, there was a store Called LL BEAN. They had these little Keychain that emitted a sound that when the battery was full, and it could maintain the right pitch it would keep them away, after a while the battery would start to die and it wouldn't work, just be annoying. Haven't had to deal with them since I moved to the desert, but I am sure the tech has advanced in the past couple decades.
Ultrasonic sound based mosquito repellent were all fad in early 2000s and there even computer programs for that but unfortunately they do absolutely nothing to repel mosquitos - https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20669080 .
There has been no revolutionary discovery for a safe, affordable, efficient mosquito control and hence the need gap. But there has been breakthroughs w.r.t medications and vaccines for diseases caused by mosquitos as a vector as I've mentioned in another comment.
There are books available at tourist shops in almost every country which can give you the information on local laws, But yes a website which can compare laws between countries and display it in a easily consumable way is definitely needed. Mainly because a website or an app can be updated but the information on physical books are often outdated especially when the local rules and regulations are highly volatile like during pandemic.
Considering much of the eye issues due to screens are because we don't blink as much can resolved by taking timely break, But its easier said than done that's why I posted this problem - 'Remind me to take break when working from home ' - /problems/130 and the solutions are very promising.
Abishek invited us over from Product Hunt. I run growth at Courier. We take notification ethics very seriously and we are actively contributing to solving this problem. As a notification sender, their notifications often get out of control due to lack of centralized management per product team in any given company. This is because all of the different APIs and code templates that need management end up only being visible to said team. This is why we built Courier. Plug in any messaging API into our single API and run a centralized workspace that sends, designs, tracks, and logs all of a companies notifications. Included is a sophisticated preferences API and inbox that can be dropped into any app allowing for even more control over individual users. Check us out on Product Hunt.
I appreciate Courier's approach to reduce notification pollution by providing better tools for developers to limit the number of notifications. Apart from the ethics, This might also result in higher conversions for the developer as the user would be less inclined to disable the notifications of an app completely due to lesser but useful notifications.
Yes, increased engagement is likely a hypothetical outcome. We hope that we can start a movement where app to human communication is considered a primary UX layer and that these channels are no longer seen as separates but as communication. The user should not even notice these separations. It should be part of a seemless channel-less experience that is basically a new layer that floats above the app layer.
I use DocSend - https://www.docsend.com/ to track the face time my CV gets but looks like you are building a solution yourself from your other comments and I would like to hear about how it can provide me more insights than DocSend for a job search as they have now turning to startup pitch focused company.
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Hey Zimochrome, I saw you posted a couple of times on this topic and don't want to repeat myself too much but my cofounder and I are trying to solve this problem with https://artickl.com - would love your feedback!
Hey everyone, this is something my cofounder and I are trying to solve with https://artickl.com - we want to make the application process more transparent for applicants as well as removing a lot of the admin by doing things like automating tailored CVs (actually using GPT-3 for this), giving you insider information on the application process, and helping you with compensation negotiations.
On average its the action after clicking a malicious link(URL) like @Christos said is dangerous unless you are a high value target(or work in one) and then just clicking link will exploit the vulnerability in the email/chat app, browser etc. leading to other chain of events.
But there's another consequence of clicking links which affects everyone, That's privacy; Say someone wants to know where you live and all they have to do is make you click a URL which can give them your IP address. But this happens even with almost every website you visit. This can easily be addressed by using a VPN, But then if you use the same VPN IP, Browser, OS for all your Internet activities then there are numerous other ways to track you.
Almost all the time, experts use Virtual Machine, VPN and URL scanners to open suspicious links (URLs). You can find some malware scanners I've listed at https://startuptoolchain.com .
Most office environments do have some form of anti-virus solutions which has built-in URL scanning facilities to prevent phishing attacks, But they're far from perfect and hence the general advise to not click unknown links.
But I agree with you that that it's not a solution when the work involves clicking several such links in a day. A more accessible solution to make clicking links safer is definitely needed.
Thanks for telling me about URL scanners, that seems usable as virtual machine is beyond my abilities. We do use Antivirus software, So did one of my friend but their office still got hacked after one of their employees clicked some link.
That's a cool idea to get familiar with day-to-day objects in another language, Very useful when traveling foreign countries. But I'm not sure whether it can improve learning new vocabulary as it requires sentences.
