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Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:21:00 +0000 Certifying home network's security to WFH #certification #cybersecurity In my previous startup, the main constraint in letting the employees to work from home was their lack of operational security knowledge and poor network security of the home Internet network.<div><br></div><div>Operational security could be improved with proper training, provided an employee adheres to the best practices; but overhauling home networks for every employee for working from home is beyond most startups.</div><div><br></div><div>Of course VPN can help and is used by most organisations to strengthen the security of their network when accessed outside their office, but employees often connect directly to their home network also, thereby risking their devices and by extension their office network to a breach.</div><div><br></div><div>I see a need gap for a service which audits the security of the home network of an employee, certifies it to be fit for work depending upon the nature of sensitivity, regularly assess the state of security, updates the employer if there is any degradation of the security and perhaps even rent better home network equipments.</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/107-certifying-home-networks-security-to-wfh-certification-cybersecurity 107 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:20:00 +0000 Alert me when Netflix has the movie I want #movies #netflix Netflix, Prime and other streaming sites have Geo-blocked content i.e. some content is available only in certain countries due to content distribution rights.<div><br></div><div>Thankfully there are VPN to bypass Geo-blocking, but checking every single country's Netflix for my favourite movie is tedious and could risk VPN IP or account getting black listed.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like to have an alert service which can tell me when my favourite movie is available on the streaming platforms of my choice in any particular country.</div> 3 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/106-alert-me-when-netflix-has-the-movie-i-want-movies-netflix 106 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:02:00 +0000 Universal hyperlocal COVID-19 tracing app #coronavirus #privacy Technology had been an indisputable force multiplier in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the countries such as China, Singapore and South Korea.<div><br></div><div>Apps which provided <b>realtime anonymised movement information</b> of infected patients such as <a href="https://coronamap.site/">Corona Map</a>&nbsp;in South Korea and <b>community-driven contact tracing app</b> such as <a href="https://bluetrace.io/">BlueTrace</a>&nbsp;in Singapore proved to be hugely successful in containing the spread of COVID-19 in those respective countries.</div><div><br></div><div>But not all countries are equipped to deploy such apps on demand, so there is a need gap for a <b>universal hyperlocal COVID-19 tracing app</b>, which can be used by any country in the world with significant smartphone penetration.</div><div><br></div><div>The primary aspects of such application should be,</div><div> <ul><li>Privacy of the patient, the data should be anonymised to prevent harassment.</li> <li>Dashboard for health workers to update realtime information of the places, time where the patient had visited.</li> <li>Web application, to ensure compatibility with various devices and for fast update/deployment.</li> <li>Open-source.</li> </ul></div> 5 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/105-universal-hyperlocal-covid-19-tracing-app-coronavirus-privacy 105 Tue, 31 Mar 2020 05:44:00 +0000 Remote Daycare for Children #remote #childcare Now that almost all of us are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, single parents are facing a tough time in taking care of their children and their work at the same time.<div><br></div><div>I'm unable to focus on my work and especially conference calls when having a hyperactive young child besides me. Since, we are all trying to follow physical distancing; there is no question of allowing a baby sitter from outside.</div><div><br></div><div>I was thinking if a remote daycare i.e. someone trusted (like those who are already working in daycare centres) could monitor the child via Skype or Facetime and engage them with games, videos etc. So that the parent can do their work in peace.</div><div><br></div><div>I expect this to be a need gap faced among single parents with no help all over the world, if so I would like to hear your story and solutions.</div> 4 points posted by Angela Hemsworth /problems/104-remote-daycare-for-children-remote-childcare 104 Mon, 30 Mar 2020 09:18:00 +0000 Finding correct package efficiently in a bag #package #search I am an Amazon delivery person in India. We deliver packages here in motorcycle from a <a href="https://www.amazon.in/Newera-ATS-Pickup-Delivery-Bag/dp/B01M1M88SD">large carry/backpack bag</a>. The packages are not-arranged in any order and has to be taken out randomly at the customer location.<div><br></div><div>Each time when I visit a customer location, I have to keep the bag on ground and search for the particular package among dozen other packages. Sometimes, when lucky the required package is at the top but most of the time I have to take out all other packages one by one till I get package I need risking loosing other packages.</div><div><br></div><div>I was hoping someone can solve this problem of finding correct package from a bag of random packages, to make the life of the amazon and other delivery personnel easier.</div> 3 points posted by Suresh Kumar /problems/103-finding-correct-package-efficiently-in-a-bag-package-search 103 Mon, 23 Mar 2020 05:42:00 +0000 External storage with hardware compression #ASIC #FPGA Those who had to compress large assorted data and transfer it to external storage would have experienced large waiting times, once for compression and again for transfer.<div><br></div><div>Modern CPUs have have hardware based compression for multimedia(Video) in the form of instruction sets such as MMX, SSE, AVX; but lacks general purpose compression accelerators.<br><div><br></div><div>Hardware based compression could accelerate compression and transfer of data. Enterprise infrastructure have had hardware accelerated compression in the form of <a href="https://www.intel.in/content/www/in/en/products/docs/network-io/ethernet/10-25-40-gigabit-adapters/quickassist-adapter-for-servers.html">PCIe based adapters</a>, <a href="http://www.aha.com/data-compression/">cards</a>, <a href="https://www.marvell.com/products/infrastructure-processors/multi-core-processors/octeon-multi-core-mips64-processors/hardware.html">Network accelerators</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>Still, a USB/Thunderbolt based USB storage with ASIC(Application-specific integrated circuit)/FPGA(Field-programmable gate array) based compression accelerators could add value to both enterprise and general consumers.