needgap, create startup ideas by solving problems http://needgap.com Submit problems for startups to solve for building startup ideas and creating products which people want. Wed, 02 Dec 2020 19:47:00 +0000 A/B test social media posts without posting #socialmedia #testing Everyone prefers to get more likes and shares for their social media posts but none more so than social media managers as we are paid to ensure that. But as the algorithms, people's preferences keep changing it's hard even for experienced social media managers to come up with best social media copy.<div><br></div><div>There are tools which provides analytics to do<a href="https://blog.hootsuite.com/social-media-ab-testing/"> A/B testing on social media</a>&nbsp;but all of them require the post/tweet to be published and are time consuming.</div><div><br></div><div>If there is a tool/service which allows A/B testing of social media posts without publishing by using historical and current data then it can make lives of social media managers easy.</div> 1 points posted by Ezekiel /problems/174-b-test-social-media-posts-without-posting-socialmedia-testing 174 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:55:00 +0000 Inexpensive secure home network routers #computernetwork #Internet Inexpensive home routers available on <a href="https://cybernews.com/security/walmart-exclusive-routers-others-made-in-china-contain-backdoors-to-control-devices/">Amazon, Walmart, eBay</a> are riddled with security vulnerabilities which allows a remote attacker to take control over the device and get inside our home network.<div><br></div><div>People buy these routers because they are inexpensive and very easy to setup but has to pay much more once hacked. Secure home routers from reputed brands which receive regular updates are expensive or DIY home routers are hard to setup for an average person.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need gap for inexpensive secure home network routers which are easy to setup.</div> 1 points posted by Trevor Richmond /problems/172-inexpensive-secure-home-network-routers-computernetwork-internet 172 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 06:18:00 +0000 Cold chain systems to distribute COVID vaccine #logistics #supplychain <a href="https://bing.com/covid?vert=vaccineTracker">As the vaccine for COVID-19 is on the horizon</a>, world over nations are scrambling to upgrade their cold chain - logistics and supply chain to deliver the vaccine to their citizens when made available.<br><br>Vaccines generally require <b>very cold temperatures</b>&nbsp;for storage during distribution. Although several countries already have national vaccination program with cold chain infrastructure, COVID-19 vaccines announced so far have very stringent <b>cold storage requirement of -20˚C to -80˚C </b>making it difficult for distribution even for those countries.<br><br>Furthermore, these vaccines consists of multiple doses, so theoretically we are looking at <b>last mile delivery of about at-least 15 Billion vaccines</b> doses for a two dose COVID-19 vaccine.<br><br>This raises large need gap in several sectors where startups can participate directly or indirectly namely,<div> <ul><li>Vaccine Manufacturing (Optimization).</li> <li>Fridge, Freezers (Storage).</li> <li>Insulation materials (Temperature control).</li> <li>Transportation (Air/Land).</li> <li>Reliable temperature monitoring (IoT).</li> <li>Inventory management, Distribution management (Cloud software, Database systems)</li> <li>Post-Vaccine large scale health symptoms monitoring(Cloud software, IoT, Mobile apps, Encryption).</li> <li>Strengthening telecommunication systems to handle the network pressure (Computer Networking, Cyber Security).</li> </ul></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/171-cold-chain-systems-to-distribute-covid-vaccine-logistics-supplychain 171 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:06:00 +0000 Self reporting symptoms of long COVID #health #COVID While second/third wave of COVID-19 has started to take its toll globally, <a href="https://www.economist.com/podcasts/2020/11/11/in-it-for-the-long-haulers-investigating-long-covid">horrors of long term symptoms from original COVID-19 survivors are coming to light</a>.<div><br></div><div>Symptoms ranging from breathlessness, fatigue to damage in brain tissue from MRI scans have been reported by several COVID survivors including those who were asymptomatic initially and those who survived COVID without any hassle.</div><div><br></div><div>Since long term effects of COVID are just starting to being explored by researchers, medical practitioners are under-equipped with data to help their patients reporting symptoms of their long COVID. Self help online forums are reportedly playing a huge role for these COVID survivors to discuss about their persisting symptoms.<br><br>A dedicated platform to self report long-term COVID symptoms with provisions to intuitively collect scientific data would be invaluable to researchers and scientists around the world.</div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/170-self-reporting-symptoms-of-long-covid-health-covid 170 Mon, 16 Nov 2020 04:20:00 +0000 Teach me vocabulary without spending extra time #language #education I'm trying to improve my vocabulary to sound sophisticated when I speak and write emails. There are several tools which helps me to learn a new word every day, but since it's out of context I usually forget most of them.<div><br></div><div>I was wondering that it would be nice if I can learn better vocabulary while doing routine tasks like browsing the web, but most of the web articles use dumbed-down vocabulary for the benefit of general audience and so I'm not learning any new words.</div><div><br></div><div>Have any of you faced this situation? How can this be solved?</div> 3 points posted by Jonas /problems/169-teach-me-vocabulary-without-spending-extra-time-language-education 169 Fri, 13 Nov 2020 17:37:00 +0000 Tell me when I'm out of Twitter Jail #twitter #marketing I'm a social media manager and marketer so tweeting on behalf of my clients is part of my daily routine. But there's a problem especially for new accounts, <b>if a new twitter account like/retweet/reply to a famous account then it's an immediate recipe for a shadow ban </b>or Twitter Jail&nbsp;even if the purpose was completely innocuous. <div><br></div><div>Often, even tweeting the product/company url twice in a day can get one into trouble as Twitter's algorithms are very stringent towards new accounts without enough followers. This leads to the disappointment of my clients, who come to me when they release a product or launch their company and obviously the account I create for them would be new and likelihood of going to Twitter jail is very high.