Patients with kidney failure go through many challenges in order to live normal lives. Our team is developing a laser-based therapy system to make the process of dialysis easier for patients, and to decrease the total number of surgeries they will need. Our system promotes wound healing, and will reduce the number of patients who need secondary surgeries by 50%.
Our team includes a Bioengineering PhD, Stanford MD, and Stanford Management Science & Engineering MS, partnered with multiple Stanford advisors. We have spent months working with vascular surgeons, dialysis clinic nurses, and patients, to understand how to solve problems that dialysis patients face daily. Currently, we are starting animal trials to show the efficacy of our device, and we need your help to bring our device to the clinic!
ZERO: The first sports bra company to adopt the zero-waste design concept. Currently, 15% of the total fabric used in the fashion industry is wasted. When garments are cut out of their patterns, it leads to hundreds of thousands of pounds of leftover scraps.
Zero-waste fashion design solves this issue. In this process, the pattern for a garment is designed in such a way that there is no fabric leftover after cutting. Designers are beginning to adopt this, but there are two current issues:
1. Designers often work separately from pattern makers, and so designers have little sense of how much waste is generated from their pattern.
2. Garments that do use zero-waste patterns often sacrifice unique, interesting designs for something more simple and geometric that fits more easily on a rectangular piece of fabric.
ZERO will reinvent the way that zero-waste fashion design is approached. When designing our sports bras, we will simultaneously design the pattern to keep designing and patternmaking under one roof. Secondly, we push boundaries to create zero-waste designs that still include eye-catching elements.
Our first sports bra, ZERO_1, is photographed above. This prototype is made from a single sheet of fabric where each piece is used, down to the handmade macrame detailing on the back. With funding, we hope to manufacture ZERO_1 and continue to create new zero-waste sports bra designs.
SportsDesk is a fantasy sports platform that tackles the shortcomings of traditional formats. Users can make trades around the clock and year round in a variety of sports categories.
We have been working on SportsDesk for the past few months and are part of the Cardinal Ventures accelerator. Our closed beta is on the near horizon.
The demand for an active fantasy sports experience is massive (per industry studies), but currently the closest thing is daily fantasy. We are excited to be the first truly live, real-time experience. There are 70 million fantasy football players in America, spending an average of $500 per year. This opportunity is substantial.
Our team has experience in fintech, the financial markets, and software development. In our free time, you can find us playing fantasy sports or tearing up the intramural football circuit. We are the team to make this happen. Help us continue to build this.
Too busy to go shopping? Use this app to make a shopping list and have someone else shop for you!
Heading to the supermarket? Want to make some extra cash? When you walk into a certain store, this app searches for shopping lists of other users near your home. If items on another shopping list can be bought in the store you are in, the app will notify you. Simply purchase these items (along with yours) and deliver them on your way home.
Want to pick up your high school language without spending time? FlipWord is an app that replaces a few words on every webpage to your desired language. Your casual online activities, such as browsing Facebook or checking Amazon reviews, are turned into a series of tiny interactive learning experiences, ranging from vocabulary to fun communication practice.
FlipWord allows you to customize your learning path, whether you are starting a new language or practicing your language skills on social media. Online language immersion through FlipWord promises daily progress towards your personal goals.
Millions of Americans feel completely disenfranchised from government and crave a way to engage painlessly with lawmaking. Legislators have no outdated means of receiving feedback from citizens and often struggle to represent them most effectively. ePluribus solves both problems at once and provides democracy with 21st century tools. It is a web and mobile platform that allows people to easily access documents of political interest (e.g. legislation, summaries of legislation, and news articles), to annotate those documents with comments, and to vote on one another's comments.
ePluribus then returns data and analytics directly to legislators, strengthening the connection between representatives and their constituents, helping lawmakers craft more effective legislation, and allowing people to find common ground and make their voice heard in the political process. The platform is free to all people and to their representatives; it will effectively be subsidized by selling data to interested third parties (e.g. thinktanks, academic organizations, and media outlets).
