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. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:31:00 +0000 Password less authentication #authentication #cybersecurity Even when thousands of online accounts get hacked each week due to weak passwords, people continue to use them. Even though free random(pseudo) password generator apps are available for years now, it hasn't gained large adoption.<div><br></div><div>Passwords by design rely on weakness in human psych - <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/41-human-memory-lack-of-thereof-psychology-neuroscience">memory</a>; we cannot generate or remember random passwords which are secure.</div><div><br></div><div>It's time to do away with passwords completely and come up with seamless, secure alternative which can work for a layman or security professional alike. </div> 1 points posted by PasswordHater /problems/49-password-less-authentication-authentication-cybersecurity 49 Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:31:00 +0000 Challenge platform for non tech graduates #jobs #skills There are number of platforms for tech graduates to show their skills via <a href="https://www.hackerearth.com/challenges/">hackathon</a>, <a href="https://www.kaggle.com/competitions">competition</a> to get recruited. But there are no such platform for a non tech graduate or for someone who has non technical skills in general such as agriculture, cooking, sales, marketing, accounting, communication, research, writing, travel, fashion, art, design (non-digital) etc. to showcase their skills for getting recruited.<div><br></div><div>I think its high time cookathons, saleathons, writeathons etc. for non-tech fields is conducted to connect the skilled with those who are looking for them. My wishful thinking is that this should encourage even those without proper degree or formal education in those fields should be encouraged to participate if they have necessary skills.</div><div><br></div><div>This sounds like a true problem, but one reason for why this hasn't been taken up or solved yet could be because the majority of those who are facing this problem are jobless and entrepreneurship is the last thing which comes to mind when someone is not having any money.</div> 3 points posted by jobseeker /problems/48-challenge-platform-for-non-tech-graduates-jobs-skills 48 Mon, 04 Nov 2019 16:39:00 +0000 Collaboratively edit group photos in realtime #photography #editing Thanks to smartphone, we take inordinate amount of photographs. We edit the photographs before posting it to the social networks or chat apps to look the best of ourselves or at least we like to think so!<div><br></div><div>But, we cannot edit others in a group photo or group selfie as editing how others look in our photograph without their consent seems inappropriate and so most of the time only the person who owns the smartphone in which the group photo/selfie was taken gets to edit the picture.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like an app which allows editing group photo in realtime collaboratively, across all platforms and agree upon a final version once every one in the picture has approved.</div> 2 points posted by Bakshara /problems/47-collaboratively-edit-group-photos-in-realtime-photography-editing 47 Wed, 30 Oct 2019 16:51:00 +0000 Automatic transcript for podcasts with search #podcasts #transcript Podcasts are an antidote to noise filled, cognitive bias fuelling on-screen media. But, there are limitations to consuming information from audio; searching and retrieving information from a podcast are full of hurdles, audio only podcasts are out of reach for people with hearing disabilities and other accessibility issues.<div><br></div><div>Considering the state of current speech recognition, audio processing; I would like a podcast app where transcript are generated in real-time and showcased like how lyrics are displayed in the music streaming apps with ability to search over podcast's transcript at any time.</div><div><br></div><div>There are few <a href="https://www.transcribeme.com/blog/podcast-transcripts-how-to-get-transcriptions-for-podcasts">services</a> which offer transcript for podcasts, but aren't real-time and <a href="https://www.listennotes.com/">require payments</a> to be made for each episodes.</div><div><br></div><div>P.S. Android has <a href="https://www.android.com/accessibility/live-transcribe/">live transcribe</a> feature for any audio, but including transcript within a podcast app would be frictionless and could provide historical search features.</div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/46-automatic-transcript-for-podcasts-with-search-podcasts-transcript 46 Mon, 28 Oct 2019 17:03:00 +0000 Tracking micro changes related to my career #news #career Say, I'm a programmer; I would like to know the changes in the new version of a programming language I use, changes in the APIs I use, changes in the technology concerning my area of work.<div><br></div><div>But it's just not the technology which can affect a career, from economic slowdown to rising sea levels could have an impact on a career. Currently there is no individual solution to connect the dots and watch the micro changes related to one's job.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like an app which can take specific inputs about my job description, analyse possible career trajectories and monitor micro changes related to those careers and give appropriate suggestions to pursue.</div> 3 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/45-tracking-micro-changes-related-to-my-career-news-career 45 Wed, 23 Oct 2019 02:43:00 +0000 From idea to several happy customers [Learnings] <p class="_1qeIAgB0cPwnLhDF9XSiJM">There is no great joy than watching users flood into your app, using it, and start paying for it. The greatest pain, however, is going from an idea to a fully developed product that people can actually use.</p><p class="_1qeIAgB0cPwnLhDF9XSiJM">Just over a month back, we launched our product. We were on the first page of Hackernews for multiple hours, got hunted on Product Hunt, and got several engaged users. The key, I believe, wasn't just because we planned our launch properly, but because we did several not-so-sexy stuff first.</p><p class="_1qeIAgB0cPwnLhDF9XSiJM">For most of us building a product looks like this - have an idea, get feedback, build product, get more feedback, and start marketing.<br></p><p class="_1qeIAgB0cPwnLhDF9XSiJM">But over the last several months of building <a href="https://zepel.io/">zepel.io</a>&nbsp;I've learned few things about the product development process that isn't all too obvious.<br></p><p class="_1qeIAgB0cPwnLhDF9XSiJM">I wish I could just post points over here, but due to the character count limit, I'm sharing a link to <a href="https://zepel.io/blog/product-development-process/?utm_source=needgap&amp;utm_medium=community">our blog post</a>.</p> 0 points posted by svikashk /problems/44-from-idea-to-several-happy-customers-learnings 44 Thu, 17 Oct 2019 04:38:00 +0000 Affordable E-Ink large external displays #EInk #displays Due to the exponential growth in the LCD/OLED display technologies larger, higher resolution, higher frame rate displays are more affordable than ever, But the E Ink external displays or E Ink computer monitors remains elusive from large adoption in the consumer market.<div><br></div><div>There are large E Ink external displays available for a while now from the likes of <a href="http://www.dasungtech.com/">Dasung</a>, <a href="https://onyxboox.com/">Onyx</a>&nbsp;but due to higher price e.g. $700 to $1000 for 13.3" E Ink display, where as a 4K 32" color LCD display monitor is available for ~ $200. Higher price of E Ink display slows adoption and slower adoption keeps these display prices high and new entrants to the E Ink market.</div><div><br></div><div>Of-course E Ink display use is limited to document consumption due to its monochrome colors and low refresh rates. But considering document consumption (browsing articles) or activities requiring low refresh rate (e.g. coding) occupies majority of screen time for many professionals, An E Ink display can serve them well.</div><div><br></div><div>Many who have used E Ink Kindle's browser to browse web in the newer frontlight models would vouch its positive effect on the eyes.</div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/43-affordable-e-ink-large-external-displays-eink-displays 43 Wed, 16 Oct 2019 17:46:00 +0000 Identifying fake reviews in Amazon, other sites #ecommerce #reviews Almost every review for accessories of a newly launched product I see on Amazon India is a fake review e.g. Smartphone case, Tempered glass etc. I see that reviewers have left similar, positive reviews with 5 stars rating for several other products.<div><br></div><div>I'm sure this is not just limited to Amazon India, as I could find other news detailing the ways the sellers <a href="https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicolenguyen/amazon-sellers-facebook-chatbots-fake-reviews">employ common people to give fake reviews in the promise of free goodies</a>. So, this practice must be common among several sellers across different ecommerce sites.</div><div><br></div><div>I would want a service which can differentiate fake reviews and genuine reviews seamlessly in the ecommerce sites.</div><div><br></div> 3 points posted by Asra Banu /problems/42-identifying-fake-reviews-in-amazon-other-sites-ecommerce-reviews 42 Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:22:00 +0000 Human memory, lack of thereof #psychology #neuroscience Human memory is overrated, they are weak and fallible. Study shows <b>we tend to think that we will remember something</b> <a href="https://bjorklab.psych.