</div><div><br></div><div>Fortunately, Twitter releases you from the jail if the infraction isn't severe but there's no way to know when that will happen. It has taken couple of hours, couple of weeks or even never in my experience. There are services like <a href="https://shadowban.eu/">shadowban.eu</a>&nbsp;which provide details about your Twitter Jail sentence but currently there's no way to know when you are out of the jail unless you manually check regularly.</div> 3 points posted by Ezekiel /problems/168-tell-me-when-im-out-of-twitter-jail-twitter-marketing 168 Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:37:00 +0000 Find made in India products on ecommerce sites #India #ecommerce I would like to support Indian manufacturers and small industries in India. So, I deliberately buy India manufactured products on ecommerce sites like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm Mall etc.<div><br></div><div>But finding India manufactured products on ecommerce sites in India is not a straightforward affair, I need to dig around the manufacturer to find the country of origin. Luckily, the <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-china-ecommerce-idUSKBN2491UO">government ordered these ecommerce sites to display the 'Country of Origin' for all items</a>. Which they are slowly complying to, but now I have to search for Country of Origin : India in the product description of every item I'm interested in manually as these ecommerce sites do not display it at a prominent location.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like to find an easier way to find products with <b>Country of Origin : India</b>&nbsp;on these ecommerce sites and I have seen several others expressing similar views.</div> 1 points posted by Rahman /problems/166-find-made-in-india-products-on-ecommerce-sites-india-ecommerce 166 Sun, 25 Oct 2020 18:54:00 +0000 Open collection of learning resources by topics #learning #education I often want to learn about some topic, from very broad (like "C# programming") to very specific (like "Source Generators in C#"). There are lots of resources about any topic (blog posts, articles, videos, courses, books, etc.) and some are good, some bad. On Google, you get results sorted by some algorithm and they may not necessary be the best for learning or suitable for your level of knowledge (e.g., beginner/advanced). Search results are just not very well curated.<div><br></div><div>I imagine there should be a site where anyone could register links to such learning resources, organize them by topics and rate them, so the best resources for the topic are selected by the community.<br><div><br></div><div>I know that for programming topics, there are pages on GitHub like <a href="https://github.com/quozd/awesome-dotnet">Awesome .NET</a>&nbsp;or <a href="https://github.com/Solido/awesome-flutter">Awesome Flutter</a>&nbsp;where people create curated lists of resources about some programming language. However, I believe this should be more unified and accessible also to other areas than programming. It should be similarly open for contributions like GitHub Pull Requests but not so complex.</div></div> 1 points posted by janjones /problems/165-open-collection-of-learning-resources-by-topics-learning-education 165 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:39:00 +0000 Share YouTube subscribed channel list #youtube #sharing Recently I got bored of the content from my subscribed channels on the YouTube and I asked my friends to share their subscription list only to find out that there's no such option to share YouTube subscription list.<div><br></div><div>It seems earlier there used to be an <a href="https://vidooly.com/blog/how-to-transfer-youtube-subscriptions/">export option and third party service which allowed importing subscription</a> list into another Google account, but not anymore.</div><div><br></div><div>There are <a href="https://support.google.com/youtube/search?q=export+subscribed+channel+list">others asking for the same in the YouTube community forum</a> without any solutions. I think a tool which allows easy sharing and exporting of YouTube subscription list could be appreciated by these people and me!</div> 4 points posted by Devin /problems/164-share-youtube-subscribed-channel-list-youtube-sharing 164 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 12:47:00 +0000 Remember stuff using a song played at that time #music #memory I am sure many of us remember the events which occurred when listening to the same song which we were listening to when those events occurred. <br><br>I happen to remember the things vividly when I play a song i.e. things which occurred earlier when I was listening to the same song several years ago. This happens usually with my favourite songs.<div><br></div><div>I don't know how this works, but I would like to know whether some form of technique can be developed to remember any stuff using&nbsp; songs or music.</div><div><br></div><div>Do you remember past events when listening to a song?</div> 3 points posted by Tracy Devin /problems/162-remember-stuff-using-a-song-played-at-that-time-music-memory 162 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:48:00 +0000 Rate niche products on the problem they solve #niche #marketing I'm a marketer with the ability to go through a niche or sub-niche to determine the problems that are being solved by products in the niche. Other marketers could agree that this can be a time consuming task when approached from this angle. My question is to whether or not there is an app(s) that already solves this issue to a certain degree?&nbsp; 0 points posted by Digicol5 /problems/160-rate-niche-products-on-the-problem-they-solve-niche-marketing 160 Fri, 09 Oct 2020 21:59:00 +0000 Amazon for local retail #retail #ecommerce I'm imagining a platform for local retailers where customers can search for products in a similar way they do on Amazon and see where those products are available in their neighborhood. <div>They can then reserve or pay directly and pick them up later or get them delivered to whereever they want. </div><div><br></div><div>I know some retailers offer to check store availibility on their website but this quickly turns into a comparison across mulitple websites and then you still have only some of the potential results.</div> 2 points posted by crispin /problems/159-amazon-for-local-retail-retail-ecommerce 159 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 06:52:00 +0000 Domain price estimate based on current events #domain #worldevents I invest in domains, so buying domain names which grow in value matters to me. But, none of the current domain appraisals take current world events into account when estimating the value of a domain.