Ever shown up at the pharmacy just to be told your prescription won’t be ready for another hour? Or worse, they don’t even have your prescription in stock? Or WORSE, the doctor never even faxed the prescription over?
With trackeRx, you have the option to track your prescription, just like your Domino’s pizza. You can see when your prescription is received, when it’s being processed, and when it’s ready for pickup. An estimated time of pickup will also be available. And all of this is conveniently integrated into the pharmacy/physician computer system, requiring little extra work on the part of pharmacists and nurses.
But what happens if they don’t have the prescription at one pharmacy, but they have it at another pharmacy down the block? Rather than going through the cumbersome process of calling the pharmacy and being put on hold, or even having to drive down to the pharmacy only to wait on line and be told that your prescription is not available, trackeRx gives individuals a portal for more complex commands and communication where they can talk directly with their pharmacists and nurses, ensuring the smoothest transition from doctor’s office to pharmacy to home.
Founders: Tina Jiang, Andrew Blum, Alessandra Blanco
Staccato aims to be the leading online platform for music learning and performance sharing for learners of all ages and skill levels as well as educators of great repute. Music learning has become more widespread than ever before, with more parents and students coming to realise the positive effects that music has on neurophysiological distinction among other cognitive benefits. However, teaching has not kept pace with a spike in interest: many students remain unable to afford tuition, or come out of their lessons a product of a rigid teaching method.
Staccato encourages the open and cross-cultural exchange of music learning across all genres of music: from classical to pop, and from jazz to musical theatre. The platform is structured according to geographical region, genre of music, and instrument. Registered users with either anonymous or Facebook-linked profiles upload audio or video clips of their progress to a thread tracking their learning of a particular song or piece of music.
Profiles specify a number of details about each user, including their credentials (professor of music, amateur learner, enthusiast, etc.) In response, others leave constructive criticism and feedback as comments at precise time markers of the upload. Comments may be up- or down-voted by users based on helpfulness and quality of advice.
With progress made on music, Staccato will eventually facilitate the organising of student performances based on geographical location. The entire process will help condition learners to performance anxiety while giving them novel opportunities. Staccato will lead to an open and global exchange of ideas on the interpretation and learning of music.
Picture LinkedIn-meets-America's Got Talent.
Spotlike Inc. (spotlike.com) is a social media app that incentivizes users to post their talent-based content online for an opportunity to connect with agencies/employers that could take their talents to the next level!
At Spotlike, we truly believe that everyone has talent, but not everyone has the opportunity. Social media is the tool that can bridge the gap for these individuals. Often times, résumés do not fully paint a complete image of an individual's talents and capabilities. It's time we broaden the job market by connecting these gifted users with the chance to pursue their dreams.
The app specifically targets young users with untapped potential by providing fun location-based challenges that users can participate in! Anyone can start a competition, and start uncovering the talents of the people that they know. It's a chance for people to show what they're good at, rather than simply claiming it. Spotlike provides a tool for users who feel ostracized within their schools to display their individual capabilities and potentially open new opportunities to further develop their talents.
In the United States, extreme weather events such as hurricanes disrupt electricity services to thousands of households annually. Elsewhere in the world, tsunamis, earthquakes, and conflict can damage existing grids, knocking out electricity for millions. In these communities, restoring power can be laborious or time-intensive.
Responding to these challenges, the Emergency PV System was conceived. The device is a standalone photovoltaic power system, its perks including rapid deployment, simple operation, and reusability. Each unit packs 20 square meters of photovoltaic panels into a one-meter airdrop crate, that is designed to be deployed from aircraft. This ensures immediate response time to disasters as they happen. Once on the ground, the system requires minimal setup, operational within one hour of delivery.
Under normal circumstances, the system can generate 12 kWh of electricity per day. A single unit can restore basic electricity services to several households. Many units would be needed to service larger neighborhoods or towns.
Potential clients include FEMA, the United Nations, the Red Cross, the US Army &c, and other national or international emergency relief organizations.
