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. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 23:55:00 +0000 Inexpensive secure home network routers #computernetwork #Internet Inexpensive home routers available on <a href="https://cybernews.com/security/walmart-exclusive-routers-others-made-in-china-contain-backdoors-to-control-devices/">Amazon, Walmart, eBay</a> are riddled with security vulnerabilities which allows a remote attacker to take control over the device and get inside our home network.<div><br></div><div>People buy these routers because they are inexpensive and very easy to setup but has to pay much more once hacked. Secure home routers from reputed brands which receive regular updates are expensive or DIY home routers are hard to setup for an average person.</div><div><br></div><div>There is a need gap for inexpensive secure home network routers which are easy to setup.</div> 1 points posted by Trevor Richmond /problems/172-inexpensive-secure-home-network-routers-computernetwork-internet 172 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 06:18:00 +0000 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 Identifying myself from random Internet videos #video #Internet I was checking out a random Youtube video the other day and for a pleasant surprise I was there in it. It was tourist video and I was standing outside a shop when I was captured in the video. I thought it would be nice for other strangers in the video to identify themselves in the video as well.<div><br></div><div>Then I thought, wouldn't it be cool if anyone can identify themselves in the random Internet video when they want to. I searched for such solution but couldn't find any.</div><div><br></div><div>Since, it's common nowadays for anyone to shoot a video and upload it to the Internet; I think it would be great if there is a tool for identifying ourself in those videos.</div> 4 points posted by Angel Ruloph /problems/70-identifying-myself-from-random-internet-videos-video-internet 70 Tue, 07 Jan 2020 13:24:00 +0000 I forget my web bookmarks quite often. #internet #organizing Like the title says- I forget to check out my bookmarks. I often stumble across some really cool articles/blog posts which I often bookmark. But the next day, I totally forget about them. The bookmarking feature on most browsers isn't that user-friendly and I have over 500 bookmarks waiting to be re-opened again. Maybe some cool startup idea I found in a blog post or maybe some really cool product which I want to read more about later. It's almost like I need a reminder to reopen my bookmarks, but this feature isn't there on Chrome or Firefox. Just because of this, I have lost out on lots of cool information. 4 points posted by Sayan /problems/57-i-forget-my-web-bookmarks-quite-often.-internet-organizing 57 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:30:00 +0000 Non cellular network mobile Internet #Telecom #internet With Monopoly or Duopoly in the Telecom industry of most countries, the democracy of mobile Internet itself is under threat. There is a needgap to remove cellular network stack for mobile Internet completely.<div><br></div><div>Fortunately there is no need to reinvent the wheel, we have not been using cellular network for mobile Internet in our homes and offices for several years with WiFi. Long range WiFi hotspots outside our home/office can address this need gap as well.</div><div><br></div><div>The reason why&nbsp; long range WiFi hotspots haven't been fielded widely is due to the regulations concerning transmission power for radio, the transmission power required for long rage WiFi transmitter is prohibited in several countries. There are no such limitations on long range WiFi receivers.</div><div><br></div><div>A long range WiFi receiver accessory for smartphones/laptops with WiFi hotspots placed at algorithmically calculated optimal locations can address this problem.</div> 4 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/51-non-cellular-network-mobile-internet-telecom-internet 51 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 13:47:00 +0000 Sharing WiFi network with strangers for money #WiFi #Internet There is <a href="https://needgap.com/problems/51-non-cellular-network-mobile-internet-telecom-internet">need gap</a> for alternatives to mobile Internet via cellular network, the closest solution being WiFi hotspots. But, WiFi hotspots being run by monopolies doesn't protect the openness of the Internet.<div><br></div><div>Opening home, office, personal WiFi to the public without password protection addresses this, that's exactly what <a href="https://openwireless.org/">Open Wireless Movement</a>&nbsp;aimed to achieve with custom router firmware. But, goodwill alone rarely reaches scalability; how about sharing WiFi <b>for money</b>? I'm not the first to suggest that, <a href="https://www.opengarden.com/">OpenGarden</a>&nbsp;tried to do it in vain.</div><div><br></div><div>I'm quite certain that the above projects failed because of the need to run custom firmwares on WiFi routers, which is a large friction for homes/offices or individuals who don't know about it or have the right hardware. With the availability of cheaper network hardware, better open network software stack, I think the need gap for sharing WiFi with public for subscription commission can now be achieved.</div><div><br></div><div>How can we do it?</div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/52-sharing-wifi-network-with-strangers-for-money-wifi-internet 52 Sat, 23 Nov 2019 12:36:00 +0000