<div><br></div><div>Anyone can tell, <b>covid19.com</b> must be valued in thousands of dollars where as it is estimated to be worth about <a href="https://godaddy.com/domain-value-appraisal/appraisal/?checkAvail=1&amp;tmskey=&amp;domainToCheck=covid19.com">$100</a>, similarly <b>trumpbidendebate.com</b> is appraised to be about <a href="https://godaddy.com/domain-value-appraisal/appraisal/?checkAvail=1&amp;tmskey=&amp;domainToCheck=trumpbidendebate.com">$229</a>&nbsp;and <b>trumpcovid.com</b> is <a href="https://godaddy.com/domain-value-appraisal/appraisal/?checkAvail=1&amp;tmskey=&amp;domainToCheck=trumpcovid.com">$500</a>&nbsp;(All at the time of writing). </div><div><br></div><div>This is because, <i>current domain value estimates</i> are based upon TLD, age, keywords, search volume for the keyword, advertising competition, comparable sales but are <i>not updated in real time based on latest world events</i>.<br><br>I would like domain appraisal based upon current world events and alerts for such high value domains.</div> 4 points posted by Natalie /problems/158-domain-price-estimate-based-on-current-events-domain-worldevents 158 Mon, 05 Oct 2020 13:31:00 +0000 Weekly review of high profile startup lawsuits #newsletter #legal I would like weekly updates on high profile startup legal cases and it seems <a href="https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24416469">there are others who would like it too</a>.<div><br></div><div>It's getting hard to track who is suing who, updates on countersuits and legal settlements as lawsuits have become part of the business strategy.</div><div><br></div><div>I feel a weekly email news letter would be an appropriate medium for delivering weekly review of high profile startup lawsuits.</div> 3 points posted by Shinzo Reyen /problems/157-weekly-review-of-high-profile-startup-lawsuits-newsletter-legal 157 Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:21:00 +0000 Get me the news I need, not the news I want #news #information I'm tired of the hate mongering, cognitive bias rich, mindless advertisement fuelled News media be it on Internet or Television or Radio or even traditional Paper medium.<div><br></div><div>When I say Internet, I don't mean just the websites, but also mobile Apps with infinite scroll which has put pressure on the News Agencies to produce content at a blistering rate, resulting in low quality content without any editorial oversight or fact checking or even proofreading.</div><div><br></div><div>I'm tired of these News medium exploiting my FOMO, I'm convinced that 99.9% of the news I consume every day has just information I don't need, Information I will never use in my life, at least in the foreseeable future. This is after choosing the categories of interest, giving personal information about myself than I should have to the large media companies and thereby advertisers.</div><div><br></div><div>I'm convinced that these News media are trying make me someone they want to be, rather than give me what I need.</div><div><br></div><div>What does it take to get only the News I need, which will be actually useful for my life?</div> 4 points posted by Andora /problems/156-get-me-the-news-i-need-not-the-news-i-want-news-information 156 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:21:00 +0000 Make me breathe properly #health #respiration 80% of the population has some form of disfunction in breathing, 50% of modern population chronically breathe through their mouth, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5o9b2RVC2E">says James Nestor</a>. <div><br></div><div>It seems that the correct way to breathe is 5 - 6 breaths/minute and breathing correctly has huge therapeutic benefits such helping with reducing symptoms of allergies, asthma, autoimmune disease, anxiety, depression and in some cases even curing them.</div><div><br></div><div>What can help me develop this correct way of breathing as a habit, without investing too much time or money?</div> 3 points posted by Michelle /problems/155-make-me-breathe-properly-health-respiration 155 Wed, 09 Sep 2020 14:02:00 +0000 An off-screen alternative to digital quiz #education #kids Many kids are being exposed to screen more than the daily ideal limit due to being required to finish their homework and submissions. A service that can generate offline printable playful quiz/homework forms for google classroom and other services might be useful. You print it, give it your kids for filling and then you scan/capture it to submit it back. 2 points posted by John_Doe /problems/154-an-off-screen-alternative-to-digital-quiz-education-kids 154 Wed, 09 Sep 2020 03:34:00 +0000 SLA for side projects and solopreneurs #agreement #sideproject B2B side projects, solopreneurs&nbsp;who build products and services for businesses suffer from chicken-and-egg problem of not being able to provide guarantees on the availability of a service as there are not enough customers; Meanwhile business customers refrain from engaging with side projects and solopreneurs as they might cease to exist abruptly.<br><br>e.g. Check this <a href="https://www.mugshotbot.com/">service</a>&nbsp;which creates social images for websites and articles with just the URL. This solves an important problem of having to create social images manually for every blog post of a business website. But if this services goes down, so does all the social images.<br><br><div>We need to find a solution to offer Service Level Agreements to business customers by solopreneurs and side project creators without compromising any side.</div> 4 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/153-sla-for-side-projects-and-solopreneurs-agreement-sideproject 153 Mon, 31 Aug 2020 16:36:00 +0000 Offline programming course for prisoners #education #prison I have a friend in prison to whom I am sending educational materials, I figured that learning programming could be very useful and so I searched for materials which could teach prominent programming languages without access to a computer but couldn't find anything noteworthy.<br><br>I understand that a programming language doesn't make much sense without access to a computer, but decades earlier when there were limited access to the computers people still learnt programming through books.<br><br>There is a very high population of incarcerated people in my country, I think an offline equivalent of MOOC for programming via paper medium would be very useful to the inmates anywhere in the world.