</div></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/102-external-storage-with-hardware-compression-asic-fpga 102 Mon, 16 Mar 2020 14:59:00 +0000 Reliable, safe locks #security #locks <b>Locks have been around for thousands of years</b>, although some improvements have been made throughout these years, amazingly the basic design remains the same and so are the vulnerabilities. One has to just look at the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm9K6rby98W8JigLoZOh6FQ">LockPickingLayer</a> channel to find the main lock of your house or safe to be picked in under 20 seconds.<div><br></div><div>Oh, there are newer <b>Biometric</b>, <b>RFID</b> based locks you may say; see them getting picked in excruciatingly simple ways <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm9K6rby98W8JigLoZOh6FQ/search?query=fingerprint">here</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm9K6rby98W8JigLoZOh6FQ/search?query=RFID">here</a> respectively.</div><div><br></div><div>I think it's about time we consumers rise up against these subpar designs profiting over our ignorance for hundreds of years and for startups to disrupt the industry.</div> 4 points posted by Bakshara /problems/101-reliable-safe-locks-security-locks 101 Sun, 15 Mar 2020 03:02:00 +0000 Lack of face masks #respirator #diseaseprevention Due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, people have hoarded all kinds of respirators and face masks including surgical masks, N95 rated masks. This is likely to sell later with jacked up prices, leading to severe shortage among hospital staff, health workers and in <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/03/an-absolute-disaster-iran-struggles-as-coronavirus-spreads">countries with severe COVID-19 disease impact</a>.<div><br></div><div>I got common cold, I thought I would wear a surgical mask to prevent the spread and avoid scare/panic in this tough times; alas I couldn't find any surgical masks locally and only at extraordinarily prohibitive prices online.</div><div><br></div><div>I wish a startup could come up with an innovative way to develop respirators/masks at a cheap rate and distribute it where required; after-all business is about opportunities right?</div> 4 points posted by Tracy Devin /problems/100-lack-of-face-masks-respirator-diseaseprevention 100 Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:59:00 +0000 Hiding the subreddit name #reddit #game When I'm browsing the reddit, I would like to play little game of not seeing the subreddit name and guessing it from the content. It would be nice if reddit provided an option to hide the subreddit name, but it doesn't nor does any 3rd party reddit apps.<div><br></div><div>A simple <a href="https://www.google.com/search?ei=rTFqXq3MMfmF4-EP0Nm6wAE&amp;q=reddit+hide+subreddit+name">search</a>&nbsp;reveals that there are others who would like to hide the name of subreddit, but for different reasons. Common suggestions for it seems to be altering the css via browser extensions, but since I would like to browse reddit via mobile it doesn't seem to be a viable option.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like to hide it for entertainment reasons and the subreddit name should be revealed when tapped on it. Perhaps if there are other takers for this, some 3rd party reddit app may implement this or a new app can be created.</div> 2 points posted by Allen Young /problems/99-hiding-the-subreddit-name-reddit-game 99 Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:18:00 +0000 Top visited, shared content in a website #analytics #web When I read a good article from a random blog or website, I would like to read other top rated content from the same website. By top rated, I mean the most visited and shared content from the same website.<div><br></div><div>Most websites don't have any widget to rank their best articles. I would like to know if there is any tool which one can use to get the top ranked content from any website and if not is there a need gap for this?</div> 2 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/98-top-visited-shared-content-in-a-website-analytics-web 98 Tue, 10 Mar 2020 16:50:00 +0000 Weather correlation with COVID-19 #datascience #coronavirus I see that several politicians, govt. officials mention that new cases of COVID-19 would come down as the global temperature rises owing to seasonal changes. Yet, daily reported cases around the world is <a href="https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus#what-we-would-want-to-know">growing exponentially</a> even as the temperature rises.<div><br></div><div>I would like to know the temperature and other weather correlation with the new confirmed cases of COVID-19, I don't think there is yet a visualisation available for that.</div> 3 points posted by Asra Banu /problems/97-weather-correlation-with-covid-19-datascience-coronavirus 97 Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:14:00 +0000 One hand keyboard #keyboard #accessibility I buy accessibility products for a family member and I'm often put off by the high cost of such products, often being much higher than that of luxury brands for such regular products.<div><br></div><div>I understand that some accessibility products may require higher development costs than regular products and so would require higher retail price; but <b>200% higher cost </b>is double whammy on the disabled and those who need accessibility products.</div><div><br></div><div>One such product is <a href="http://matias.ca/halfkeyboard/">half keyboard</a>, required by those with one active hand, even by normal people undergoing temporary wrist treatment for conditions such as&nbsp;Carpal tunnel syndrome.<br><br></div><div>There is a need gap for high quality, accessible (reasonable cost) accessibility products</div> 3 points posted by Katy Jones /problems/96-one-hand-keyboard-keyboard-accessibility 96 Sun, 08 Mar 2020 13:49:00 +0000 Fast, Inexpensive COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) test kit #coronavirus #medicaltestkit Just took tests for flu like symptoms, turned out to be a normal flu. Owing to the flu season and&nbsp;COVID-19 scare; there are large number of people undergoing these tests, <b>pushing the hospital resources to its limits</b>.