How do you become fluent in a new language? Practicing with native speakers. It is a well-known fact among educators that when students get to use their foreign languages in the real world, not only do they become more proficient, but they also further their knowledge of the cultures surrounding those languages in a genuine, relevant way.
But schools have very few ways for their students to meet native speakers - if any. Foreign exchange programs are expensive, tedious to organize, and not available to many. Meanwhile, current websites to meet language partners allow anyone on the Internet to join, putting students in unsafe situations.
Worldly is a language exchange site designed specifically for high schools and colleges. With Worldly, students practice their new languages with other students around the world at verified schools. For example, students learning French in San Francisco can play language games with students learning English in Paris. The students get to practice their foreign languages with native speakers using both spoken and written exercises, gaining new friends and experiencing new cultures in the process.
It's the Friday before Frosh Formal. Katherine, an unfortunate Stanford freshman, is too broke to buy a new dress and doesn't have the time to go asking around her dorm. What does she do?
The Answer: pick up her phone, swipe through her friend’s closet, and request a dress.
Closet Share is an item-sharing app that facilitates easy and efficient borrowing of clothing between friends. Simply:
· Add clothing to a digital wardrobe
· Organize items by brand, style, size, color etc.;
· Connect with friends to Closet Share
Closet Share makes borrowing clothing both convenient and efficient:
· Request available items
· Specify borrowing duration and restrictions
· Get alerted to pickups or drop-offs
· Keep track of who has your clothing
· Receive Credibility points for respectful borrowing and sharing
Best of all, you get easy access to awesome clothing for free!
To add another dimension, Closet Share will go on to recommend sponsored apparel available for purchase based on user style and borrowing preferences. Additional partnerships will feature celebrity closets as well as spotlighting certain brands. In app purchases may include Credibility points to incentivize acceptance of requests as well as greater closet customization.
We are five extremely driven and passionate Stanford undergraduates. Our team, affiliated with the Stanford Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society, is currently prototyping interface designs and features through the undergraduate community. We consider our target users to be young adults from the ages of 16 to 24. Additionally, for the roughly 77 million American millennials, zero-waste, pre-worn, apparel borrowing options hold enormous appeal.
Our dream with Closet Share is to uncover a new world of open-share clothing possibilities. Please up vote to help us make this dream a reality!
Thank you for reading!
Rock climbing is the new squash among young professionals, amateur athletes, and outdoors-fanatics. It is a popular way to stay fit, challenge the body and mind, and stay hip with the millennial crowd – and its popularity keeps growing. The Outdoor Industry Association reports that climbing accounts for one third of all outdoor sports-related spending in the past year.
But the infrastructural barriers to this sport mean it can only grow as quickly as gyms can afford to build walls and people can afford memberships.
With the introduction of the Transportable Canvas Rock-climbing Wall (pithy name TBD), cash-strapped gyms and sports-enthusiasts alike can create their own personal climbing walls wherever they like. The high-tenacity ballistic nylon canvas wall can be hung or draped from almost anywhere to allow for climbing whenever the mood hits or season is right. Because it is a fabric, it can also be easily folded and stored away when necessary, meaning less risky infrastructural investment for gyms and a great new low-cost option to exercise at home for individuals.
#Throwback is an app that automatically organizes your daily, weekly or monthly highlights. It allows you to store and later share them as coherent streams of snapshots or 1-3 second snap-videos. It makes it all come together for you in an effortless, aesthetically pleasing and personal way.
#Throwback addresses a need that neither Snapchat nor Facebook have yet met. Otherwise scattered digital memories become effectively aggregated, a process that is not suggested by an algorithm, but pre-specified by the user - You.
#Throwback is like an endorphin rush. It gives you more than just bits and pieces of data - it grants you a visual narrative of your chosen period of time. What is otherwise hard to put into words for others becomes readily, coherently and meaningfully shareable.
Synchronized with Camera Roll to access relevant information, linked to Facebook Messenger to foster ultimate impression exchange between the „sharer“ and the „receiver“. With further developments in the domain of Deep Learning, #Throwback will likely offer an additional feature of verbal journaling.