<br><br>I saw other remote education related problems on this platform and So, I was motivated to post this. 3 points posted by Jonas /problems/152-offline-programming-course-for-prisoners-education-prison 152 Thu, 27 Aug 2020 17:48:00 +0000 Display musical instruments used in a song #visualization #music I like to visualise different musical instruments used in a song like Keyboard(Piano), Guitar, Drum, Violin, Saxophone, Flute etc. in my mind when I listen to the music. If you are like me, wouldn't it be nice to have the instruments displayed on the music app itself?<div><br></div><div>Ideally, The space beneath the progress bar as the song plays could be a great place for the visualisations of the musical instruments and could be disabled if not needed like how Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music do it for the lyrics.</div><div><br></div><div>That's all, let me know if you would like to have that feature in the music apps and let's get them working on it!</div><div><br></div> 3 points posted by Trisha /problems/151-display-musical-instruments-used-in-a-song-visualization-music 151 Mon, 24 Aug 2020 13:03:00 +0000 Monthly payment - Freelancer App #freelancer #flatfee Covid 19 has caused a lot of unemployment worldwide. <div><br></div><div>Although there are many freelancer apps out there, most of them operate based on a commission model system. By charging many poor freelancers for <b>every</b> single work/project they do on those platforms.<br></div><div><br></div><div>If Netflix has been so successful, by delivering extensive and diverse content, a freelancer app might succeed as well. Using similarly the same business model. <br></div><div><br></div><div><b>On this app</b>: Freelancers pay a monthly fee and they can generate as much work as they can, without being ripped off on every single job they do by those bloody commissions. </div><div><br></div><div>I will like to see some thoughts on the matter. Thanks !</div> 1 points posted by alvaroignaciotapia@gmail.com /problems/150-monthly-payment-freelancer-app-freelancer-flatfee 150 Sat, 22 Aug 2020 18:48:00 +0000 Remote education for underprivileged #education #poverty COVID-19 pandemic has put the world into lockdown and the children are forced to get their <a href="https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/edutech/brief/how-countries-are-using-edtech-to-support-remote-learning-during-the-covid-19-pandemic">education through Internet - especially via video conferencing often using smartphones, radio, television and texting</a>.<div> </div><div>Unfortunately, <b>even feature phones let alone smartphones are beyond the reach of many</b>, <a href="https://indianexpress.com/article/education/about-56-pc-of-children-have-no-access-to-smartphones-for-e-learning-study-6457247/">resulting in the lack of means to get educated</a> in the <a href="https://globalpressjournal.com/americas/mexico/virtual-learning-impossible-migrant-families-mexico/">marginalised communities</a> where education is the only way for the next generation to escape the poverty. There are several reports of children committing suicide after being distraught from not being able to afford a smartphone[<a href="https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/kerala-class-x-girl-ends-life-allegedly-over-lack-of-access-to-online-classes/article31728470.ece">1</a>][<a href="https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/girl-without-smartphone-fails-to-attend-online-classes-kills-self/articleshow/76474815.cms">2</a>][<a href="https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/coronavirus-india-punjab-mansa-no-smartphone-for-online-classes-girl-allegedly-commits-suicide-2242789">3</a>].<br><br>Pew Research centre's 2019 <a href="https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2019/11/20/non-mobile-phone-users-what-hinders-their-access/">report</a> says,</div><div><br></div><div><blockquote>Across the 11 emerging economies surveyed as part of this report, up to one-in-five people do not own or even share a mobile phone.</blockquote><div><br></div></div><div>Lack of smartphone or other electronic device is not the only problem, lack of proper electricity, cellular and Internet connectivity inhibits the underprivileged from receiving remote education.<br><br>What we can we come up with under such conditions to deliver remote education to the underprivileged?<b> </b>Note that several governments are trying to crack this problem as well, so any <b>solution to fill this need gap could be a</b> <b>viable international social good startup idea</b>.</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/149-remote-education-for-underprivileged-education-poverty 149 Mon, 17 Aug 2020 13:54:00 +0000 Simple Video editor for beginner youtubers #video #editing We all know video editing is hard. After talking to some people, in order to create a 4-5 minute high quality video can take 4-7 hours. Which discourages a lot of people.<div><br></div><div>I want to cut down that time ten-fold.</div><div><br></div><div>In other words, create a video editor that will help you all the way throughout your editing workflow - save time, create HQ videos, see your subscriber count grow.</div> 3 points posted by studiocinematic /problems/148-simple-video-editor-for-beginner-youtubers-video-editing 148 Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:46:00 +0000 Which platform streams my fav show or movie? #streaming #movies It is not easy for consumers to know which movie/show is streamed by which platform (such as NetFlix or PrimeVideo). This service maintains the list of movies &amp; shows with their platforms for easy search. For this to work, Currently, each platform lists its contents in a searchable manner, whether it is original content or third party. But if a consumer wants to locate which platform has a particular show or movie, there is no easy way (but for a generic search). This service can either do a back-to-back search on multiple platforms, parse the returned value, merge multiple responses and present to the user. Alternatively, it can maintain a local cache/catalogue.<br> 1 points posted by sierra1bravo /problems/147-which-platform-streams-my-fav-show-or-movie-streaming-movies 147 Tue, 11 Aug 2020 05:52:00 +0000 Health insurance for sick and disabled #insurance #disability I recently learnt that the top health insurers in my country are denying policy for the sick and disabled; <a href="https://abishekmuthian.com/insurers-are-putting-the-lives-of-sick-and-disabled-at-risk-during-covid-19-pandemic/">putting the lives of sick and disabled at risk during COVID-19 pandemic</a>.<div><br></div><div>As an entrepreneur I understand the risk faced by insurers, but then again such risk is part and parcel of their business model. But, denying someone a policy since they have X disease when they could offer them a coverage for rest of the ailments with a waiting period for coverage of X disease <b>is not keeping up with the progress of medical science</b>; especially when the Govt. guidelines suggests you to do the same.