<div><br></div><div>That's why COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 has become especially dangerous. The true death rate from COVID-19 might be closer or bit higher than a severe season flu, but SARS-CoV-2 is more contagious than seasonal flu, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/29/health/coronavirus-flu.html">with each person infected with it infecting 2.2 other people</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>With the risk of COVID-19 disease becoming a <a href="https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2003762">pandemic</a>, we need faster, inexpensive test kits available soon. <a href="https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/laboratory-guidance">WHO is developing protocols for COVID-19 tests</a>, current available test kits are complex, expensive and are limited to only speciality disease centers <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/testing.html">even in developed countries</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>Poor countries, wouldn't stand a chance if COVID-19 becomes a pandemic and hence we need fast, inexpensive test kits distributed globally to every primary care centers.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/95-fast-inexpensive-covid-19-sars-cov-2-test-kit-coronavirus-medicaltestkit 95 Mon, 02 Mar 2020 13:21:00 +0000 Identifying gender from a name for marketing #profiling #marketing In my job, I get to communicate with overseas customers over email; it is tough to find the gender from the foreign name which we are not used to, for using appropriate title.<div><br></div><div>I guess, this may be a problem faced by others performing similar roles and if so I would like to know how they deal with it.</div> 4 points posted by Nancy Ilias /problems/94-identifying-gender-from-a-name-for-marketing-profiling-marketing 94 Fri, 28 Feb 2020 12:45:00 +0000 Focus drift #cognitivescience #neuroscience In my earlier need gap, I posted <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/30-getting-things-done-at-individual-level-productivity-taskmanagement">Getting things done at individual level</a>&nbsp;for which I received amazing responses. But, seeing that all of them are trying to do the same thing i.e. <b>scheduling/time-managing the activities </b>yet none of them seem to solve my problem directly, I started to realise there must be some greater underlying problem.<div><br></div><div>In my case, I think that is <b>focus drift</b>. I think, focus or attention drift is the primary reason for <b>productivity loss</b> for the most. So, time-management apps wouldn't do much if the particular tasks aren't completed within scheduled period due to loss of focus.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need gap for a consumer friendly solution which can <b>notice focus drift and alert the user to gain their attention back to the task they were doing</b>.</div> 4 points posted by Shinzo Reyen /problems/93-focus-drift-cognitivescience-neuroscience 93 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 12:57:00 +0000 Weight recommendations based on bone density #health #fitnessapp I'm under treatment for improving the bone density, weight loss has been traditionally linked to <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4016235/">loss in bone density</a>, but recent studies have shown that higher weight can have <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4064448/">negative impact on bones with lower density</a>, so it has become very difficult to get problem weight recommendations based on bone density.<div><br></div><div>Bathroom scales can measure body fat using <b>Bioelectrical impedance analysis</b> (BIA), which provides <b>body fat information</b> with fair enough accuracy along with <b>body weight</b>. But, since <a href="https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/guide/dexa-scan">measuring bone density</a> requires large instruments capable of performing <b>DEXA Scan</b> (Dual X-ray Absoptiometry), common scales cannot factor in bone density.</div><div><br></div><div>But, the body weighing&nbsp;scales doesn't necessarily need to measure bone density, <b>fitness apps</b> can take in bone density values from the users as they do for height, age and other factors to recommend optimum weight based on bone density. It can come a long way to help osteoporosis, osteopenia patients.</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/92-weight-recommendations-based-on-bone-density-health-fitnessapp 92 Mon, 24 Feb 2020 02:24:00 +0000 Stabilization,Wireless audio in high end cameras #camera #missingfeatures Corridor Crew on YouTube put out a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkD6tfi9qks">video</a> recently mentioning the missing features in cinema grade high-end cameras which are found in low-end cameras and smartphone cameras.<div><br></div><div>To summarize,</div><div><br></div><div> <ul><li>Built-in Stabilization.</li> <li>Reliable Autofocus.</li> <li>Wireless Audio.</li> <li>Wireless Display.</li> <li>3D Camera Tracking.</li> </ul></div> 2 points posted by needgap finder /problems/91-stabilizationwireless-audio-in-high-end-cameras-camera-missingfeatures 91 Sat, 22 Feb 2020 18:01:00 +0000 Online food delivery from luxurious restaurants #food #onlinedelivery I have some favourite luxurious restaurants in different cities I visit, sometimes I don't find time to visit them when I'm in the city and would like to order them online, but none of the luxurious restaurants deliver online. Few apps allow table booking at luxurious restaurants though.<br><br>I guess, it has to do with cost and brand name.<div><br></div><div>I would like to find out, if there are people like me who don't care much about the ambience of these restaurants but the quality of dishes being served there and so would like it to be home delivered.</div> 3 points posted by Sonia George /problems/90-online-food-delivery-from-luxurious-restaurants-food-onlinedelivery 90 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:57:00 +0000 Remote controlled lawnmower using a smartphone. Lawn mowing can be hot, sweaty backbreaking labor. I'd like to create a high end top down approach to controlling a powerful electric lawnmower that can allow a homeowner or commercial service company to save time and money and add a little fun back into chores that everyone has to do. Suggestions? Feedback? 2 points posted by Dan /problems/89-remote-controlled-lawnmower-using-a-smartphone. 89 Tue, 18 Feb 2020 19:19:00 +0000 Searching YouTube videos with transcript #youtube #transcript When I have to search something within a YouTube video, I 'Open transcript' from the menu and search with 'Control + F' for the term I'm looking for and then click the same if found in the transcript for skipping to that part in the video.