We built Sivv - https://www.sivv.io/ to help people more easily access and retain the key takeaways from books, articles and research. We summarise actionable insights from the latest publications and publish these through our knowledge feed (https://www.sivv.io/feed) then curate these into thematic guides that contain the best and most actionable ideas - https://www.sivv.io/guides . Perhaps this can help?
To add to this needgap, I would love a solution if it was plastic enough to use for research articles. And if the notes/comments were searchable.
I read numerous journal articles for school and its cumbersome to keep a stack of papers the size of my head with large takeaways written across the top to remind me what notes I left inside. I have meet people who use excel/google sheets like op for research articles and its really inefficient.
They're far better than normal spreadsheets for research purposes and for retention I haven't heard anything better than spaced-repetition as I've mentioned in /comments/1137 . Perhaps a knowledge graph + spaced repetition tool is what you're looking for?
If the sender cannot be forced to follow message etiquette, Perhaps the receiver should be given an option to delay the incoming messages for non important messages. This can also help people like me know don't like real-time communication.
You can take a look at the problems here on needgap, See if any of them resonate with you and could be solved with developing a software application. Learning to code by solving problems is one sure shot way to get familiar with programming. In fact I became a better coder that way, In spite of having a degree in computer science from a premium Engineering college (Of course programming is just a subset of CS).
Then of course there's solving your own problem, In this case figuring out why existing solutions which train you in programming is not working out and then building your own solution for others like you.
Thanks for telling me about https://languagelearningwithnetflix.com/ , I didn't know it existed. It has large number of users and reading from the reviews it seems like they're like me who would like to get some more value out of menial tasks like watching a movie and in this case the value is learning language.
I agree that there are tried and tested methods from professionals like you which are definitely better for those who are ready to invest time for it. I appreciate sharing your grid method, I will give it a try.
Have you tried any spaced-repetition tool like https://apps.ankiweb.net/ ? Since it's designed for retention of anything which can be put into it, It can work for storing content from non-fiction books/articles as well.
This is a real problem faced by many early stage bootstrapping startups, I recruited inexperienced individuals for my first startup and end up spending much of my time training them. On hindsight, that might not be the best recruitment decision but a bootstrapping startup with limited investment doesn't have a choice.
Once the startup grew I was able to recruit best talent available for money, Though I didn't spend time training them my time managing them only increased.
On the other hand there's another sub-problem related to this - Introvert CEO who don't want to engage with the employees.
I guess solutions for both involve improving the efficiency of hiring a people person who can do things which we don't want to do.
Apple now has now partially implemented the feature I asked for in iOS 15, Sender can now determine whether the receiver who has 'Do not Disturb' should be notified after sending the message. It's part of their 'Focus' suite - https://youtu.be/A2T-52AuMvo?t=235 .
Facebook AI has published an interesting paper titled 'Neural Actor: Neural Free-view Synthesis of Human Actors with Pose Control' - http://gvv.mpi-inf.mpg.de/projects/NeuralActor/ in which they have demonstrated more efficient way to generate arbitrary poses for synthesized human actor.
That is a good point. The main reasons for a consumer still need to be researched. From my personal/family experience.
1. Paying my yoga teacher by transferring money to the bank is a cumbersome process - I wish he just gave me a link and could set up a recurring transfer for him hassle-free.
2. I keep hearing my mom tell my brother to Paytm to transfer money to a coconut water person, if this experience was simpler then I could track all my payments in one place with simple reminders/invoices.
3. I could potentially get better deals/cheaper services if I can commit to a certain period of services upfront. (This happens in Software and I can see it happening in other industries as well)
Essentially it Boils down to
1. Saving Money
2. Saving Effort/Time to transfer/Keeping track of leftover balance and making payments.
I understand that it has to with pandemic related lock-downs, But India has better facilities for digital payments transactions than most other countries with UPI and many in informal sector use them.
The reason why that yoga teacher or the coconut water vendor is not using Google Pay or other apps like many others in their line of work do when cash transactions is not an option should be explored and that's the real problem.
Besides as a consumer if I want better deals or tender coconut delivered at my house I can do that with a groceries app like BigBasket, Instacart etc.
I launched needgap ~ 2 years ago to make validating problems easier, It has helped me and several others build solutions to real problems. I thank everyone who have participated in the growth of needgap and hope you'll continue to support the platform.
As the next step in the validation process, I'm building I will pay for that publicly to solve the problem of validating Minimum Viable Products, What better way to validate MVP than to know whether people are willing to pay for that?
needgap is better poised to validate our Minimum Viable Product than a separate product. Now you get 'I WILL PAY FOR THAT' for every comment you write and those who wish to validate your startup idea or MVP can just click on that!