<br><br><i>Hence, there is a need gap for an insurer who cares about sick, disabled and has ethical policies which are developed in parallel to the progress in medical science</i>.<br><br>Do you know such insurer, have opinions about how such insurer should be or want to build one yourself? I understand that the subject of health insurance differs widely according to the country and their health policy.<br><br></div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/145-health-insurance-for-sick-and-disabled-insurance-disability 145 Sat, 08 Aug 2020 05:02:00 +0000 On-demand Hacker News notification #hackernews #notification Every now and then a service announcing <a href="https://hnnotify.xyz/">notification for Hacker News</a> <a href="http://www.hnreplies.com/">pops up</a>&nbsp;which takes in email id, username and send email for HN replies. Then there are browser add-ons which <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hacker-news-comments-noti/fcdogcdfbjpnhcnflhdpcdfjmmiedebo">send notifications when there are new comments to subscribed HN threads</a>.<br><br>But, as far as I have searched <b>there is no service which allows me to subscribe to specific threads and comments for notifications without having to give in my email id</b>.<br><br>I think there would be takers for such a service, including myself as HN crowd are generally averse to mandatory email id and many would like to follow interesting threads, comments including ones which they have replied to. 3 points posted by Shinzo Reyen /problems/144-on-demand-hacker-news-notification-hackernews-notification 144 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 13:46:00 +0000 Capturing good photos from any phone #photography #phone I don't take pictures to post to social networks often, so I run my phone until software updates are available, as cameras are usually the only distinguishing feature even among flagships.<br><br>But, when I do take a photograph (usually insects, birds and animals) I would like the picture to be good. But, it is rarely the case as only few smartphone manufacturers have got the knack of capturing good photographs even though the hardware (sensor, lens, processor) are the same.<br><br>Their secret sauce lies in the machine learning powered image processing software, as spectacularly demonstrated by Google with their pixel lineup of phones and few other manufacturers.<br><br><b>So why not take that software to the cloud and let anyone get good quality photographs from any mobile? </b>All current smartphones can capture images in RAW format, with better Internet bandwidth on the phone, a RAW format image can be uploaded to the cloud for ML - image processing while a lower quality JPEG can be displayed on the phone. Once processed, higher quality pictures can be shared to the social network or downloaded.<br><br>I think a phone camera app with this service can fill a large need gap of getting good photos on any phone. 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/143-capturing-good-photos-from-any-phone-photography-phone 143 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 13:23:00 +0000 YouTube like public chat for ecommerce websites #chat #ecommerce I like how public chats on YouTube, Twitch can be used to discuss about the content with several others. When I buy something online, I wonder why there is no public chat facility on these websites and only person I could chat with about the product is the store employee or a bot.<br><br>When I buy something online, I search for reviews, competitive products and possibly lower price elsewhere; it would be nice if there was a public chat on Amazon or other ecommerce sites where I can discuss with other buyers directly instead of unreliable and often fake reviews on the ecommerce websites. 4 points posted by Natasha Taylor /problems/141-youtube-like-public-chat-for-ecommerce-websites-chat-ecommerce 141 Thu, 16 Jul 2020 13:21:00 +0000 Show me my bank's hidden charges #banking #charges My bank is putting a ton load of hidden charges on my account for transactions, services I never use and what not. It's a chore to find these charges from the bank statement (which we rarely do) and even if we find it there is little we could do about it.<div><br></div><div>Talking to my friends, it seems almost every major bank does this and it is a problem for many.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like a solution where my bank's hidden charges are clearly showcased to me and helps me reduce those charges.</div> 3 points posted by Benny /problems/140-show-me-my-banks-hidden-charges-banking-charges 140 Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:01:00 +0000 Tell my Skype contacts that I'm on a Zoom call #status #VoIP When I'm on an important Zoom call, I get a Skype call and it interrupts the conversation. I'm sure you all would have faced it as well.<div><br></div><div>This can be resolved if there was a way to inform my contacts on different platforms like Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp that I'm on a call in another platform <b>automatically</b> without having to set a status for it individually(As if anyone is reading it before calling) when they call me.</div><div><br></div><div>My 5 bucks for anyone who builds a solution for this!</div> 3 points posted by Michael Glassman /problems/139-tell-my-skype-contacts-that-im-on-a-zoom-call-status-voip 139 Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:05:00 +0000 Disinfecting amazon packages #hygiene #ecommerce Everyone is ordering from Amazon or other ecommerce sites to stock up and prepare for the next lockdown. But when I see the packages on my door step, I'm worried whether they have COVID-19 virus on it and I'm sure there are many others who feel the same way.<br><br>I'm spending an awful lot of time disinfecting the Amazon delivery packages, before taking it inside the house. Some days, I have to repeat this 4-5 time; each time I get a package delivered. Disinfecting the package isn't an easy task as well, I have to gear up each time, ensure that the disinfectant doesn't get inside the package and dispose the protective gear carefully.<br><br>I wish there was an easy and safe way to disinfect the packages received from ecommerce sites or any other postal delivery. How are you all solving this problem? 5 points posted by Nancy Ilias /problems/137-disinfecting-amazon-packages-hygiene-ecommerce 137 Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:40:00 +0000 Visual generator for repetitive code structures #coding #projectmanagement <h2>What so you think about the current way of starting new code projects?