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. Sat, 19 Sep 2020 09:56:00 +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> 3 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. 3 points posted by searchableguy /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> 3 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. 3 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> 2 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 Sales&marketing process through webinars is broken#saas#b2b <p class="p1">We know how to fix it. We have integrated two service markets - webinars and chatbot - and created Foxery a unique sales experience through webinars with automated communication in messengers and single customer view that gives full analytics for educational companies, media agencies, and individuals. </p><p class="p1"><br></p> 0 points posted by Alina /problems/127-sales-marketing-process-through-webinars-is-brokensaasb2b 127 Tue, 09 Jun 2020 09:53:00 +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 Focus - team management app #teammanagement #software Focus keeps your team on the most important outcomes. Instead of the heap of messages, long emails, and endless meetings – focus on <b>what matters the most</b>. Identify <b>the right objectives</b>&nbsp;to work on and focus execution on <b>measurable outcomes</b>. Build transparency and alignment across all your teams via OKRs and check-ins toolkit. 0 points posted by Alex /problems/124-focus-team-management-app-teammanagement-software 124 Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:26:00 +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 Spell checkers to have parity with the human eye #spellcheck #AI <h2>unfortautenyl</h2><div><br></div><div><br class="Apple-interchange-newline"><a href="https://i.imgur.com/shvDhOT.png" class="hoverZoomLink">https://i.imgur.com/shvDhOT.png</a><div><br></div><div><a href="https://i.imgur.com/lp6yVHA.png" class="hoverZoomLink">https://i.imgur.com/lp6yVHA.png</a></div></div><div><br></div><div>I know what this is meant to say, and you do too. Now AI is no human brain, but I feel we can close the gap on this with better spell checkers. What is hampering various spell checking tools to know what this trying to say? Isn't the stem of 'unfort' enough to check the database and realize that there is only one word that fits it?</div><div><br></div><div><br></div> 3 points posted by Siddhartha /problems/120-spell-checkers-to-have-parity-with-the-human-eye-spellcheck-ai 120 Wed, 20 May 2020 19:22:00 +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> 4 points posted by Cristen George /problems/109-buddy-training-for-anything-and-everything-productivity-training 109 Fri, 10 Apr 2020 10:12:00 +0000 Rise in domestic abuse due to COVID-19 lockdown #abuseprevention #abuseintervention Humans are social creatures, locking them down in their houses for weeks is hard on the psychological wellbeing of many. Lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic has <b><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/world/coronavirus-domestic-violence.html">made the life especially dangerous for those who have been facing violence at their home</a></b> in several countries.<div><br></div><div>Going out for work, school was the only recourse for many abuse victims; but now due to the lockdown, the abusers have full-time access to the victims.</div><div><br></div><div><b>French Govt. reported</b> last week that there has been <b>36% increase domestic violence</b> reports in Paris and 32% increase in the rest of the country. <b>UK</b> has reported <b>25 % increase</b> in domestic abuse calls at the national domestic abuse helpline, their website has 150% more views compared to last week of Feb. In <b>India,</b> National Commission for Women (NCW) has reported a spike in the cases of domestic abuse; NCW chief has said that the <b>number of cases are likely to be much higher but women are scared to complain as their abusers are at home</b>.</div><div><br></div><div>Few countries like Italy has launched specific apps to help abuse victims register a complaint, but I feel <b>all major apps should integrate discrete domestic abuse reporting facilities to help the victims</b>.</div> 4 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/108-rise-in-domestic-abuse-due-to-covid-19-lockdown-abuseprevention-abuseintervention 108 Wed, 08 Apr 2020 05:06:00 +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