<div><br></div><div>I searched for an add-on which can do that automatically and found this - <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/keyword-search-in-youtube/dpadfnjbfalopginhcmmmccpfdaofjco?hl=en">https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/keyword-search-in-youtube/dpadfnjbfalopginhcmmmccpfdaofjco?hl=en</a>; but it doesn't seem to work anymore.</div><div><br></div><div>After reading from the comments, it seems that there could be a need gap for such a tool.</div> 3 points posted by Gibbs /problems/88-searching-youtube-videos-with-transcript-youtube-transcript 88 Tue, 18 Feb 2020 13:36:00 +0000 Betting for a cause #gambling #fundraising Me and my friend often go on with silly bets on anything from sports to politics, the bet amount is small, often less than $10, enough to buy the winner a treat.<br><br>Recently, we made a bet on which political candidate would win a debate and the winner had to <a href="https://donate.wikimedia.org">donate the money to Wikipedia</a>; it really felt great for both of us in-spite of one loosing the bet. It felt great, because the money went to a good cause and not just a burger.<br><br>In-fact, even the opposite can be true, According to social science research betting on causes which we don't want to support can be helpful to inhibit us from bad behaviour. <a href="https://www.npr.org/transcripts/484214571">Max Nesterak of NPR bet his money on quitting smoking</a>, if he loses he had to donate the money to an organisation he hates.<br><br>So, I searched for platforms which can enable such social betting after all, social networks are filled with "I bet..., You bet.." comments. I couldn't find any, how about a platform which enables such social gambling?<div><br></div><div>Say, when someone says "I bet...", pop them with this platform's link for them to bet their money on a social cause.</div> 4 points posted by Trevor Richmond /problems/87-betting-for-a-cause-gambling-fundraising 87 Fri, 14 Feb 2020 13:16:00 +0000 On-demand data science without coding #datascience #nocode Often I'm in a position where I would like to get quick insights on a web data or pdf but not equipped to run a proper data science setup or isn't economical to task it to a data scientist.<div><br></div><div>A web scrapper with builtin insight generator would solve this problem.</div><div><br></div><div>Say, I spin up the scrapper in the web page, select necessary data to be scrapped, mark relationships between them and at the end of the scrapping I get neat visualisations for the insights regarding the data. It can be more useful, if input is not limited to the web pages but also pdf, spreadsheet, csv etc.</div><div><br></div><div>I think there is a need gap to bridge modern data science advancements to non-coders who deal with large data.</div> 3 points posted by Bakshara /problems/86-on-demand-data-science-without-coding-datascience-nocode 86 Wed, 12 Feb 2020 13:08:00 +0000 Invoice fraud #money #frauddetection Recently, a manager in the company I work for got caught for siphoning off money via fake invoices to the company. I came to know via my friends that this is a common occurrence and has occurred in some of their companies as well.<div><br></div><div>There are different types of invoice fraud, <a href="https://www2.deloitte.com/nz/en/pages/forensic-focus/articles/employee-fraud-false-invoicing.html">employee perpetrated</a> fraud seems to be one of the common ways. Some has even gone to the lengths of <a href="https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/01/04/tech_manager_theft/">setting up fake business to bill out $6 Million from their employer</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>In other forms of invoice fraud, criminals convince account payable of businesses to payout a false invoice; even behemoths like <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/28/how-to-avoid-invoice-theft-scam-that-cost-google-facebook-123m.html">Google and Facebook have fallen victim to this</a>. Invoice fraud is said to cost small businesses Billions every year.</div><div><br></div><div>I think there is a need gap in detecting false invoices and streamlining the process of invoice payments altogether.</div> 4 points posted by Doku /problems/85-invoice-fraud-money-frauddetection 85 Mon, 10 Feb 2020 12:03:00 +0000 Simple CLI for cloud deployments. #cloud #DevOps <span id="docs-internal-guid-d22848a4-7fff-4209-ed3d-f2da8e9e7b89"><p dir="ltr">I am a DevOps cloud engineer working with a team of designers, frontend and data engineers.&nbsp; I am seeing that the cloud stuff goes over their heads, and they hate the deployment process.&nbsp; For example; spinning up a group of databases to test an ETL job, deploying a site, or putting some script on a schedule.&nbsp; Even stuff like TerraForm is hard for them. They use AWS Lambdas for simple setups, but when the code base gets large and complex they come running to my team to help them deploy, or create new layers for their Lambdas.&nbsp; Oh, and no-one I know seems to use Heroku anymore. A few frontend guys use zeit.co, but they still need to create the database elsewhere.</p><p dir="ltr">Lately, I am spending time creating and maintaining scripts at work to help developers and designers deploy common stuff quickly.</p><p dir="ltr">I feel there is a needgap for a simple CLI tool that can ease the pain of cloud provisioning.&nbsp; Something that abstracts scaling, security, DNS, etc, and gets resources talking to each other.</p><div><br></div> 3 points posted by corpulent /problems/84-simple-cli-for-cloud-deployments.-cloud-devops 84 Wed, 05 Feb 2020 09:19:00 +0000 Finding generic equivalents for branded drugs #medicine #drugs Generic medicines are literally the saviour of lives for those who cannot afford the branded medications. I often find it difficult to locate the generic equivalent for branded drugs mentioned in the prescription.<div><br></div><div>Sites like <a href="https://www.express-scripts.com/medco/consumer/ehealth/druginfo/dlmain.jsp?WC=N">express-scripts</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.netcareclinic.com/ncc/splash.asp">netcareclinic</a>&nbsp;have information on generic drugs, but they are not as straightforward as a consumer would wish to be. There are number of <a href="https://www.labnol.org/india/compare-medicine-prices/27587/">websites from India</a>, which is not surprising as it is a world leader in generic medicine; but the sites don't last long and not all medications listed there are available outside India.<br></div><div><br></div><div>I would wish for an app, which lets me scan the prescription and get generic drug equivalents with all necessary information immediately.