</h2><div>The current way would be the use of the different framework-CLIs and copy-pasting everything together or starting with a GitHub Starter.</div><div><br></div><div>But instead of doing so and then adjusting everything for your current problems domain, what so you think of a visual configuration of data structures and simple ui-wireframes, which will be translated into real code files by adjustable templates. The results must be syncable.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>Would you like to use something Like this?</div><div><br></div> 1 points posted by pablobico /problems/136-visual-generator-for-repetitive-code-structures-coding-projectmanagement 136 Wed, 24 Jun 2020 22:23:00 +0000 Stop my family members from touching their face #health #hygiene In order to prevent COVID-19 coronavirus infection, its being constantly advised to not touch our face. When we are outside, we wear face mask which to some extent reminds us not to touch our face; but when we are in our house we frequently touch our face.<div><br></div><div>It seems like there's currently no solution which prevents us from touching our face at home without having to wear face mask and shields. If someone in the house is infected with COVID-19, everyone is at risk and preventing touching face could limit the chances of infection.</div> 3 points posted by Katy Jones /problems/135-stop-my-family-members-from-touching-their-face-health-hygiene 135 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 15:59:00 +0000 Remind me to take break when working from home #WFH #activity I'm forgetting to take regular breaks when I work from home as I get too involved with the task, as there's no one to interrupt me like in office. Without regular breaks, I get back-pain due to over exerting myself with the work which also increases my depression at the end of the day.<div><br></div><div>Current activity timers require manual start, which are useless when we forget to start the activity timer after a break or when starting the task.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like an activity timer which starts automatically when I start the work and remind me at regular intervals to take a break from work without me having to take any explicit action with the timer.</div> 10 points posted by Apsara /problems/130-remind-me-to-take-break-when-working-from-home-wfh-activity 130 Mon, 15 Jun 2020 15:58:00 +0000 Verification of email ID #email #verification <div>Email marketing is raising right now and everyone who had a database is trying to get some result out of it. The most straightforward way is to create a Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor or Convertkit account and upload your database. But there are some restrictions. Before you upload the contact list you should check the list for validity.</div> 1 points posted by opryshok /problems/129-verification-of-email-id-email-verification 129 Thu, 11 Jun 2020 12:43:00 +0000 Search Engine for Products powered by Reddit #search #reddit These days the search results from google are full of low quality affiliate marketing blogs. On the other hand, the products recommended on Reddit are generally good. Someone should create a search engine for products recommended on Reddit. <br><br>Karma alone cannot be used to determine if a particular product is good. For example, Nexus 5x is one of the most mentioned smartphone on r/Android but its mostly all about of bootloop complains. So sentiment analysis&nbsp; is needed to find whether the post/comment about the product is positive or not.<br><br>Another challenge is extracting the product name from the comments. For example, on r/PCMasterRace most people wont link to individual products but would just mention the products.<div><br>What do you guys think?</div> 2 points posted by vipul /problems/128-search-engine-for-products-powered-by-reddit-search-reddit 128 Tue, 09 Jun 2020 14:51:00 +0000 Listening to obscure international radio station #radio #audio I'm under lockdown in a foreign country, like many in my situation I'm home sick. When home sick, there are things which we can do to rejoice memories of home; for some it's cooking, watching favourite family show etc. for me it's listening to FM radio stations back home.<div><br></div><div>But, not all radio stations are available online especially when the station is from tier 3 or lower cities in India. Even when the online portal for a radio station is available, they play streams from select top-tier cities.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like to have a Spotify like app, which can play streams from FM radio stations from anywhere in the world.</div> 3 points posted by Rupsana /problems/126-listening-to-obscure-international-radio-station-radio-audio 126 Mon, 08 Jun 2020 13:06:00 +0000 I can’t use chrome extensions on mobile #chromeextensions #mobile I wish someone could figure out a way to make chrome extensions work on mobile. I know that on iOS, there are share extensions that work with apps. It would be great if there were some way chrome extensions could be turned into apps with share extensions that could be used in iOS.<div>For example, I use Pocket for bookmarks. I use the chrome extension on my desktop and I use the share extension when browsing on my iPhone. In an age when the majority of people are browsing websites on mobile phones, there should be a way to access great chrome extensions on mobile too. </div> 2 points posted by Yocheved /problems/123-i-cant-use-chrome-extensions-on-mobile-chromeextensions-mobile 123 Fri, 05 Jun 2020 01:26:00 +0000 How much will I be charged for my treatment #hospital #bills How much a patient is charged for a treatment in a private hospital is mostly opaque, until the patient receives the bill. It's common to get 2x - 3x times the projected costs for the treatment.<div><br></div><div>But, times are not normal; COVID-19 lockdown has cut private hospital revenue extensively as very few people are visiting hospitals for non-COVID related treatment and not many private hospitals are participating in treating COVID-19 patients. Even those private hospitals who are treating COVID-19 patients are charging extraordinarily high price for their treatment.</div><div><br></div><div>So, as the lockdown lifts private hospitals are sure to charge exuberantly and discriminately for providing treatments to compensate for their loss of revenue.<br></div><div><br></div><div>It's now more crucial than ever for a patient to get an idea of how much they will get charged for a treatment in a hospital, There are currently no means to know that. A public database where patients can share their hospital bills for everyone to see would helpful in creating transparency for private hospital charges and may also bring accountability from private hospitals.