Have you ever wanted to play a quick game of ball at your local park or community center, but had no one to play with? With Teammate, you can search the app for local community members and plan a quick game for any sport: basketball, soccer, baseball, frisbee, you name it! You have the option to send out requests or post your location to allow anyone to come and join you. If you’re looking for something a little more organized, you also have the option of setting up competitive tournaments or teams with other members nearby. Whether you’re just looking for a quick game, or a community wide-event, Teammate is the perfect platform to play games, make friends, and have fun!
Founders: Alessandra Blanco, Andrew Blum, Tina Jiang
Remember that uncomfortable feeling after you wash your hands, yet still have to touch the door handle on your way back from the restroom?
It makes you realize that no matter your own safe sanitary practices, you're health and sense of cleanliness are still dependent on folks not minding bacteria and dirt. #contagious #ewww
Thankfully, in a world of entrepreneurial acumen and technological advancement, a solution has come into existence. Grab&Clean is a self-sterilizing door handle, which potential lies in the power of UV light. Two optical phenomena - total internal reflection (TIR) and the evanescent field effect - lead to the total destruction of gems' DNA. This means a triumph of sanitation and unprecedented restroom satisfaction.
So if you tend to use public bathrooms (duuh, you do!) Grab&Clean is just for you. If you're a college kid immersed in an international community (ayayay, gems from all over the globe!) Grab&Clean is your absolute-must-have.
The real estate industry is old and outdated, it is time to make a change! Searching for a new house and selling your old one is time consuming. You have to work around, not only your schedule, but the realtors' schedule and the seller's schedule too. My idea is an app that home sellers, buyers, and realtors could all be a part of.
With the click of a button, the seller could alert realtors that their house is "show ready and available". Meanwhile a potential home buyer looking for homes in the neighborhood could click on that home, see basic information about the listing, as well as see that it is available for showings in that moment at which point they could request a realtor. In an Uber like fashion, a realtor (of the same agency as the listing) would be prompted to go and show the potential buyer the home. Also like Uber, realtors would only be promoted about showings when they are "online" with the app. I believe that realtors would see advantages of turning the app on between showings in specific areas, potential buyers would see the convenience of seeing homes when it is ideal for them, and sellers could show their homes to more interested individuals.
The real estate industry needs to be modernized, and this app can do just that.
One of the greatest achievements of 21st century America is the 24/7 store. Organization and forward thinking on the part of the consumer have historically been major keys to success, but sometimes you just can’t help but have late night or early morning needs. The 24/7 set-up simultaneously allows consumers to get what they need when they need it, while allowing business owners to generate revenue around the clock.
What’s the problem?
24/7 stores aren’t available everywhere.
24/7 stores are difficult to staff
What’s the solution?
24/7 stores can and should be automated
With simple distribution devices that release products upon receipt of payment, store owners can sell a broad range of products without the need for staff. The technology to support this business model already exists in the form of a vending machine, but could be expanded into a robust store with the use of smartphone applications for product selection and payment.
Finally the development of this concept has the potential to discourage theft, because of the removal of around the clock staff who can be easy to evade and susceptible to pressure.
Goober is a ride-sharing service like Uber—but instead of drivers using their own cars, they can join a subscription service to get the keys to golf carts on their college campus. This is a service directed towards college students/campus life, and Stanford would be a test case before expanding to other large college campuses. To elaborate on the workings of this service, let us examine it from two viewpoints: driver and rider.
A college student who is looking to make some extra money during their free time can subscribe to Goober by paying a monthly/quarterly fee which will give them access to a set of smart keys that will allow them to operate any of the designated Goober golf carts on campus. When the driver is ready to transport others (faculty, students, etc.), they can use the Goober app to look up the nearest parked Goober golf cart. Once they access the golf cart, the process proceeds in a similar fashion to Uber. In this way, they receive a credit towards their subscription cost that can result in personal profit the more they drive with Goober.