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2016/07/Koriat_RBjork_2005.pdf">important more than we will</a>. <b>False memory can be implanted in someone's mind</b> <a href="https://lifehacker.com/how-to-plant-ideas-in-someones-mind-5715912">extremely easily</a>, something which marketers, politicians, elements with nefarious intentions have been exploiting for centuries and <b>our brain itself can create false memories</b> to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_and_trauma">cope with trauma</a>.<div><br></div><div>Then there are numerous <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_memory_biases">memory biases</a> which clout our judgement leading to undesirable consequences for ourselves and for others around us. </div><div><br></div><div>In-spite of hard scientific evidence that our memory cannot be trusted, our day-to-day life, stability of the society; especially the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyewitness_testimony#Reconstructive_memory">legal system</a> is built upon human memory. We need frictionless solutions to improve human memory.</div> 5 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/41-human-memory-lack-of-thereof-psychology-neuroscience 41 Mon, 14 Oct 2019 05:12:00 +0000 Organizing favourite online food recipes #food #organizing There are host of food recipes available online in different websites and apps but no versatile mechanism to store the ones we like in an easily retrievable manner.<div><br></div><div>There is a need gap for a tool/service which allows us to save recipes from different websites, apps and retrieve as and when needed. If the tool can generate nutritional/calorie information and cost information for the stored recipe in the background; it could be an added advantage when using the recipe instead of having to search for the calorie information in different websites.</div> 2 points posted by needgap finder /problems/40-organizing-favourite-online-food-recipes-food-organizing 40 Tue, 08 Oct 2019 16:50:00 +0000 Mineral loss in the vegetables, declined by 90% #nutrition #agriculture Research estimates put 90% decline of minerals in vegetables in the last 100 years. This, added with <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6163803/">challenges in the diagnosis</a> of critical minerals in the human body is affecting the treatments for nutritional deficiency and related diseases.<div><br></div><div>Loss of minerals in the vegetables have been attributed to several causes such as <b>extermination of soil life</b> through modern farming practices of heavy tilling, over-fertilising, inadequate fertilisation, focussing on macronutrients etc.</div><div><br></div><div>For faster production, plants are fed Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium but <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant_nutrition">other essential elements</a> which are required for the health of plants are ignored. This causes nutrient deficiency, not only for plants but also for other organisms which subsist on plants such as humans.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need gap for startups to stop the loss of minerals in vegetables and also revitalise soil health.</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/39-mineral-loss-in-the-vegetables-declined-by-90-nutrition-agriculture 39 Wed, 02 Oct 2019 13:08:00 +0000 Creating a team with only remote employees #remoteworking #employment Forming a good core team for a startup is a large challenge, having remote team could help with better talent acquisition and also reduce the costs for setting up the infrastructure. There is no goto place for getting full-time remote employees for a startup which is yet to be launched.<div><br></div><div>Available options are mostly focussed upon freelance workers, which wouldn't work for a startup needing dedicated workforce.</div> 3 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/38-creating-a-team-with-only-remote-employees-remoteworking-employment 38 Fri, 27 Sep 2019 04:59:00 +0000 Smart power strip which communicates with phone #power #environment Devices which are connected to the power strips draw power even when they are not in use, experts say this standby power consumption in an average home ranges from 5 percent to 10 percent of household energy consumption. It supposedly accounts for <a href="https://standby.lbl.gov/faq/">1 percent of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions</a>.<div><br></div><div>Current smart power strips available on the market address this by cutting off power supply when the demand for power reduces there by signifying that the device is in standby mode. This works well for devices without battery e.g. Television, Music System etc. But, a smartphone would begin charging again at 99% thereby triggering power demand on the power strip frequently.</div><div><br></div><div>Smartphones and other similar devices with batteries have <b>overcharging protection </b>so they cutoff power demand at 100%, when the power depletes to 99% the charging would be resumed again. I would want a smart power strip which gets realtime battery statistics from the smartphone and cut off power supply when the optimum battery level is reached e.g. 80% and automatically start power supply again when the battery has reached low level e.g. 40%.</div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/37-smart-power-strip-which-communicates-with-phone-power-environment 37 Mon, 23 Sep 2019 16:56:00 +0000 Calculating climate impact for everyday tasks #environment #carbonfootprint Every day tasks such as charging our smartphone to taking a flight leaves a carbon footprint thereby having an impact on the climate and environment. Some lesser than others, but even those with less carbon footprint for an individual can make large impact on the climate when entire population is considered.<br><br><div>I want easier ways to calculate carbon footprint and other things which impact the climate due to my regular activities. Current climate change, environmental awareness is all about shaming people for their actions rather than constructive ways to mitigate those actions.</div><div><br></div><div>I think better climate change awareness is the need of the hour, fulfilling the need gap of easier way to calculate our personal impact on climate could help that.</div> 2 points posted by Bakshara /problems/36-calculating-climate-impact-for-everyday-tasks-environment-carbonfootprint 36 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 07:12:00 +0000 area denial counter-drone technology #defence #drone Drone technology, apart from numerous peaceful use cases has become a force multiplier for <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unmanned_combat_aerial_vehicle">offensive operations</a>. Drones capable of inflicting damage on infrastructure, lives are not only limited to nations with large defence budget, but has been effectively used by <a href="https://www.conflictarm.com/perspectives/islamic-states-weaponised-drones/">unorganised groups</a> to cause <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/middleeast/live-news/saudi-oil-attack-dle-intl/index.html">large scale damages</a> due to the low cost of developing and operating a drone force.<div><br></div><div><div>Malicious or accidental use of drones in airports have wreaked havoc. Drones are not limited only to air, explosive laden drone boats have already been used in the conflict.</div><div><br></div><div>Current counter-drone or anti-drone tech involves blocking signal to the drone for forcing it to land, hacking and use of physical force to destroy drones. The rise of auto pilot, anti-jamming/hacking, swarm tech would render existing counter-drone measures obsolete and hence the need gap for efficient area denial counter-drone technology.<br><div><br></div><div><br></div></div></div> 4 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/35-area-denial-counter-drone-technology-defence-drone 35 Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:45:00 +0000 Hiding spoilers of shows and movies in the web #web #spoilers When I haven't watched the latest episode of a very famous show or haven't watched a famous movie, I am forced to go off the grid (off Internet) until I have watched the show or movie because of the spoilers.<br><br>Currently I am using blocker plugins on browsers such as Ublock Origin to block comment section of certain websites, unsubscribe from subreddits related to that show or movie to prevent spoilers. These methods are not efficient, in turn loose the benefits of comments and non-spoiler content from my favourite subreddits as well.<br><br>I think there is a need gap for spoiler blocking considering how much media coverage famous shows and movies are getting nowadays.&nbsp; 1 points posted by Book Lover /problems/34-hiding-spoilers-of-shows-and-movies-in-the-web-web-spoilers 34 Sat, 14 Sep 2019 15:52:00 +0000 I don't have access to a proper library in my city I live in a Tier 2 city with a population of 40 lakhs. There are lots schools and colleges in my town but there are no good public libraries. As a working professional that likes to read in my free time, I have to rely on buying books online which proves to be very expensive. <div><br></div><div>I would love to have a library like The British Library in my town or some other alternative where I can borrow books. </div> 3 points posted by stoikrus /problems/33-i-dont-have-access-to-a-proper-library-in-my-city 33 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:50:00 +0000 Following work of a non-acting member from films #movies #information Many times I like the work of a member from a film crew such as, cinematographer, visual effects director, music composer, stunt coordinator, dialogue writer, director etc. who are not actors or at-least not lead actors. I feel they don't get the attention they deserve in making a movie great.