<br></div> 3 points posted by Katy Jones /problems/122-how-much-will-i-be-charged-for-my-treatment-hospital-bills 122 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:38:00 +0000 Ad blocker for satellite television #adblock #television Those who don't like irrelevant advertisements on Internet, especially on websites could make use of ad blockers to hide the advertisements.<div><br></div><div>But no such luck with satellite television, apart from irrelevant, irritating advertisements on television, they often target gullible with misinformation. Not all countries have regulations to prevent misinformation in television ads.</div><div><br></div><div>Some smart TVs seem to support ad blockers, which I guess blocks Internet ads; But, not sure how it would be useful as even on smart TVs many watch satellite television.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like to have ad blocker for satellite television, which can block advertisements when the shows cut to it and also on-demand ad blocker for advertisements which masquerade as regular content.</div> 3 points posted by Bakshara /problems/119-ad-blocker-for-satellite-television-adblock-television 119 Tue, 19 May 2020 13:19:00 +0000 Cheat sheet for everything in same design format #education #cribsheet Students and professionals of different domains use cheat sheets for remembering what they learnt at a quick glance from web, written or printed notes. Some even refer to cheat sheets to find the information at a faster rate without having to go through the full documentation.<div> </div><div>There are cheat sheets possibly for everything from cooking to medical education. Here's a <a href="http://www.cheat-sheets.org/">collection of cheat sheets for different programming languages</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>But since cheat sheets are made by different individuals, each cheat sheet has different design format. <b>Different colors, arrangements of columns, fonts and text sizes makes the cheat sheets disjointed</b>.</div><div><br></div><div>If there is a platform which builds and curates cheat sheets in a single format i.e. like Wikipedia for cheat sheet, it would make cheat sheets more accessible, seamless and mainstream.</div> 3 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/117-cheat-sheet-for-everything-in-same-design-format-education-cribsheet 117 Fri, 08 May 2020 13:41:00 +0000 Difficulties in organizing meetings #calendar #organizing <div>There's always a gap between the time when a meeting starts and when it was supposed to start. It is always complicated to manage time for meetings.<br></div><div><br></div>I think it should be useful to have an app that uses machine learning for meetings. What problem would be solved with something like that? An app like this will basically use machine learning and used data about speakers, so companies could organize the meeting in a better manner. 2 points posted by ali /problems/116-difficulties-in-organizing-meetings-calendar-organizing 116 Fri, 08 May 2020 13:07:00 +0000 Comparing the value of online course certificate #MOOC #education There is no shortage of online courses, first there were the likes of Coursera, Udacity and now every University have their own Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) or have partnerships with online education companies to provide their course.<div><br></div><div>All of them claim that their certificate is valuable with the employers, but how can be we sure of it? There is no clear way to know which certificates, from which MOOC providers are valuable and which companies accept such certificates.</div><div><br></div><div>It could be very useful if there was an online portal, which compares and rates these online course certificates based upon the quality of education and actual number of people who got employed because of the certificate.</div> 5 points posted by Tina Ray /problems/115-comparing-the-value-of-online-course-certificate-mooc-education 115 Fri, 01 May 2020 13:29:00 +0000 Notification for selective portions of web/pdf #notification #webscrapping There are still websites which provide daily updated data but don't have an app or even if they do; they don't provide notifications for the selective data I'm interested in. In such cases, I'm left with the only option to check those websites or apps regularly.<div><br></div><div>e.g. <a href="https://distributors.mmtcpamp.com/Downloads/PriceList.pdf">Commodity seller's&nbsp;price list</a>, <a href="https://www.hdfcbank.com/content/bbp/repositories/723fb80a-2dde-42a3-9793-7ae1be57c87f/?path=/Personal/Home/content/rates.pdf">Banking sites which provide forex data</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>Often, what I require from these pdf or other web content are just small pieces of information which can be sent over through notifications instead of having to spend the time in visiting these websites/apps or having to remember to do so.<br><br>Essentially I'm looking for a tool, which allows me to select a particular piece of information on the web or pdf to be sent as notifications at the intervals set by me, if the information is updated.</div><div><br></div><div>Has anyone else faced this problem? Or have a solution to this? do let me know.</div><div><br></div> 3 points posted by Bakshara /problems/114-pdf-notification-webscrapping 114 Mon, 27 Apr 2020 07:02:00 +0000 Reliable, uninterrupted video conferencing #videoconferencing #Internet <b>Video conferencing has been in existence for over 50 years</b> and yet it's still nearly impossible to have an uninterrupted, reliable session with multiple participants from around the world.<div><br></div><div>Don't believe me? Look at what the world's most premiere organisation tasked with preventing the next World War <a href="https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/newsfeed/2020/04/holds-virtual-meetings-technical-problems-ensue-200427125224842.html">is facing</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>It's easy to delegate the cause to the quality of the Internet itself being not equal in different parts of the world, but that's not the only problem to the issues in video conferencing. The problems range from technical to behavioural.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Technical problems</b> include, but not limited to -</div><div> <ul> <li>Internet QoS, latency, connectivity.</li> <li>Video/Audio encoding and decoding.</li> <li>Noise reduction.</li> <li>Echo suppression and cancellation.</li> <li>Hardware and Software incompatibilities.</li> </ul><div><b>Behavioural problems</b> include, but not limited to -</div><div> <ul> <li><a href="https://needgap.com/problems/41-human-memory-lack-of-thereof-psychology-neuroscience">Forgetting</a> camera/mic is ON/OFF.