Now, let’s switch to the rider perspective. Students (especially ones at Stanford) have all experienced the agony and inconvenience of biking through inclement weather. Others have experienced the frustrations associated with spontaneous bike issues, such as stuck locks. Finally, some students occasionally need to transport larger items that cannot be done so while biking or walking. These students would form the perfect demographic for Goober. When they need a Goober golf cart, they can look on the Goober app and request one to their nearest location (just like Uber). They will be charged a fee for the ride depending on distance/time and surge pricing.
This business is as profitable as it is necessary on large college campuses. Not only does it allow the drivers to make some money whenever they have some time, it is convenient for students and others as well.
Ever walked around a store and seen an item -- clothing, shoes, furniture -- that caught your eye, only to find out that they don't have the size, color, or even the price that you want?
With the StockRoom app, you can scan the barcode of any item you find at the store, that doesn’t perfectly fit your needs, and StockRoom will search the web and instantly order the item in the size or color you desire. What’s more? StockRoom also searches the web to find you the cheapest version of that product online and sends it directly to your address. It’s that easy!
StockRoom is the bridge between in person shopping and online shopping that will make the limitations of the physical stockroom nonexistent through an almost unlimited web-wide stockroom.
Founders: Tina Jiang, Andrew Blum, Alessandra Blanco
Using computer vision to analyze CCTV footage, we give retailers unprecedented analytics on customers' in-store experience. We deliver information on: "hot"/"cold" areas on shelves, standard customer routes, duration of product interactions, and customer time spent in specific aisles. Managers can A/B test product displays and divert sales assistants to "hot" aisles.
There are tons of events happening on your college campus everyday. However, this information is spread across websites, emails, and Facebook, which is cumbersome to sift through. This app acts as a hub for all of your school's events!
The app pulls events from the RSS feeds on your school's event webpage. Students can also post their own club-sponsored or personal events all in one place instead of advertising them through FB and several forwarded emails. Link your FB account to include events from your FB event feed, post private events that only your friends can see, and see which friends are attending what. You can filter events by time, location, number of people attending, and whether or not food will be served!
With the rise of MOOCs and educational opportunities being available for all, why isn't there a platform for raising knowledge of technical skills? My idea is open-courseware dedicated to cultivating career options for people who may not have access to these training courses otherwise.
Ever wanted a quick way of keeping track of stuff just by clicking a button on your phone? Now you can easily do that with bookmarks to the home screen of your phone. Tap once to activate the switch on any device. Manage all your switches in a lightweight app / website on any device. Compatible with any IoT (Internet of Things) device or application.
Favorite use case: you arrive at home and forget to put your keys away so of course it eventually ends up in the laundry. If you haven't clicked the "Keys in Bowl" button after an hour of getting home, we'll remind you to put your keys in the proper place!
I park my bike in 1 of 3 different locations. All I have to do is tap on a bookmark on my phone to remember where my bike is, then I can easily find it later.
For the worrywarts: Your kid forgot to text you that they made it to their friend's place? Now they have no excuse, because all your kid has to do is click on a single button on their phone to tell you that they made it.
An app that lets you take a photo of a flyer for an event, and scans its date, time, location and other information into a calendar where you can manage the events you want to go to.
Many youths in rural or economically-weaker areas tend to suffer from a lack of motivation or inspiration when growing up. Their daily environment simply does not foster drive or enthusiasm for pursuing bigger goals in their respective futures. This is sadly the case across many nations, both LDCs and DCs.
I envision an organisation which pairs as many of such schools as possible with one or multiple tertiary institutions of repute in the region, allowing middle- or high-school students to have tours of the college campus, to sit in on classes, and to be exposed and hopefully inspired. This essentially allows students at an economic disadvantage to experience learning beyond the traditional classroom, ‘resetting’ the orthodox learning space. This would be carried out on a regular basis and would lead to a discussion of their future hopes.
The end-goal would be greater motivation and a close working relationship between the school and the university: a mutually-beneficial relationship.
Get the benefits of a flosser with the benefits of a normal floss dispenser.
Problem: you don't get as much floss in a pack of flossers as you do in a standard floss dispenser.