<div><br></div><div>I want to follow the latest work of a cinematographer, visual effects director, dialogue writer, stunt coordinator etc. I liked in a movie. Actors, especially lead actors get stupendous coverage on television and online; but others from the film crew who had put exemplary effort don't get covered about their latest work.</div><div><br></div><div>A fan like me who would like to know about the latest work of these professionals, would watch a movie/series for their work but have no mechanism to get the required information and hence the need gap. Of course, some of them might have twitter accounts; but I would like to get updates on just their latest work and not their personal/world views; so Twitter doesn't fill this need gap.</div> 2 points posted by Ramon Eater /problems/32-following-work-of-a-non-acting-member-from-films-movies-information 32 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 02:44:00 +0000 Lyric based music playlists #music #genre I am fed up with love/romantic songs which are mostly misogynistic, sexualising women. I have nothing against love/romance as such, but I am bored of music when every song in the playlists of the music apps is a love song.<div><br></div><div>It is either, what a man feels about a women, or a women singing about her exes, rap about every external body part of women, men singing about non reciprocating love feelings and vice versa. Is that all lyricists can do?</div><div><br></div><div>Music is an essential part of human civilisation, I reject the idea that we can create only love songs now. I want playlists ordered by lyrics like Philosophy, History, Science, Motivational, Pets, Vehicles, Love etc. I am sure there are songs in the past which fits into every one of those categories and more.</div><div><br></div><div>Perhaps this would motivate the music creators to write better songs. </div> 3 points posted by ShapeOfYou /problems/31-lyric-based-music-playlists-music-genre 31 Mon, 09 Sep 2019 15:50:00 +0000 Getting things done at individual level #productivity #taskmanagement I spend much of my time browsing Reddit, YC-HackerNews and looks like needgap is going to be on that list. I'm not sure whether this is social network addiction, as none of the sites I mentioned is a social network. But, I spend inordinate amount of time on them and on other stuff without getting the tasks which I had in my mind done.<div><br></div><div>At the end of the day my tasks lists are full, get postponed, more tasks get added the next day, this cycle repeats. This undone task lists depresses me every night, but I don't do much about it the next day and hence the cycle.</div><div><br></div><div>I want something which helps me focus and gets things done. I'm sure, I'm not the only one with this issue.</div> 4 points posted by LazyBum /problems/30-getting-things-done-at-individual-level-productivity-taskmanagement 30 Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:24:00 +0000 Plain T-shirt subscription service in India #clothing #india I like plain T-shirts, from what I see in my office and outside; I guess so do many. Plain T-shirts are look neat, clean, time saving (even though I haven't taken the extreme measure of<a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/05/mark-zuckerberg-and-john-paul-dejorias-simple-wardrobe-trick.html"> wearing single colour every day to avoid decision fatigue</a>) and most importantly it is appropriate for an office environment.<div><br></div><div>I want a good quality plain T-shirt of different colour sent to me every month for a reasonable price. There are <a href="https://magicpin.in/blog/best-clothing-subscription-boxes-india/">clothing subscription services in India</a>, but they do exactly opposite of what I need; they cater to the fashion (or is it <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=anti-fashion">anti-fashion</a>) conscious customers and so they include shoes, belt, glasses &amp; what not along with mediocre clothing at a premium price.</div><div><br></div><div>I would happily pay half of what the current clothing subscription services charge for just a different coloured T-shirt every month.</div> 2 points posted by NerfHerder /problems/29-plain-t-shirt-subscription-service-in-india-clothing-india 29 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 12:50:00 +0000 Sharing what's on the mind without judgements #forum #communication I think everything is a facade on social networks, people tend to project different picture of themselves or project as someone else whom they wish they were. I would like to have a place where I can share my thoughts as it is without the fear of judgements or prejudice from those who read it.<div><br></div><div>I want a place where I can un-censor my thoughts, At the same time I don't want the forum to be a toxic place which plagues forums which advocates anonymity and free-speech. I guess, anonymity also brings out a facade from people and makes them do something online which they don't normally do in real life.</div><div><br></div><div>So, I think there is a need gap for a non-toxic forum where anyone can post anything on their mind period.</div> 1 points posted by RandomThoughts /problems/28-sharing-whats-on-the-mind-without-judgements-forum-communication 28 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 06:44:00 +0000 Secure transfer of encryption keys after death #cryptography #posthumous The day before my surgery, which had high probability that I may not survive; I was setting up master key for my encryption keys, writing it to a physical file and handed it to my father telling him to hand it over to my company shareholders if the need arises and provided biometric access to my mother from my smartphone. Reason being, I was the single founder, executive of my startup, all the intangible assets was under my control and most of it encrypted as it should be.<div><br></div><div>So, incase of my demise I wanted my shareholders to have access to the data if they decide to run the company. Obviously I survived, but looking back at that day; I feel that if someone knew that they may die the next day they should probably do something better with their time than reminding their loved ones that they may die. Of-course, writing master key to a file is not great for security either.</div><div><br></div><div>For a non subjective example for this need gap, <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/05/tech/quadriga-gerald-cotten-cryptocurrency/index.html">$145 million worth cryptocurrencies</a> was locked after the CEO died and he was the only person with the passphrase for encryption.</div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/27-secure-transfer-of-encryption-keys-after-death-cryptography-posthumous 27 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 16:25:00 +0000 Forum for discussing about specific songs #music #forum There seems to be a need gap for a forum for discussing about specific songs, where a user can tell about the song they are listening to, what they like/don't like about it.<div><br></div><div>Current music based social networks like MySpace seems to be more about the music artists rather than the preferences of the music consumers. If you have opinion about this need gap, or know startups solving this problem join the discussion in the comments.</div> 1 points posted by needgap finder /problems/26-forum-for-discussing-about-specific-songs-music-forum 26 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 15:27:00 +0000 Curated list of privacy oriented services #privacy #curatedlist There is a need gap for curated list of privacy oriented services across all platforms, like what <a href="https://guardianproject.info/">Guardian Project</a> does for android up-to some level.<div><br></div><div>But there are many privacy focussed services from browsers to credit cards, if they are listed in a single place according to the category; it will be easier for anyone to find a privacy respecting product/service for their need.</div> 3 points posted by needgap finder /problems/25-curated-list-of-privacy-oriented-services-privacy-curatedlist 25 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 14:53:00 +0000 Personalised medicine for depression #mentalhealth #treatment It is not just that depression is hard, treating depression itself is very hard. Due to number of variables for the occurrence of depression like environment, genetics and numerous other factors in the brain; most common treatments available for depression don't work for everyone.<div><br></div><div>Patients with depression often have to undergo, long cycles of medication to see if the particular treatment has any positive feedback. Current treatment for depression like SRI/SNRI medications <b>do work for many</b> after several weeks but if it doesn't then the long course of medications, usually with side-effects are useless.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need gap for personalised medicine for depression, where the patient can be diagnosed fast, easily and accurate medication be prescribed immediately instead of current trial &amp; error type of depression treatments.