</li> <li>Obstructing the camera/mic.</li> </ul><div>There's no dearth of <a href="https://startuptoolchain.com/#video-conference">video conferencing tools</a> trying to solve some these problems, but since not all of these are solved by a single system; there's still a huge need gap.</div></div></div> 4 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/113-reliable-uninterrupted-video-conferencing-videoconferencing-internet 113 Fri, 24 Apr 2020 02:50:00 +0000 Alert me when slots in BigBasket is open #India #ecommerce Online grocery delivery sites such as BigBasket to Grofers are <a href="https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/newsbuzz/covid-19-impact-from-bigbasket-to-grofers-mounting-orders-and-staff-crunch-stretch-online-grocers/articleshow/74941071.cms">operating at 60-70% capacity</a> due to manpower shortage and supply constraints from COVID-19 lockdown. But the demand for online grocery delivery has sky rocketed for obvious reasons.<div><br></div><div>BigBasket has a slot system, which opens up at random for booking and so I have to keep checking the app for open slots and I'm rarely successful. This activity is very depressing, I have spent several sleepless nights on this already.</div><div><br></div><div>I wish, someone could build a solution to alert the users when the slots in BigBasket is available for booking. I'm not sure why BigBasket itself hasn't provided such a feature.</div><div><br></div><div>I'm sure this problem is being faced by thousands in India and so a solution for this would be much welcomed.</div> 3 points posted by Ellakiya Raju /problems/112-alert-me-when-slots-in-bigbasket-is-open-india-ecommerce 112 Sun, 19 Apr 2020 04:57:00 +0000 Automatic monitoring of social distance via CCTV #ArtificialIntelligence #SocialDistancing Social Distancing or more accurately Physical Distancing is the key prevent the spread of COVID-19 before a vaccine is made available for everyone on the planet.<div><br></div><div>But since lockdowns cannot continue indefinitely due to economic reasons, countries which were in lockdown are opening up. This brings a new challenge of how to monitor and enforce social distancing when everyone is back on the roads.</div><div><br></div><div>CCTVs would be crucial in monitoring and enforcing social distancing in public places and in workplaces; The manual overhead in doing it is very high, fortunately if there's one thing which AI has proven itself as more capable than human beings it's computer vision.</div><div><br></div><div>But, since average CCTVs don't have depth perception, have different views and people are not in the same plane of axis; judging the distance between two people from video footage is a hard problem. Fortunately, Andrew Ng's company has released a tool to do just this and has released how the procedure works - <a href="https://landing.ai/landing-ai-creates-an-ai-tool-to-help-customers-monitor-social-distancing-in-the-workplace/">https://landing.ai/landing-ai-creates-an-ai-tool-to-help-customers-monitor-social-distancing-in-the-workplace/</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>It solves the problem of calculating distance by using homography to get top-down view of the image from video, using a manual calibration tool. Unfortunately, none of this has been open-sourced as of writing and hence a need gap for this to be released as an open-source tool for any govt. or workplace to make use of.</div><div><br></div><div>Such a tool can also be used on open CCTV feeds from Shodan, Insecam to analyse social distancing in countries around the world.</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/111-automatic-monitoring-of-social-distance-via-cctv-artificialintelligence-socialdistancing 111 Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:52:00 +0000 Analysis of social media posts of anyone #socialnetworks #analytics I work as a freelance social media manager, as part of my work I have to analyse the performance of the social media posts of my clients and their competitors.<div><br></div><div>Twitter &amp; Facebook themselves offer some form of analytics; Twitter offers for all profiles and Facebook offers it for Business pages, obviously they are limited to the user profile. Social media posting tools such as Hootsuite, Buffer offer insights for those posts posted via their platforms.</div><div><br></div><div>But, I need insights for the tweets and posts of others. Like their top performing tweets/posts, segmented categories, timings, gain/loss of followers according to their tweet/post, tweet/post sentiment, media categories etc.</div><div><br></div><div>I assume this kind of insights is possible from the public data as there are some tools like <a href="https://followerwonk.com/">https://followerwonk.com/</a>&nbsp;which gives deep insights about twitter followers and <a href="https://foller.me/">https://foller.me/</a>&nbsp;which gives insights about public tweets although is limited to 100.</div><div><br></div><div>I think if this need gap is fulfilled, the product could be indispensable for social media analysts.</div> 3 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/110-analysis-of-social-media-posts-of-anyone-socialnetworks-analytics 110 Wed, 15 Apr 2020 16:36:00 +0000 Buddy Training for anything and everything #productivity #training When I'm training for something say for a weight loss milestone or a new language; I usually give up midway due to lack of motivation. <div><br></div><div>I know there are several apps for training which put us against several other users and challenges us to rise up in the rankings. But being an introvert, those kind of apps just rises my anxiety and doesn't help me with my training.</div><div><br></div><div>I was thinking, if there was a virtual buddy system i.e. someone real who trains along with us for mutual milestones, what ever it may be; say learning cooking, learning programming, physical training etc. that can be highly productive.</div><div><br></div><div>You may say, why not ask your friend to train with you? Well, friendships come with packages and biases. I don't think we can have absolute focus in training for something with an existing friend all of a sudden, if at all there's such a friend for everyone.</div><div><br></div><div>Besides, an app which pairs us with some random individual for mutual training is a great way to make friends who share common interests.</div><div><br></div><div>Let me know if you would like to use a virtual buddy training and if there are any apps like that already.</div> 3 points posted by Cristen George /problems/109-buddy-training-for-anything-and-everything-productivity-training 109 Fri, 10 Apr 2020 10:12:00 +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