</div> 6 points posted by Katy Jones /problems/83-finding-generic-equivalents-for-branded-drugs-medicine-drugs 83 Mon, 03 Feb 2020 12:54:00 +0000 On-screen QR code/barcode scanner #qrcode #barcode QR code and barcode were originally invented to share data from physical material to digital medium. It worked great for getting information onto smartphones with the advent of good cameras. But, now QR codes are everywhere on the web and to access it we need another device to scan or take screenshot to scan with a QR code scanner app.<div><br></div><div>I would like a QR code scanner app which automatically scans the QR code on the screen (from web, social media, images etc.) and provides the data in return without having to manually take screenshot each time. The currently available apps which claim to do it don't work and are of very low quality.</div> 3 points posted by Tracy Devin /problems/82-barcode-scanner-qrcode-barcode 82 Thu, 30 Jan 2020 12:40:00 +0000 Receiving SMS/calls to a phone in another place #smartphone #SMS In my country OTP (One Time Password) for important transactions such as banking or any other identification is sent to the phone via SMS. This becomes cumbersome when I travel outside the country and need to conduct some banking transactions. I have to call someone at my place to relay the OTP over a phone call or chat message; the phone which receives the SMS is likely drained of power, taking considerable time to switch ON and so leading to missing the OTP in time.<div><br></div><div>One may ask, why not take the local SIM with me during travel? Well, the SMSs are not always received during roaming in other countries and when they do, they are with prohibitive roaming charges.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like a solution for this, preferably a system which allows me to keep a phone in my home country; receive phone calls and SMS to it via Internet in another country without much delay.</div> 3 points posted by Shekar Gupta /problems/81-calls-to-a-phone-in-another-place-smartphone-sms 81 Tue, 28 Jan 2020 13:14:00 +0000 Monetizing open-source projects #monetisation #opensource Open-source software and hardware form the <b>backbone of several early stage startup's infrastructure</b>. Open-source projects which are not backed by large corporations are often run by the creators in their individual capacity and with the support of voluntary contributors in their free time.<div> </div><div><div>These projects become successful because they create value for the consumers, but it rarely creates monetary value for its creators. If the creators, volunteers get remunerated for their time; they would be able to put more time into their projects, improving its quality and make faster releases.</div></div><div><br></div><div>On occasions, consumers do donate to these creators for their effort. But, the mechanism for donations are not straight forward, middle-men gains and the notion of <b>donation seems altruistic</b> where as it is not in this case (as the open-source project directly creates value to the consumer, often saving lot of money).<br><br></div><div>So, we need better monetization mechanisms for open-source projects, where the <b>creators and contributors can outsource the business development</b> of their project to someone else for getting compensated and focus on what they do best.</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/80-monetizing-open-source-projects-monetisation-opensource 80 Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:16:00 +0000 Stock images, videos with exclusive rights #stockimages #marketing Stock images are being used by those who cannot afford or convene a professional photoshoot for marketing or other creative purposes. But, stock images/videos get used for the same purpose by many and thereby looses its value becoming counterintuitive.<div><br></div><div>Even, paid stock images/videos face this problem.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like to buy stock images, videos from a wide selection at affordable rates for my marketing which is owned just by me and is not available for anyone else to use i.e. exclusive rights only to the buyer.<br></div> 2 points posted by Cristen George /problems/79-stock-images-videos-with-exclusive-rights-stockimages-marketing 79 Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:16:00 +0000 Control+F for life #search #life We spend so much time on searching for stuff in our real-life that, we have got used to the criminal waste of time it is.<div><br></div><div>It is 2020, there must be a better way to search for things in real-life right? Or at-least help to place things better, so that we can find them easily when needed.</div><div><br></div><div>I'm sure this a problem faced by everyone, I challenge the brilliant minds to come up with a solution for this.</div> 4 points posted by Jacqueline Holt /problems/78-control-f-for-life-search-life 78 Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:02:00 +0000 Saving offer notifications on smartphone #notification #offer I get offers via push notifications regularly, but when I need them I'm unable to find those as I might have dismissed those notifications.<div><br></div><div>e.g. Say, I receive Uber offer code via notification on some random day, if I fail to click that notification and apply the code immediately; I'll loose that notification as I dismiss dozens of other notifications or if I receive another notification from Uber. At-least, Uber has provision to apply offer codes as soon as we receive the notification and use it on a later date; but many apps require the offer code to be used only at the time of purchase(which can vary from the date of notification).</div><div><br></div><div>If there was an app to store notifications, or better just the offer notifications then this problem can be resolved.</div> 3 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/77-saving-offer-notifications-on-smartphone-notification-offer 77 Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:50:00 +0000 New Efficiency software is launched <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545; min-height: 14.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #e4af0a} </style> <p class="p1">Greetings everyone, my name is Artem, and I am a Product Owner at DueFocus.</p> <p class="p1">Is a comprehensive time-task tracking software powered by machine learning that fully analyzes your workflow and how you are focused on work in real-time. The app helps to control distractions, delve into deep work, and provides personal metrics of efficiency and productivity based on data.