</div> 2 points posted by Anonymous /problems/24-personalised-medicine-for-depression-mentalhealth-treatment 24 Wed, 04 Sep 2019 12:48:00 +0000 Audio visualiser which can output to CRT monitor #visualiser #retro Techmoan (Matthew Julius Taylor), the famous youtube retro tech reviewer has a <a href="https://youtu.be/N1cWXamGZmM?t=634">need gap</a> for a device which take in audio input and outputs a visualiser to a video display. His intention is to convert old black and white CRT display to audio visualisers, so device needs to connect with RF input and perhaps needs a bluetooth receiver for receiving the data.<div><br></div><div>If anyone knows a solution for this need gap or is interested to work on it, please mention it in the comments.</div> 1 points posted by needgap finder /problems/23-audio-visualiser-which-can-output-to-crt-monitor-visualiser-retro 23 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 14:55:00 +0000 Enabling hearing aid features on TWS earphones #audio #hearingaid Hearing aid technology have come up a long way, they are tiny that it's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-Ptuq85R8Y">unnoticeable on a person wearing one</a>, highly efficient, customisable from app and can give super human hearing abilities but at a <b>premium price</b>. Luckily TWS (True Wireless Stereo) bluetooth earphone technology has grown exponentially as well and many of its features are synonymous with premium hearing aids but at lower cost.<div><br></div><div>Ever since Apple removed 3.5 mm audio jack in its iPhones, other manufacturers have been following the suit and fuelled by the demand there's no dearth of TWS earphones at different price range. Though the primary function of TWS earphones are to output what is available to the phone speaker via bluetooth to the in-ear earphones, some of the available tech can be used to enable hearing aid features.</div><div><br></div><div>Hearing aid features such as audio amplification can be enabled via the combination of mic in the earphones and audio processing in the app. Ambient noise cancellation can be enabled in the same way, giving us a quiet ambience on demand when we need to focus. All these without any prejudice which comes from wearing hearing aids.</div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/22-enabling-hearing-aid-features-on-tws-earphones-audio-hearingaid 22 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 15:03:00 +0000 Deep Fake video detection #FakeNews #MachineLearning Deep Fake <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ54GDm1eL0">video</a>&nbsp;is where the facial expression, <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37899902">speech</a>&nbsp;of the person shown in the video aren't real and is computer generated using Machine Learning. This has profound consequences on how we validate the content, accelerating the fake news problem and even affecting the legal system in the countries which accept videos as evidence.<div><br></div><div>Imagine a video showing leader of a country discussing pre-emptive strike on another country, only that content of the video is not real but an ultra realistic deep fake video, but in the age of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias">confirmation bias</a>; we cannot expect people to validate everything they see or hear (if that was possible, fake news problem wouldn't exist in first place).</div><div><br></div><div>There are <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/20">ethical use cases for deep fake video</a>&nbsp;but there would be no stopping to exploitation of the deep fake tech for nefarious means. Hence there is a need gap for building tools which can be integrated in the systems for validating information.</div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/21-deep-fake-video-detection-fakenews-machinelearning 21 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 14:17:00 +0000 Deep Fake video generating SW for ethical usage #DeepFake #MachineLearning Deep Fake <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ54GDm1eL0">video</a>&nbsp;is where the facial expression, <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37899902">speech</a>&nbsp;of the person shown in the video aren't real and is computer generated using Machine Learning. Though the generation of deep fake videos fairly simple with right ML tools and setup, it is not yet available as a commercial grade software; though <a href="https://www.ohadf.com/projects/text-based-editing/">it may change soon</a>.<div><br></div><div>There's lot of controversy surrounding deep fake videos for right reasons, as it could accelerate the Fake News/ Misinformation problem, but this need gap is for the ethical usage of deep fake (needs better name?) videos.</div><div><br></div><div>Online video consumption is growing at unprecedented rate, people spend inordinate amount of time (6hrs-8hrs/week) watching videos. Traditional content formats such as text, has already fallen out of favour. For someone who cannot indulge in the physical effort of creating videos can only rely upon deep fake video tech to generate video for them when a script is fed to it.</div><div><br></div><div>Besides, deep fake videos can save video production cost for all.</div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/20-deep-fake-video-generating-sw-for-ethical-usage-deepfake-machinelearning 20 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 12:39:00 +0000 Transparent property pricing via AR #RealEstate #AugmentedReality I want to capture a property (land/house) on the smartphone camera, it's estimated price, features should be overlaid on the property using Augmented Reality. This can avoid brokers, exaggerated pricing, time consumption and get the value of any property in real-time.<div><br></div><div>I guess this needs to be done by using the data, estimates available with the government and on-ground surveys but I leave the implementation/solution discussion to the comments.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need gap for transparent property pricing via AR.</div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/19-transparent-property-pricing-via-ar-realestate-augmentedreality 19 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 12:07:00 +0000 Why something is trending on the social networks #socialnetworks #information I'm not constantly hooked to social networks, but when I do occasionally use it; I find some topic trending but unable to find the reason until I put some reasonable amount of time in searching for it.<div><br></div><div>I think there is a need gap for a service which shows what is trending, where and why is it trending as well in one single place. Please let me know if there is any such service already.</div> 2 points posted by Shabeer Ahmed /problems/18-why-something-is-trending-on-the-social-networks-socialnetworks-information 18 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 07:13:00 +0000 Skin care cosmetics irrespective of skin colour #skincare #india <p>This could be an India specific need gap, I would like to have skin care products which doesn't pitch on making skin fairer but just helps with skin care irrespective of the skin colour.</p><div>Almost every major cosmetic brand in India is pitching on making skin fairer indulging in extremely false advertising, while rest of the developed world has moved on to skin care products. Skin care is the largest growing segment of the cosmetic industry in the western countries.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need gap for skin care products in India, which doesn't advertise about skin colour but about improving, maintaining quality of the skin whatever colour it may be.</div> 2 points posted by Ellakiya Raju /problems/17-skin-care-cosmetics-irrespective-of-skin-colour-skincare-india 17 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 06:59:00 +0000 Wearable low latency display for computers #display #wearables I want computer output to be displayed as stereo vision on my eye glasses, just like any external monitor. This would be indispensable for anyone with accessibility issues and could improve productivity for even those without any medical issues if they want to operate their computer while lying flat on the bed.<div><br></div><div>When I was confined to the bed during recovery from debilitating surgery, I scoured for such a device which could help display computer output to my eyes while I lay on the bed but couldn't fine one which fills this need gap.</div><div><br></div><div>There are devices which advertise to fulfil such requirement, but fails to deliver their intended purpose. There are wired attachments to eye glasses, which project output from HDMI, but these are limited by resolution of the output and doesn't offer stereo vision i.e. it works on the single eye. There are full-fledged stereo vision glasses which display certain media services, web browser, FPV video feed as Picture-In-Picture (PIP) but not direct output from the computer.</div><div><br></div><div>Display and stereo vision optics technologies have grown exponentially thanks to VR, wireless wearable low latency display need gap should be fulfilled.<br></div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/16-wearable-low-latency-display-for-computers-display-wearables 16 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 06:26:00 +0000 At which point in the video, users pressed like #analytics #video 'Likes' are the current social currency and are integral part of the online video hosting sites like Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook etc. We can see the number of likes on the video, but we don't know at which point in the video users pressed the like button.