I can understand what SaaS model music delivery can provide to the music producer i.e. sustainable income, Which is good.
But how does SaaS model specifically solve the problem of overuse issue for the consumers? Would each subscriber get unique music each month? If so wouldn't it be nearly impossible to scale unless you generate music algorithmically?
As for copyright issue, E.g. Does YouTube strike copyright claim when consumer 2 uses same royalty free music as consumer 1 in-spite of providing proper licensing details for the music? If so how can that issue be resolved?
I meant the underlying core problem of loss in focus, Say if we schedule a task to be completed in 45 minutes on a task management app and we lose 15 mins of it due to focus drift then that task management app is not really helping much with the core problem right? I feel we need to deal with this problem without taking into task management into consideration.
Yeah, choosing an arbitrary time to start a task sounds like it might not help with getting distracted while doing it.
Is focus drift significant enough for you to be interested in writing down how focused you were and what other things you did recently and looking for correlations that can be tested as possible causes?
Here are some specific factors that could be interesting:
1. Consistent, sufficient sleep
2. Good food
3. Prioritizing harder tasks when you're more energetic, possibly the morning
4. Having a bunch of reminders about how you previously said that the task you're working on is important
5. Recording success or failure (and time spent) in a log where it will be remembered forever
6. A list of all the other things you want to get done after this task
I wonder how closely this relates to the need gap "Getting things done at individual level"*. It seems to me that both are indicating the individuals are feeling an urge to spend time on things that they later consider to have been a suboptimal use of time.
ActivityRecommender reminds the user (via suggestions, feedback, graphs, analyses, and more) about the things that the user tends to say are valuable, essentially giving the user a stronger voice in deciding what to do next.
*I don't seem to be able to link to Needgap from within Needgap at the moment but I've reported this to the meta discussion
Allow linking to needgap comment url from this page
I attempted to enter a link to https colon slash slash needgap dot com slash comments slash 1099 in the comment below, in an attempt to provide partial reproduction instructions, but I received an error saying that there was an invalid url
Unfortunately I also can't enter the full url into this comment either for the same reason, so I've written out "colon" and "slash" and "dot".
, "Jeff , posted comment on Getting things done at individual level" ).
When I entered the comment, I saw a warning that looked like:
"Character limit reached: 1262"
So, I made some changes to the comment (removing some words) so that the message disappeared.
However, then when I tried to make this change (in this case I was editing an existing comment, and I pushed "Save"), I encountered a new page telling me that my comment was too long and needed to be < 1250 characters.
I eventually discovered that to submit this comment required removing more words (you can see the final, submitted version in the link above).
Is it possible for the "Character limit reached" warning to appear in all of the cases where the comment is too long?
That's interesting because it should be functioning just as you asked i.e. When the characters are greater than >1250, the warning appears and you have to reduce it to be below 1250 characters and when you submit the comment will not be accepted if it is > 1250 characters (For security reasons).
There could have some delay regarding the warning depending upon the typing/deletion speed which might caused the issue, I will see what I can do about this. As always, Appreciate the feedback.
You might like ActivityRecommender, which quantitatively measures and optimizes your happiness, motivation and efficiency:
1. Record what you've accomplished; reflect later
2. See what's correlated with future motivation
3. Check the graphs of time spent. Are you getting more motivated?
4. Run an efficiency experiment: agree to several tasks to do now. One is chosen randomly for you to do. In the future you'll do another one. The ratio of the time spent is an unbiased estimate of the ratio of your efficiency at these times. Compete against yourself!
5. Write down partial ideas to revisit later. Lazily sort them whenever you want, like a tournament. Turn them into ToDos when they're ready
6. See what's made you most happy/sad recently
7. Reminisce: see a randomly chosen, high-rated comment
8. Feedback! Whenever you do something, you see a positive/negative number, some (usually) encouraging words, and a button for more details
9. Receive suggestions for what's next: even request something Fun and at least as good as the game you're considering
I think that scheduling and logging are effective ways to consciously use your time in your daily life. However, it can be suffocating and tedious to do these things every day.
MeTime2 makes it easy for you to reflect on the balance of your time usage by simply entering your appointments/spent time in the calendar, and to have a sense of control over how you spend your time. You can do these things in a fun and sustainable way, not suffocating.