</p> <p class="p2">Now we would like to share it with you. <br></p><p class="p1">Take a look - and let me know your thoughts. <br></p> <p class="p3"><a href="https://duefocus.com/">https://duefocus.com/</a></p> <p class="p1">Thanks a lot for your attention. <br></p> 0 points posted by Duefocus /problems/76-new-efficiency-software-is-launched 76 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:33:00 +0000 Finding local delicacies internationally #food #tourism I travel internationally a lot and when ever I visit a new city in a country I struggle to find small restaurants or a road-side vendors which/who offer local delicacies at good quality. I prefer small restaurants or small vendor for local delicacies as they are the ones which are not available in larger restaurants in which ever city you are i.e. they are the ones which are really hard to get outside that place; but hard to find via Google because they are not mapped.<div><br></div><div>There are services like <a href="https://www.eatwith.com/">eatwith</a>&nbsp;which started out as food-sharing service i.e. get the food cooked by a local, but once they get bigger they tie up with bigger restaurants/chefs like most other services. Food sharing is a no go for introverts like me as well, I prefer places where I can eat food at peace and not have lot of conversations to do it.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like a service which provides crowd sources data for small restaurants and road-side vendors providing local delicacies; say where to find the best <b>Khao Soi in Chiang Mai</b> or <b>Pani Puri in Mumbai</b>.</div> 3 points posted by Jörg Rüger /problems/75-finding-local-delicacies-internationally-food-tourism 75 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:41:00 +0000 Cleaning leaf debris from roadside trees #environment #cleaning My local body is a joke, so we have to clean the leaf debris from the road every day ourself in our street. This has become a huge chore, wasting our time and energy. This has lead to many residents despising road side trees in-spite of we being in the dire need of more trees for the sake of the environment. We have a law against cutting down public trees.<div><br></div><div>I would like to hear some solutions to grow more trees in the public areas but without the nuisance of having to clean its debris every day.</div> 2 points posted by Saranya /problems/74-cleaning-leaf-debris-from-roadside-trees-environment-cleaning 74 Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:33:00 +0000 USB Type-C CONDOM #USB #cybersecurity <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juice_jacking">Juice jacking</a>&nbsp;is a type of cyber attack where data is stolen from the electronic devices via USB port when they are plugged in for charging. This has become so common that,&nbsp;Los Angeles' District Attorney's Office published an advisory to <a href="http://da.lacounty.gov/about/inside-LADA/juice-jacking-criminals-use-public-usb-chargers-steal-data-ff">travelers</a> about the potential dangers of public USB ports.<div><br></div><div>This works because data lines on the USB ports are not disabled during charging at the hardware level and often require the users to put their smartphones or other devices to <b>charge only mode</b>. Fortunately there are devices like <a href="https://www.usbcondom.org/">USB CONDOM</a>&nbsp;which disables the data lines during charging and <b>prevents any form of data transfer</b> thereby preventing juice jacking.</div><div><br></div><div>But since <b>Type-C USB</b> devices use the data lines to negotiate voltage with the source; USB CONDOM would limit its function and thereby making the devices charge slower. This is counter intuitive as, we would want the devices to charge faster at a public charging point and there is a need gap.</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/73-usb-type-c-condom-usb-cybersecurity 73 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:52:00 +0000 Finding which college course help reach ambition #college #education There are plenty of resources for finding universities, colleges and their ranking; but I'm yet to come across one which can simply tell me <b>which course should I take based on my current skills, financial capacity and at which university to reach my ambition</b>.<div><br></div><div>Say, if my ambition is to be an astronaut, may be I need not waste 4 years on Engineering; perhaps I can take 2 years course on Physics, Math, take up the pilot training program and apply to NASA (or) May be new space ventures such as SpaceX, Blue Origin would have Astronaut training program themselves and I should focus my education according to it. </div><div><br></div><div>A education/career advising web service or app should be able to give me this advise after getting the necessary inputs from me such as education, skills, grades, financial situation etc. based on up-to date information on the field of education, career, global economy, emerging technologies etc.</div> 3 points posted by Tina Ray /problems/72-finding-which-college-course-help-reach-ambition-college-education 72 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 17:03:00 +0000 Protecting one's time #lifestyle #timemanagement Netflix's biggest competitor? <a href="https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/netflixs-ux-design-is-keeping-us-up-at-night/">Sleep</a>. Sleep, eating, physical activities, communicating in-person etc.; anything related to healthy lifestyle of an individual has become a competitor to companies dependent upon the <b>screen-time</b>.<div><br></div><div>Several of the top apps have claimed to have more than an hour of screen-time on average among its consumers, so someone who consumes several such products are forced to make more time for it. Time being constant(at absolute level) for all, only way for an individual to make more time for these new lifestyle habits is to remove time from existing healthy habits.</div><div><br></div><div>It's not that <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/59-notification-pollution-mobile-productivity">reducing</a> or <a href="https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614934/teenagers-without-cell-phones/">removing smartphone</a> altogether can solve this, the issue is not just psychological addiction but also <b>economical and political</b>. Companies are allowed to grow larger than the governments and their <b><i>only limitation is an individual's time</i></b>. Is there a need gap to protect one's time?</div> 4 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/71-protecting-ones-time-lifestyle-timemanagement 71 Wed, 08 Jan 2020 13:30:00 +0000 Identifying myself from random Internet videos #video #Internet I was checking out a random Youtube video the other day and for a pleasant surprise I was there in it. It was tourist video and I was standing outside a shop when I was captured in the video. I thought it would be nice for other strangers in the video to identify themselves in the video as well.