<div><br></div><div>If the user likes are represented as some form of distribution graph overlaid at the bottom of the videos, we can skip to that part of the video directly if needed i.e. skipping to the good part of the video instantaneously.</div><div><br></div><div>Thinking about this, skipping to the good part of the video might be exactly the reason why the video hosting sites don't provide this feature as it could be used to skip Ads; then again Ads could be inserted right at the most liked segment of the video nor that I favour such practices or that it is not already happening.</div><div><br></div><div>But, this might further add up to the problem of limited attention, instant gratification as people might just watch only the most liked part.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need gap for enabling public 'Like' analytics for videos by the video hosting sites. If you agree with this need gap, do share your opinion and let the video hosting sites listen to you.</div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/15-at-which-point-in-the-video-users-pressed-like-analytics-video 15 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 05:24:00 +0000 Making books interactive via AR and VR #books #AugmentedReality Imagine for a moment, the world as imagined by J.R.R Tolkien, George R.R Martin, H.G. Wells etc. coming to life before our eyes when the pages of 'The Lord of the Rings' or 'A Song of Ice and Fire' or 'The War of the Worlds' etc. are seen via smartphone or via Virtual Reality headsets.<div><br></div><div>I feel, we can breathe a new life to the even century old fictional books by making use of the advancement of the Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies. The authors mentioned above are world builders first and authors next. Their worlds, deserves to be seen with fresh technologies as and when it is available.</div><div><br></div><div>Besides, in the age of instant gratification and limited attention span an interactive experience when consuming content from the physical books should go in a long way to improve reading habits according to me. So, there seems to be need gap for AR, VR services which could make books interactive.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/14-making-books-interactive-via-ar-and-vr-books-augmentedreality 14 Sun, 01 Sep 2019 18:02:00 +0000 What part of movie is censored in my country #censorship #movies I feel censorship on a movie, is against the artistic freedom and against the freedom of expression by itself. In my opinion a film should be rated for its content, to watch it or not should be under the discretion of the adult who pays for it.<div><br></div><div>Unfortunately, not all countries respect the artistic freedom or freedom of expression itself and so international movies which gets released in these countries are censored for various reasons including but not limited to adult content, gore, violence, language, political etc.</div><div><br></div><div>Often, I find that the international movies which are subjected to censorship has discontinuity and the viewers are robbed of the complete experience which their peers from the countries where movies aren't censored get.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like to know which part of the movie is censored, for what and how much does the scene(s) affect the continuity of the movie, so that I can decide whether I would want to spend my money in watching that movie in a theatre (or) should I wait for it to arrive in the Netflix or Amazon Prime or where ever the uncensored version of the movie is available.</div> 2 points posted by Yogesh Basu /problems/13-what-part-of-movie-is-censored-in-my-country-censorship-movies 13 Sun, 01 Sep 2019 16:56:00 +0000 Identifying letter O from 0 and vice versa #typography #web Often I come across a situation on the web where I have to spend time deciphering whether the character is English alphabet O or the number 0 but almost always get it wrong. Due to seemingly unlimited number of fonts on the web, websites especially one involving some random alphanumeric codes often suffer from this issue.<div><br></div><div>I think, this is purposeful for captcha to deliberately put automated tools into misery; but this happens way too often with general text i.e those which are not in captcha as well.</div><div><br></div><div>I would like to have some kind of tool, which helps me differentiate 0 from O and vice versa on demand.</div> 2 points posted by Jack Ward /problems/12-identifying-letter-o-from-0-and-vice-versa-typography-web 12 Sun, 01 Sep 2019 12:24:00 +0000 Optimum ambient temperature control in offices #temperaturecontrol #airconditioner Each individual has their own preferred ambient temperature, this becomes a problem in the offices where individual temperature control is often not possbile and this leaves employees wanting higher or lower temperature than what's set.<div><br></div><div>This is especially bad for women, research shows that <a href="https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/why-do-women-feel-the-cold-more-than-men/">women feel more cold than men</a> and so in an office with more men than women; temperature control issues are obvious.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need gap for a product/service which takes individual temperature preference from each employee in the air-conditioning zone and sets the optimum temperature for that zone. This product/service should take into consideration, the weather and other variable factors and provide optimum temperature automatically.</div><div><br></div><div>I think this could also benefit the employers in power savings, improve productivity apart from the obvious well-being of the employees.</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/11-optimum-ambient-temperature-control-in-offices-temperaturecontrol-airconditioner 11 Sun, 01 Sep 2019 06:14:00 +0000 Number of rings during missed call in smartphone #phonecall #alerts Only way to differentiate between a missed call and an accidental call is the number of times the phone rang i.e. one who really called would likely wait till the end of all rings and the one who dialled by accident would likely end the call as soon as it is found.<div><br></div><div>So, if the missed call alert shows the number of rings (or) the duration of the rings then it would be easier to asses whether someone really tried to call me or was it just an accidental call.</div><div><br></div><div>I think, this would be a useful feature to have and hence there is a need gap for such a feature.</div> 4 points posted by Purohit Jaikumar /problems/10-number-of-rings-during-missed-call-in-smartphone-phonecall-alerts 10 Sat, 31 Aug 2019 18:08:00 +0000 Decentralized dating platform #privacy #dating Current dating platforms in-spite of collecting large amounts of data on its individuals, fails to provide optimum results as I think its algorithms are tuned for In-App purchases rather than perfect match.<div><br></div><div>What I would like to have is an app on smartphone which doesn't connect to a central server but connects to other smartphones with the app. I would load all my dating preferences, down to the minutest detail without fear of judgement or prejudice in the app and when the app notices similar preferences in another smartphone it'll notify me.</div><div><br></div><div>So, in a party, in an event, social gathering, community service I can meet interesting people without even having to start a conversion albeit not having to compromise on my privacy.</div><div><br></div><div>Hence, there is a need gap for such decentralized dating platforms.</div> 2 points posted by Bakshara /problems/9-decentralized-dating-platform-privacy-dating 9 Sat, 31 Aug 2019 12:44:00 +0000 Realtime accent changer without changing voice #language #education Learning and speaking a foreign language is easier when compared to mastering the accent of a native speaker. Many, who have thought to have mastery of a foreign language have found that the native speaker of that language don't understand them due to the accent.<div><br></div><div>Accent is the manner of pronunciation peculiar to a particular individual, location or nation. Mastering the accent of the native speaker, reduces the friction in the communication between a native and non-native speaker of the same language.</div><div><br></div><div>There are numerous intuitive ways to learn foreign languages now a days, including mobile apps; but none I know of provides the native accent of a word or sentence in my own voice. I feel learning a language with native accent in our own voice would offer much more complete experience.</div><div><br></div><div>Hence, there is a need gap for a service which takes in our voice and plays back audio of a word or sentence in a language and accent of our choosing. Please do share your experiences on this problem and possible solutions.</div> 2 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/8-realtime-accent-changer-without-changing-voice-language-education 8 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 16:02:00 +0000 Simulation Sickness in VR and First Person games #VirtualReality #motionsickness <div>Anyone who's into Virtual Reality or First Person games or realistic simulations (pilot training) would have faced simulation sickness i.e. motion sickness w.r.t display causing nausea. Some report facing it on smartphones/tablets too.