Solution: add more floss and floss dispensing capability to a flosser.
An easy and non-toxic glow-in-the-dark spray for bikes and skateboards, which will make night-time commute safer.
Instead of solid stone sink counter, a transparent aquarium where you can see fish swimming and their reflection being stretched due to the curvature of the sink. Fish food can be dropped through a little hole on the corner of the counter. It will provide fantastic visual fun when the water flows on the surface of the sink while there's water and fish underneath. Fish waste can be collected and directly sent to sewage.
How many times a day do you ditch plastic cutleries, coffee cups, and cardboard plates?
This must stop now! Let's make these goods durable so we can reuse them and save 10 Mn tons of plastic and cardboard per year.
Why isn't it already done? No one has created foldable items with an attractive design
I believe these items should be treated like shoes or Iphone covers. People want to save the environment, but not at the expense of their style!
I am a MBA student and will take courses at the Design School. I will take this opportunity to design the product and use the funding to start the production.
- willingness to pay for a customised set: USD 50
- Acquisition cost: USD 10 - 20
- Production cost: USD 10
musio is a C2C music live-streaming service that serves to connect users with their friends. By allowing users to "live-stream" their own playlists such as their favorite songs when studying, working out, or relaxing, their friends can tune in and experience music "live".
People crave to go to concerts for the connection and experience with their favorite artists. Now users will also be able to connect with the artists by "following" them and receiving a notification whenever the artist goes "live". Music was meant to be shared together and thanks to musio, you choose the music and be the radio!
Portable Waterproofed canvas kayak using lightweight composite foldable tentpoles as structural support. Fits in a backpack.
Problem: other portable kayaks are too big, bulky, and heavy.
Solution: lightweight foldable canvas kayak that you can bring anywhere.
Using radio frequency energy transfer the light bulbs on Christmas display villages are powered wirelessly.
Problem: annoying wires and cords on table and behind display buildings
Solution: Short range wireless power.
Shoes that automatically tighten around your foot. This would help with older people not being able to tighten shoes themselves.
Much like the Forte portable word processor designed to teach typing, the Gupta keyboard would come equipped with a screen. Initially, it would guide students on where to place their fingers when playing the different notes - the key on the screen would correspond to the flashing key on the keyboard. As students advance in level, the piano would flash combinations of notes across the screen and eventually musical compositions until students learned how to play them. It would also feature "composing games" where students could practice playing different chords and fit them together to create their own melodies.
Overall, provides accessible musical education for kids whose parents are not able to afford / drive them to piano lessons - also enables people of all age to pick up and master the instrument at their own pace.
The consequences of forgetting daily medication or accidentally double dosing can be very serious, especially for the elderly. Imagine a simple wristband that automatically reminds the user if they forget to take their medication.
The device would have an intuitive interface which allows the user to press a button when they take their medication or check if they’ve already taken it. The wristband would then monitor the wearers physiological response through factors such as heart-rate and perspiration. This data would train the wristband to recognize the body’s response and to identify abnormalities such as a forgotten pill.
This device would not only improve the user’s health and compliance, but also collect valuable data. A physician could open an online dashboard and check how often a patient is taking their medication and follow-up if necessary. Additionally, pharmaceutical companies can gain insights about how their medication is affecting patients of various demographics or how/when patients interact with their medication.
Note: this could also be developed or tested as an app for wearables such as the Apple Watch but a simpler device would likely be more attractive to the elderly population.
Adjustable phone stand for bikes. Stay safe when you use your GPS while biking, and turn your phone into a bike light at night!
Store a lightweight, knee-length canvas smock with your spare tire, jumper cables or car repair kit. When the car won't start after work or unexpectedly breaks down away from home this smock will allow you to work on your car without getting the clothes you're wearing dirty.
Problem: dirty clothes when fixing unexpected car problems.
Solution: use this smock to cover your nice clothes before working on your car.
The way society gets its news has a massive impact on its behavior. News and social media have become so personalized and biased, that we are becoming less informed and less tolerant of different ideas and people holding them.