<div><br></div><div>Then I thought, wouldn't it be cool if anyone can identify themselves in the random Internet video when they want to. I searched for such solution but couldn't find any.</div><div><br></div><div>Since, it's common nowadays for anyone to shoot a video and upload it to the Internet; I think it would be great if there is a tool for identifying ourself in those videos.</div> 4 points posted by Angel Ruloph /problems/70-identifying-myself-from-random-internet-videos-video-internet 70 Tue, 07 Jan 2020 13:24:00 +0000 App for collaborative fiction #crowdsourced #wirting When I was in school we used to <b>collaboratively write stories by each individual</b> in the class continuing upon the story on a paper. It was lot of fun and I think it made us better at writing and reading.<div><br></div><div>Lately I've been searching for an app which does <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collaborative_fiction">collaborative fiction</a>&nbsp;i.e. where one person kicks of a story by writing few sentences, the next person continues it and so on. The best I could find was <a href="https://www.wattpad.com/">wattpad</a>, but that is more of a crowd validated writing where the author regularly connects with their readers.</div><div><br></div><div>But, what <b>I want is a crowd written story for fun say like wikipedia for fiction</b>. If anyone knows such an app let me know or please build one!</div> 4 points posted by Shweta Gogoi /problems/69-app-for-collaborative-fiction-crowdsourced-wirting 69 Mon, 06 Jan 2020 13:30:00 +0000 Finding paying customers for a product #marketing #sales Web software consumer market has been <b>behaviourally optimised to seek 'FREE' products.</b> People happily use low quality free products, which steal their data, control their free speech and elect governments for them; but stay away from high quality, reasonably priced products which offer better values for their price.<br><br>If this continues, only monopolies which can spend Billions in advertising their free products can continue their business and small businesses which aims to provide better value cannot even reach their customers.<br><br><div>There is a <b>need for a new marketing phenomenon which can help such reasonably priced products reach their intended customers</b> i.e. those who are willing to pay for better value and create a behavioural change towards buying high quality, sustainable products.</div> 4 points posted by Nancy Ilias /problems/67-finding-paying-customers-for-a-product-marketing-sales 67 Mon, 06 Jan 2020 12:52:00 +0000 Automatic video to podcast conversion #podcast #video I like to listen to podcasts more than I like to watch videos on Youtube. Some videos such as Interviews, News can be converted to podcasts as usually there is not much value in the video of such content; but the conversion needs to be done manually by extracting audio from the video.<div><br></div><div>I would like to have a podcast app which can also take in video links (such as Youtube, Vimeo etc.) and convert them to audio (i.e. podcasts) automatically.</div> 4 points posted by Gibbs /problems/66-automatic-video-to-podcast-conversion-podcast-video 66 Fri, 03 Jan 2020 13:10:00 +0000 Make TV dumb again #privacy #cybersecurity <div>The Operating Systems, Applications used by major <b>Smart TV</b> manufactures are found to be <a href="https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/about-90-percent-of-smart-tvs-vulnerable-to-remote-hacking-via-rogue-tv-signals/"><b>highly vulnerable to hacking</b></a>. Also, updates for earlier Smart TV's isn't straightforward as many need to be flashed via SD card and which not many are going to do even if the manufacturer had updated their firmware to fix some vulnerabilities.</div><div><br></div><div>Smart TV manufacturer's themselves exploit the available capabilities to flash <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/assholedesign/comments/co5aw4/unremovable_ads_on_my_2500_samsung_smart_tv/"><b>unremovable Ads</b></a> and may even <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21899491"><b>upload screenshots</b></a> from your TV for automatic content recognition.</div><div><br></div><div>So, if Smart TV's are dangerous, annoying, why buy them right? Well, that's the problem I'm stating here - There <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21904109"><b>aren't many options</b></a> to get a dumb TV with latest display technology i.e. 4K/8K HDR if we want to supply our own apps via SBCs/Apple TV etc.</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/64-make-tv-dumb-again-privacy-cybersecurity 64 Mon, 30 Dec 2019 13:03:00 +0000 Inexpensive IoT fire safety system #IoT #firesafety Recently in Delhi, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Delhi_factory_fire">fire broke out in a factory</a>&nbsp;resulting in the death of at-least 43 people and more than 50 were injured. Since this happened during early morning, most of the occupants(labourers) were sleeping and so couldn't notice the fire in time; besides the factory building itself was illegal &amp; didn't have proper fire safety.<div><br></div><div>If there was a fire alarm, lives could have been saved and if that alarm was capable of sending alerts outside (SMS/Internet) then at-least outside help could have been received in time.</div><div><br></div><div>To be frank, I didn't have any fire alarm at my house. Frightened by this incident I searched for one on the market and the ones with decent ratings where overwhelmingly <a href="https://www.amazon.in/D3D-Touchscreen-Wireless-Security-Complete/dp/B01A73HIV8/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1T720A8HY4ODT">expensive</a>. I'm of middle income category, if these are expensive to me, no wonder many here aren't even aware of fire safety systems let alone someone spending money on it for a building housing poor labourers.<br><br></div><div>Why are these expensive when a smartphones in the country are half the price?</div> 3 points posted by Girish /problems/63-inexpensive-iot-fire-safety-system-iot-firesafety 63 Fri, 27 Dec 2019 13:12:00 +0000 How candidates are selected for interviews #interview #recruitment In current leading job sites, <b>first communication between employee and employer is monotonous;</b> If I see an opening I apply with my <b>stored CV </b>and wait for the return communication from the potential employer.