</div><div><br></div><div>It is believed that it happens as our brain receives the perception that we are moving due to the feedback received from our eyes (from screen) but our vestibular system (or inner ear) doesn't detect any movement; This conflict makes triggers an evolutionary response to throw up because it could have been due to something we have eaten.</div><div><br></div><div>Research is being done to confirm the reason for why it happens, but it is confirmed that it happens. Little research done on the subject suggest that the vast majority of us can acclimatise to the disembodied motion of games, but some noticeable percentage of people either never fully acclimate or do so very slowly.</div><div><br></div><div>With the towering rise of the VR applications, simulation sickness has become a major bottleneck and hence exists a need gap. Perhaps the solution for simulation sickness could have greater application for motion sickness in general such as during air/sea travel.</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/7-simulation-sickness-in-vr-and-first-person-games-virtualreality-motionsickness 7 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 15:41:00 +0000 Safe, affordable and efficient mosquito control #pestcontrol #diseaseprevention Mosquitoes cause millions of deaths each year. Diseases borne by them such as Chikungunya, Zika, Dengue, West Nile virus, Malaria, Yellow fever claim its victims; especially children from underdeveloped and developing countries.<div><br></div><div>Worldwide incidence of dengue has risen 30-fold in the past 30 years, and more countries are reporting their first outbreaks of the disease due to re-emergence of mosquito vector viruses.</div><div><br></div><div>Current prevention techniques is focussed on reducing the adult mosquito populations, controlling mosquito larvae and protecting individuals from mosquito bites.</div><div><br></div><div>Mosquito population control revolves around the use of insecticides, introducing predators which feed on mosquitoes and educating the population to avoid creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes; this effort requires large undertaking by the government hence efficiency may vary.</div><div><br></div><div>Personal mosquito bite prevention techniques includes Insecticidal nets which affect the mobility, Electronic traps which don't work &amp; kill other useful insects, Co2 based traps which are expensive. Hence there's a need gap for affordable, efficient, mosquito control.</div> 5 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/6-safe-affordable-and-efficient-mosquito-control-pestcontrol-diseaseprevention 6 Mon, 26 Aug 2019 16:22:00 +0000 needgap, submit problems for startups to solve <div> <div> <div> <p>This post explains why we should focus on need gaps, how needgap platform helps with it and how entire startup community gains from this platform.</p> <h2>Startup Ideas</h2><p lang="en-US">A successful startup idea has just two parts, a problem which needs to be solved and a solution good enough that people having the problem would pay for it. Underestimating the need to validate the problem and its solution is the top most reason for a startup to fail, as they end up building something which nobody wants.<br></p><p lang="en-US"><br></p> <p lang="en-US">The primary reason being, overestimating a personal idea as a startup idea without clear understanding of a problem due to cognitive biases i.e. finding a problem to fit to what we think is a great startup idea; very often it is not.</p><p lang="en-US"><br></p> <p lang="en-US">This problem is very prevalent, contributing to startup failures at a phenomenal rate yet there is no viable solution for this <b>need gap</b>. Hence I am creating a platform aptly named needgap for anyone to post their need gap for finding or creating solutions which could become startup ideas.</p> <h2>What does it do</h2> <p lang="en-US">The needgap platform provides a way for consumers, entrepreneurs and startups to collaborate in validating problems and solve them by executing startup ideas. </p> <h2>How does it work</h2> <p lang="en-US"><b>A consumer</b>,&nbsp; can submit a problem which does not have a solution for them and hence there exists a need gap. Those who face that problem or know an existing solution for that problem can vote for the problem and discuss about it in the comments. </p><p lang="en-US"><br></p> <p lang="en-US"><b>An entrepreneur</b>, can submit a problem to validate it. One can participate in the discussions for creating solutions for a problem which could potentially become a startup idea.</p><p lang="en-US"><br></p> <p lang="en-US"><b>A startup</b>, can respond to a problem for which it has a solution or is building a solution. A startup can validate its solution to a problem by interacting directly with those who are facing the problem.</p> <h2>Design Philosophy</h2> <p lang="en-US">The needgap platform is designed with following philosophies ,</p> <ul type="disc"> <li lang="en-US"><b>Minimalist</b>, needgap is as easy to use like a note pad. Idea is that the user can submit a problem as and when they face it, without any friction.</li> <li lang="en-US"><b>Performant</b>, needgap is extremely fast. It uses fraction of the data needed to load a single image on most social networks for loading the entire application.</li> <li lang="en-US"><b>Flexible</b>, needgap can be used by people of different walks of life. The need gaps across different domains can be discussed on this platform seamlessly.</li> <li lang="en-US"><b>Cognitive</b>, needgap is a place for robust intellectual discussions which results in practical rewards. Though needgap is not a low attention span, instant gratification platform; it is designed to be engaging without wasting time or numbing the mind. It has a robust karma system, with upvote and downvote point system to enable this.</li> <li lang="en-US"><b>Private</b>, privacy and security are of utmost importance in needgap. Even email id is optional in the needgap platform. Passwords are encrypted, hashed and so no one other than you know your password.</li> </ul> <h2>Problems, not startup ideas are the first class citizen</h2> <p lang="en-US">By focusing on problems as the primary subject of discussion we are trying to eliminate the cognitive biases associated with discussing the startup ideas alone. Yet, the objective of needgap is for creating validated startup ideas to solve existing need gaps and create startups for executing it.</p> <h2>Etymology</h2> <p lang="en-US">The name 'needgap' is derived from need-gap analysis or gap analysis, which is a <a href="https://www.monash.edu/business/marketing/marketing-dictionary/n/need-gap-analysis">marketing/business term</a> for an approach to identifying the unmet needs of the customers.</p> <p lang="en-US">In this platform, 'needgap' indicates the platform itself and when used as two separate words 'need gap' or 'need-gap' signifies the term used for defining the existing gap which a startup could fulfil. </p> <p lang="en-US">In this platform, 'need gap' is when a problem doesn't have viable solution. So, when a user submits a problem which doesn't have a solution yet; it is a need gap. When a solution is created in comments, it has potential to become a startup idea.</p> <h2>It's FREE, has no Ads, so what's in it for me</h2> <p lang="en-US">The needgap platform is completely free and I would like to keep it like that. I have vested interest in eliminating frequent points of failures in entrepreneurs and startups; hence I am building tools such as needgap and noiseless medium for coaching startups like <a href="https://hitstartup.com">hitstartup</a>. </p> <h2>How do I start</h2> <p lang="en-US"><b>I have a problem, I wish a startup should solve </b>: Head on to <a href="https://needgap.com">needgap.com</a>, register, search whether the need gap has already been listed and submit a need gap. Make sure you add needgap to your home screen for using it as and when you find a need gap.</p> <p lang="en-US"><b>I have a problem, for which I wish to build a solution</b>: Validate the problem by submitting it on needgap.com. </p> <p lang="en-US"><b>I am facing a problem, which another needgap user has submitted</b>: Vote on that need gap and comment on your opinion. You need karma to vote, contribute via comment on some existing need gaps to gain karma(read <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/2-contributor-guidelines-for-needgap">contributior guidelines</a>).</p> <p lang="en-US"><b>I found a comment on the needgap, which accurately offers a solution to the problem</b>: Vote on that comment and reply your opinion. But you would need karma to vote, please read the previous point.</p> <p lang="en-US"><b>I have a solution for a need gap</b>: Go to needgap.com, use the search feature to locate the need gap and comment your solution to validate it. </p> <p lang="en-US"><b>I know a startup with solution for a need gap</b>: Comment about the startup and its solution to the problem in the needgap.com.</p> <p lang="en-US"><b>I found a needgap in the wild, how to participate in it</b>: You might see a needgap in the wild when someone shares a need gap from the needgap.com online. You can either click on it to participate or scan the QR code in the featured image with your favourite QR code scanner on your smart phone for accessing it in mobile.</p> </div> </div> </div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/5-needgap-submit-problems-for-startups-to-solve 5 Sun, 25 Aug 2019 16:49:00 +0000 Privacy policy for needgap platform <p>Privacy and security of the users on the needgap platform is of utmost importance to me; This is resonated through out the design of this platform.