We are creating an algorithm to detect contradictory news articles across different news providers. This algorithm allows us to consume *all* sides of a news story, thereby resisting attempts to manipulate us in one direction or the other. This will enable us to seek out news sources outside our ideological comfort zone, thereby decreasing polarization and enhancing tolerance in society.
This algorithm will be implemented as a browser extension which suggests contradictory news articles whenever a user lands on a news article.
Pew Research shows that 62% of U.S. adults consume news online, and at least 74% say that news media are biased.
Easy-to-use supply management system for hikes, work, and long distance trips.
Modeled after the food-sharing e-services provided in Western Europe, OpenPantry is exactly what it sounds. Anyone with extra food or leftovers with upcoming expiration dates, especially relevant on college campuses during times like Thanksgiving and Winter Break, can alert a "friend feed" with anything he or she wants to share.
ballcap with frontal warning integrated collision avoidance system.
When you are wearing a ballcap you easily collide with branches or overhangs because your field of view is obstructed. This "forewarn" feedback system alerts you to objects in your immediate proximity before you collide. The device is especially useful for sight-impaired persons who have limited situational awareness.
A website/app for college applicants that gives access to information from students who have transferred colleges.
It’s easy to see what the strengths of most colleges are - most universities are eager to present their strong points as publicly as possible. However, most schools are not as forthright about their shortcomings. This keeps college applicants from getting a full picture of the schools that they are applying to.
However, transfer students have seen the inside of a given University, and decided to leave for another school. These students likely have information and insights about a school that are not publicly available. Giving prospective students access to this information may help them make better decisions with their college selection.
Many outdoor enthusiasts want to own their own gear, but given the nature of outdoor equipment most of the time it sits around uselessly. This site would allow people to rent out unused outdoor equipment like skis, snowboards, fishing gear, boots, etc. to people looking to rent for less than they would pay at the store. Because this is auxiliary income, providers could charge cheaper prices than can stores.
Want to start investing but don't know where to start?
It's common knowledge that if you keep your money in a traditional savings account, over the course of a year you'll earn -2% return on your money thanks to inflation while ETFs offer an annual interest return of 6-8%. But, how do you start? How do you open an account? How much money do you need to put in? What are some other options that don't require a huge learning curve or a ton of time commitment?
Introducing Abi, an algorithmic based investment platform that automatically invests for your based on your income and spending habits. Abi uses machine learning to analyze your financial habits and determines an amount each week that can be deducted from your account and placed into an ETF that we secure for you. We automatically deduct on your behalf, so you never have to lift a finger. Start investing without ever having to worry about it again!
Because we predict your spending patterns, we ensure that you will never have an overdraft charge, and you'll always have money in your account for that late night cup of coffee.
We make investing easy.
Have you ever tried to teach yourself yoga? Or stumbled your way through a new exercise routine?
Many forms of exercise have steep learning curves and can be intimidating for beginners. Also, not everyone has the time or opportunity to take fitness classes.
Let's Exercise Together! is an augmented reality device that aims to empower its users and help them reach their fitness goals. It's a lightweight, sweatproof visor which will project step-by-step instructions over the user's field of vision in real-time as they learn a new exercise.
What if you're not a beginner? Let's Exercise Together! can still help you achieve your fitness goals. Augmented reality can allow users to challenge themselves and each other in new and innovative ways. Running laps suddenly becomes a lot more exciting when you're racing against a virtual image of your friend-or your own previous best time.
The market for fitness devices is huge: The fitness tracker industry is expected to top $5 billion by 2019. However, existing fitness devices focus on merely tracking user's activity levels. Let's Exercise Together! will improve the beginner's exercise experience by removing the uncertainty and stress associated with learning new exercises and workouts. Let's Exercise Together! will also allow advanced users to challenge themselves in ways that they have not been able to with any other device.
The initial versions of Let's Exercise Together! would target the high-end fitness device market. Ideally, as the manufacturing process is refined, lower priced versions suitable for the mass market would be developed.
Let's Exercise Together!: Revolutionizing Fitness with Augmented Reality.