<div><br></div><div>The reason for an employer not selecting the candidate for an interview could be several, but since there is <b>no feedback mechanism</b> at this level the candidate would never know and there is no room for improvement.<br><br>As for the employer, they have to <b>rely upon historical data on CV</b> to make a judgement on whether the candidate is fit for their job interview; they end up loosing lot of <b>time, money in eliminating unfit candidates during interviews</b> and perhaps they might have lost a suitable employee since they did not offer them the interview.</div><div><br></div><div>I think there is a need gap for improving how the candidates are selected for the interviews with <b>very specific job description, transparent recruitment criteria, better ways for a candidate to showcase that they have necessary skills to execute the role, transparent process and feedback</b>.</div> 3 points posted by Zimochrome /problems/62-how-candidates-are-selected-for-interviews-interview-recruitment 62 Thu, 26 Dec 2019 13:33:00 +0000 Sanity checker #mentalhealth #psychology I would like to have a mechanism by which users can check their mental health regularly themselves through a series of standardised tests. This would be very useful for someone with&nbsp;hereditary mental illness and would like to keep a tap on their mental health.<br><br><div>There are numerous occasions by which someone may be at the risk of mental illness apart from hereditary reasons e.g. environment, age, side-effect from infections of implants, accidents, medication etc.</div><div><br></div><div>An easily accessible system with which a user can track the progress of their mental health would bring more awareness towards mental health and its treatment. A fitbit for mental health?</div> 5 points posted by consiousbeing /problems/61-sanity-checker-mentalhealth-psychology 61 Mon, 23 Dec 2019 14:51:00 +0000 Country rankings for immigration #immigration #rankings I'm looking for regularly updated country's ranking based on various factors such as democracy, freedom of speech, weather, infrastructure, economy, healthcare, crime rate, justice, progressiveness, science&amp;technology, climate action plan, immigration policies etc. for immigration.<div><br></div><div>I could find different websites with data for above categories with different levels of updating, intuitiveness but I think there is a need gap for a single website which ranks countries with updated empirical data with easily accessible interface with focus on immigration.</div> 3 points posted by globalcitizen /problems/60-country-rankings-for-immigration-immigration-rankings 60 Mon, 23 Dec 2019 14:39:00 +0000 Notification pollution #mobile #productivity An average US smartphone user <a href="https://www.businessofapps.com/marketplace/push-notifications/research/push-notifications-statistics/">supposedly</a> receives 46 app push notifications per day. It's highly likely that most of them are distributed during working hours, so if distributed equally an average user is <b>interrupted</b> ~ 3 times/hour during 16 hours when they are awake. This figure is likely higher in some Asian countries, where some apps play integral part in the lifestyle.<div><br></div><div>Science is clear on the effect of notifications on productivity - <a href="https://qz.com/1046312/scientists-made-people-turned-off-their-notifications-for-a-day-and-saw-an-effect-years-later/">it's bad</a>. Both android and iOS has features to disable notifications for the entire app or by categories, but when it comes to categories the onus is on the app developer to maintain the etiquette.</div><div><br></div><div>I think there is a need gap to impose etiquette on the users as well, considering majority of the notifications are from messaging apps and social networks. Making the user select the category of notification e.g. 'delayed' for a meme &amp; 'immediate' for urgent, emergency communication can help this.</div> 4 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/59-notification-pollution-mobile-productivity 59 Sun, 15 Dec 2019 13:46:00 +0000 Hard for small companies to rank on search #search #seo It is difficult for small or new companies and independent content creators to rank on search even though their content may be truly good. It means small business lose a lot of potential revenue and exposure every year simply because they can't compete with a company that has the budget to have better SEO strategy. Existing search engines prioritize long time players because of the trust of their content, not necessarily quality content compared to a newcomer.<br> 4 points posted by Grimm1 /problems/58-hard-for-small-companies-to-rank-on-search-search-seo 58 Sat, 14 Dec 2019 23:22:00 +0000 I forget my web bookmarks quite often. #internet #organizing Like the title says- I forget to check out my bookmarks. I often stumble across some really cool articles/blog posts which I often bookmark. But the next day, I totally forget about them. The bookmarking feature on most browsers isn't that user-friendly and I have over 500 bookmarks waiting to be re-opened again. Maybe some cool startup idea I found in a blog post or maybe some really cool product which I want to read more about later. It's almost like I need a reminder to reopen my bookmarks, but this feature isn't there on Chrome or Firefox. Just because of this, I have lost out on lots of cool information. 3 points posted by Sayan /problems/57-i-forget-my-web-bookmarks-quite-often.-internet-organizing 57 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:30:00 +0000 On premise video indexing with visual data #analytics #video Current video indexing are mostly done by converting 'speech-to-text' and then indexing it. This is mostly done to save on compute resources and that algorithms to index video with visual data are not as stable as that of text.<div><br></div><div>e.g. Searching for a video for <b>an old man with red shoes</b> wouldn't yield results unless there was an audio in the video describing it when using speech-to-text indexing.</div><div><br></div><div>It is said that even Youtube hasn't indexed all its video by visual data due to sheer number of videos. There APIs available like that from <a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/services/media-services/video-indexer/">Microsoft</a> which claim to enable video indexing with visual meta data, but they are not a on-premise solution and so using those might rake up bills if the number of videos are large.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need gap for on-premise video indexing technology.</div> 2 points posted by datascience enthusiast /problems/56-on-premise-video-indexing-with-visual-data-analytics-video 56 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:08:00 +0000