</p> <p><br></p><h1 class="entry-title main_title">Privacy Policy</h1><div class="entry-content"> <h2>Who we are</h2> <p>Our website address is: https://needgap.com.</p> <h2>What personal data we collect and why we collect it</h2> <h2>Email (optional)</h2><div>Email is optionally entered by the user while registering (or) later via profile settings. Email is used for sending password reset emails, notifications regarding user user activity such as receiving a comment for their post or reply for their comment, notifications regarding their account and occasional information about the platform. The notifications can be disabled in the profile settings.</div><div><br></div><div>Email can be removed in the profile settings, but password reset will not be possible if the user forgets their password and there will be no notifications regarding their posts or comments.</div> <h2></h2> <h2>Analytics and Tracking Technologies</h2><div><br></div><div>We use analytics on this platform to determine the statistics of the problems, startup ideas discussed in-order to better serve the needgap users.</div> <p>We may, and we may allow third party service providers to, use cookies or similar technologies to collect information about your browsing activities over time and across different websites following your use of the Site. For example, we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyze how users use the Site and enhance your experience when you use the Site. For more information on how Google uses this data, go to <a href="https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/">www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/</a>.</p> <p>On most web browsers, you will find a “help” section on the toolbar. Please refer to this section for information on how to receive notification when you are receiving a new cookie and how to turn cookies off. We recommend that you leave cookies turned on because they allow you to take advantage of some of the Site’s&nbsp;features.</p> <p>Our Site currently does not respond to “Do Not Track” (DNT) signals and operates as described in this Privacy Policy whether or not a DNT signal is received. If we do so in the future, we will describe how we do so in this Privacy&nbsp;Policy.</p> <p><b>Advertising related features of Google Analytics are disabled by default on this platform.</b></p> <h3>Cookies</h3> <p>When you login to the needgap platform, your session is stored in the cookies. This are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you want to post a problem or leave a comment. These cookies will last for 1 week.</p> <p>If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.</p> <p>Google analytics uses cookies to do its work as detailed in the above section.</p> <h3>Embedded content from other websites</h3> <p>Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.</p> <p>These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.</p> <h2>Concerns</h2> <p>If you have any concerns regarding the privacy policy, please email to&nbsp;abishek@ this domain.</p></div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/4-privacy-policy-for-needgap-platform 4 Sun, 25 Aug 2019 06:23:00 +0000 Meta Discussion for needgap platform <div> <div> <div> <p lang="en-US">We can discuss needgap platform's existing features, changes, feature requests in this page. Thoughtful discussions about the platform are welcome.</p><p lang="en-US"><br></p> <p lang="en-US"><b>Do's</b>: </p><p lang="en-US">Ask queries about existing features of needgap platform after exploring it.</p> <p lang="en-US"><b>Do's</b>: </p><p lang="en-US">Suggest features for needgap platform after due diligence, but remember all feature requests cannot be entertained.</p><p lang="en-US">Report general User Interface/ User Experience bugs here. If the bug occurs after a specific change made to the platform, report the bug by replying to the specific comment mentioning the change.</p> <p lang="en-US"> </p> <p lang="en-US"><b>Don't</b>:</p><p lang="en-US">Complain about users, mail to the moderators regarding policy violations.</p> <p lang="en-US">Comment on anything out of context from needgap platform here.</p> <p lang="en-US">Report security vulnerabilities in this thread, please <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/2#contact">mail</a> to the moderators regarding security vulnerabilities. Responsible disclosures are welcomed via mail.</p> <p lang="en-US"> </p> </div> </div> </div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/3-meta-discussion-for-needgap-platform 3 Sun, 25 Aug 2019 05:47:00 +0000 Contributor Guidelines for needgap <div> <div> <div> <p>Please read and follow the contributor guidelines to sustain the quality of the needgap platform and for the wellbeing of the startup community.</p> <h2>Language</h2> <p>English is the only supported language of the needgap platform currently. All contributions are required to be in English. </p> <h2>Contributing Problem Title<br></h2> <p><b>Do</b>&nbsp;post problem, your problem, problem faced by you which doesn't have a solution and hence exists a need gap.</p> <p>It's encouraged to reduce the problem to its fundamental level in the title i.e. the problem title shouldn't be reasonably broken down further into another problem. Please use the search feature to search for a problem to check whether it has been posted earlier, if so please contribute your opinion on that problem in its comment section instead of submitting the same problem.</p> <p>Post hashtags along with the problem title, representing the problem domain and the target country if its applicable only to a specific country (or) #worldwide.</p> <p><b>Don't</b> post startup ideas as problem title, A problem should include only the need gap for which a solution becomes the startup idea. Solutions should be discussed only in the comment section.</p> <p><b>Don't</b>&nbsp;post jokes, memes, politics, religion, meta-discussion, drama about personalities or moderation on this platform or others. Also please don't flood the platform with submissions of your favourite thing - one post per topic should be sufficient, and respect the dupe filter.</p> <p><b>Don't</b> self promote in the needgap, please use the profile section to tell others about yourself.</p> <p>Please be aware of the character limitations in the problem title. </p> <h2>Contributing&nbsp;Problem Description</h2> <p><b>Do</b>&nbsp;explain the problem succinctly in the description section. It is encouraged to explain how the problem affects you and why the existing solutions if any doesn't work for you. </p> <p><b>Don't</b> post startup ideas as problem description, A problem should include only the need gap for which a solution is needed. Possible solutions should only be discussed in the comment section. </p> <p>Use the link feature to include factual sources to support your statements.</p> <p>Please be aware of the character limitations in the problem description. </p> <p><br></p> <h2>Sharing Problem</h2><div><b>Do</b> share your problem once submitted or other problems you find interesting to those who might face it or have some opinion on it.</div><div><br></div><div><b>Don't</b> share the problem with your close friends and family unless they face the problem or have some opinion on it, to avoid bias in validation.</div> <a name="comments"></a> <h2>Contributing&nbsp;Comments</h2> <p><b>Do</b> comment existing solutions for the problem if any exists, else discuss about possible solutions for the need gap. </p> <p><b>Do</b> discuss about the viability of the solutions for a startup idea in the comments.</p> <p>When commenting, please try to imagine you are in a face to face conversation with the person you are talking to or about - respect their point of view, even if you vehemently disagree with it. Comments violating the rules will be downvoted, flagged or as a last resort removed. Comments under your name will never be edited by admins, but they may be removed for spam or trolling.</p> <p>Some guidelines on comments:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>First, do no harm - always be thoughtful, constructive and respectful.</li> <li>Do post questions, even if you feel they might be dumb ones.</li> <li>Do respond positively to questions, even if you feel they are dumb.</li> <li>Do be charitable - assume best intentions, and try to understand those you disagree with.</li> <li>Do stay on topic.</li> <li>Do try to contribute something substantial - one-word comments are rarely interesting.</li> <li>Don't use 'You' in the comments unless absolutely necessary.</li> <li>Don't&nbsp;be snarky or nasty to others.</li> <li>Don't&nbsp;use name-calling, this is the&nbsp;lowest form of argument.</li> <li>Don't&nbsp;make personal comments about others, their motivations, or their integrity. If you disagree do so calmly and politely and directly to them.</li> <li>Don't&nbsp;complain about moderation, downvotes or groupthink. Reach out to the moderators via the contact below for grievances.</li> <li>Don't&nbsp;spam or post duplicates deliberately</li> <li>Don't&nbsp;call for mob justice, boycotts or post personal data.</li> </ul> <p>When offering criticism, make sure you fully back it up and try to see the reasons why certain decisions you disagree with were made.</p> <h2>Editing</h2> <p>Problems and comments can be edited only within 1 hour and 3 hours of posting respectively. When editing, you are encouraged to follow it up with the reason for the edit. </p> <h2>Voting</h2> <p>Guidelines on voting:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Do upvote problems which you face yourself and/or think that it needs to be solved by a startup.</li> <li>Do upvote comments which contribute to the conversation and suggest solutions which can become startup ideas.</li> <li>Do downvote negative comments and those not contributing to the conversation.</li> <li>Do downvote problems or comments which doesn't follow the contributing guidelines.</li> <li>Do be aware downvoting costs karma (1 point per downvote) - use it sparingly.</li> <li>Don't downvote comments if you strongly disagree with them or feel they are wrong, reply to the comment on why you disagree or feel they are wrong.</li> <li>Don't&nbsp;ask others to upvote/downvote or brigade votes, or try to downvote everything someone says.</li> <li>Don't&nbsp;try to spam votes in any way.</li> </ul> <p>If you think a comment has been downvoted unfairly, or have detected cheating, don't complain in the comments, use the moderation contact below.</p> <p><br></p> <h2>Karma</h2> <p>Karma system is designed to sustain quality of the needgap platform.</p> <p>Karma of a user is based on the points accumulated by the user in the needgap platform. The karma accumulated by the user is shown besides the user name.</p> <a name="karma"></a> <p>Karma thresholds: </p> <ul type="disc"> <li>1 point is required for submitting problems and comments.</li> <li>2 points are required to upvote.</li> <li>20 points are required to downvote.</li> <li>30 points are required to style text in comments.</li> <li>50 points are required to flag.</li> </ul> <p>Karma lost when using downvote:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>-1 point when using downvote.</li> </ul> <p>When Karma of the user becomes lesser than 1, the user looses the ability to post anything on the needgap platform.</p> <h2>Meta comments</h2> <p>If you have comments on how the platform works or suggestions for features, you can post them on&nbsp;needgap <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/3-meta-discussion-for-needgap-platform">Meta Discussion</a>&nbsp;or email the moderators using the details below. </p> <a name="contact"></a> <h2>Contact</h2> <p>Please contact abishek@ this domain if you just want to say hello, or to report spam or posts violating the above rules.</p> </div> </div> </div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/2-contributor-guidelines-for-needgap 2 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 06:00:00 +0000 Open-source softwares used in needgap platform needgap uses the following open-source projects built by wonderful people. The respective projects and their licenses are as follows.<div><br></div><div><a href="https://github.com/kennygrant/gohackernews/">gohackernews</a> by Kenny Grant under following license.</div><div><br></div><div><pre>The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2015 Mechanism Design Ltd Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE. </pre></div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://github.com/skip2/go-qrcode">go-qrcode</a> by skip2 under following license.</div><div><br></div><div><pre>Copyright (c) 2014 Tom Harwood Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.</pre><pre><br></pre><pre><a href="https://github.com/golang/freetype">Freetype-Go</a> by Golang under following license.</pre><pre>Freetype-Go is derived from Freetype, which is written in C. Freetype is copyright 1996-2010 David Turner, Robert Wilhelm, and Werner Lemberg. Freetype-Go is copyright The Freetype-Go Authors, who are listed in the AUTHORS file. Unless otherwise noted, the Freetype-Go source files are distributed under the BSD-style license found in the LICENSE file.</pre><pre>Freetype is under following license.</pre><pre> The FreeType Project LICENSE ---------------------------- 2006-Jan-27 Copyright 1996-2002, 2006 by David Turner, Robert Wilhelm, and Werner Lemberg Introduction ============ The FreeType Project is distributed in several archive packages; some of them may contain, in addition to the FreeType font engine, various tools and contributions which rely on, or relate to, the FreeType Project. This license applies to all files found in such packages, and which do not fall under their own explicit license. The license affects thus the FreeType font engine, the test programs, documentation and makefiles, at the very least. This license was inspired by the BSD, Artistic, and IJG (Independent JPEG Group) licenses, which all encourage inclusion and use of free software in commercial and freeware products alike. As a consequence, its main points are that: o We don't promise that this software works. However, we will be interested in any kind of bug reports. (`as is' distribution) o You can use this software for whatever you want, in parts or full form, without having to pay us. (`royalty-free' usage) o You may not pretend that you wrote this software. If you use it, or only parts of it, in a program, you must acknowledge somewhere in your documentation that you have used the FreeType code. (`credits') We specifically permit and encourage the inclusion of this software, with or without modifications, in commercial products. We disclaim all warranties covering The FreeType Project and assume no liability related to The FreeType Project. Finally, many people asked us for a preferred form for a credit/disclaimer to use in compliance with this license. We thus encourage you to use the following text: """ Portions of this software are copyright Š &lt;year&gt; The FreeType Project (www.freetype.org). All rights reserved. """ Please replace &lt;year&gt; with the value from the FreeType version you actually use. Legal Terms =========== 0. Definitions -------------- Throughout this license, the terms `package', `FreeType Project', and `FreeType archive' refer to the set of files originally distributed by the authors (David Turner, Robert Wilhelm, and Werner Lemberg) as the `FreeType Project', be they named as alpha, beta or final release. `You' refers to the licensee, or person using the project, where `using' is a generic term including compiling the project's source code as well as linking it to form a `program' or `executable'. This program is referred to as `a program using the FreeType engine'. This license applies to all files distributed in the original FreeType Project, including all source code, binaries and documentation, unless otherwise stated in the file in its original, unmodified form as distributed in the original archive. If you are unsure whether or not a particular file is covered by this license, you must contact us to verify this. The FreeType Project is copyright (C) 1996-2000 by David Turner, Robert Wilhelm, and Werner Lemberg. All rights reserved except as specified below. 1. No Warranty -------------- THE FREETYPE PROJECT IS PROVIDED `AS IS' WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT WILL ANY OF THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE, OF THE FREETYPE PROJECT. 2. Redistribution ----------------- This license grants a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to use, execute, perform, compile, display, copy, create derivative works of, distribute and sublicense the FreeType Project (in both source and object code forms) and derivative works thereof for any purpose; and to authorize others to exercise some or all of the rights granted herein, subject to the following conditions: o Redistribution of source code must retain this license file (`FTL.TXT') unaltered; any additions, deletions or changes to the original files must be clearly indicated in accompanying documentation. The copyright notices of the unaltered, original files must be preserved in all copies of source files. o Redistribution in binary form must provide a disclaimer that states that the software is based in part of the work of the FreeType Team, in the distribution documentation. We also encourage you to put an URL to the FreeType web page in your documentation, though this isn't mandatory. These conditions apply to any software derived from or based on the FreeType Project, not just the unmodified files. If you use our work, you must acknowledge us. However, no fee need be paid to us. 3. Advertising -------------- Neither the FreeType authors and contributors nor you shall use the name of the other for commercial, advertising, or promotional purposes without specific prior written permission. We suggest, but do not require, that you use one or more of the following phrases to refer to this software in your documentation or advertising materials: `FreeType Project', `FreeType Engine', `FreeType library', or `FreeType Distribution'. As you have not signed this license, you are not required to accept it. However, as the FreeType Project is copyrighted material, only this license, or another one contracted with the authors, grants you the right to use, distribute, and modify it. Therefore, by using, distributing, or modifying the FreeType Project, you indicate that you understand and accept all the terms of this license. 4. Contacts ----------- There are two mailing lists related to FreeType: o freetype@nongnu.org Discusses general use and applications of FreeType, as well as future and wanted additions to the library and distribution. If you are looking for support, start in this list if you haven't found anything to help you in the documentation. o freetype-devel@nongnu.org Discusses bugs, as well as engine internals, design issues, specific licenses, porting, etc. Our home page can be found at http://www.freetype.org --- end of FTL.TXT ---</pre></div> 1 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/1-open-source-softwares-used-in-needgap-platform 1 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 05:20:00 +0000