Managing paperwork is hard. If you're like me, you have a pile of "important papers" (tax documents, insurance documents, etc). It's messy and frustrating to deal with, and impossible to search. Imagine a service that will automatically scan+index+encrypt+upload digital copies of all your documents, and keep the original hard copies in a safe+dry storage facility for as long as you want.
This new service will provide pre-addressed envelopes (like Netflix). Any documents placed in the envelopes will be scanned+encrypted for you. The original hard copies are stored in a dry+secure storage facility with 24/7 monitoring and surveillance. The digital copies are encrypted, and uploaded to a secure website where you can view them, search them, print them, request physical copies, or request the originals be mailed back.
After this election cycle, it is more important than ever that we educate ourselves about our fellow humans. Many of us live in ideological echo chambers, surrounded by those who parrot back our own opinions and beliefs. We may start believing that only our opinion is right, and all others must be wrong. Before long, we lose sight of the fact that those outside our way of life might have important insights as well.
It is easiest to hate and judge those whom we do not know. Therefore, we propose an idea to rehumanize! Our idea is to set up a website/app that surveys you based on your beliefs and experiences and matches you with humans who hold divergent viewpoints. Our technology will then let you speak with your match through an audio only connection, to create familiarity but maintain anonymity. The hope is that you mutually inform each other by engaging in respectful conversation. People would be encouraged to use the app through a monetary or points-based incentive system.
This pursuit would raise money through donations and advertisements, persisting as a nonprofit organization aimed at encouraging discourse and engagement while dissolving hate from all sides. Silicon Valley prides itself on promoting world-changing ideas; this is one of those.
Ever found out about an event you would have loved only when its already too late? With this platform, you would be to keep track of all events going on in a University. Users would have a personalized feed based on their likes and the groups they are interested in with events going on around them. They could also see popular events or share some events with friends. Organizing groups could also benefit from having one location on which to keep track of everyone whose going and update interested users to any changes that might happen.
Ever wanted to coordinate dinner with co-workers or a gym day with friends, but the plans never ended up materializing? Stanford students in particular are extremely busy all the time with classes, jobs, clubs, and other commitments, and coordinating schedules can be a hassle. My idea is an app that can overlay existing Google calendars and figure out the most convenient times available for all parties.
Waiting in long lines is frustrating, but can be avoided. Use computer vision to track line flow patterns, and expected waiting times.
Managers use this data to effectively open and close new lines. Customers use this data to move towards shorter lines. This technology would drastically improve user experience at ski resorts, amusement parks, and even airline gates.
When a skier is at the top of the mountain, he can check which lift has the shortest line, and ski in that direction.
Share your garden/tree produce with the community for free or charge what you think is fair. Users can pay for or claim the item with the app, message the seller, and arrange for pick up.
The size of some pills and vitamins are absurd. Put dry medicines in small time-release beads (if necessary) that can be taken outside of the pill and easily swallowed. Put vitamins/ supplements in small beads into a bottle and measure it out into a dosage cup to easily wash it down instead of having to swallow a huge solid capsule. Target audience: people who have trouble swallowing pills due to medical disabilities / throat diseases or psychological barriers to swallowing pills. Make medicine accessible to everyone!
Use computer vision to track the skies 24/7 for fired nuclear missiles, based on real time top-down video of the Earth's surface from Planet Labs or Skybox Imaging. Should any government fire a nuke, we can detect them and launch a private interceptor that misdirects and safely destroys the nuclear payload mid-air. The US Missile Defense Agency is doing promising research into this, but a private company could do it faster and in a more unbiased way. Why let a few folks (literally) in the governments destroy all of humanity? (almost happened in 1983: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Soviet_nuclear_false_alarm_incident)
Checking the chlorine/pH levels in a pool and adding the appropriate amount of chemicals to it is time consuming, expensive, and inaccurate.
Our IoT pool care device lives in your pool and maintains the correct pH level by releasing small amounts of chlorine as needed. You only need to refill it once a year--it takes care of the rest. You can check the state of your pool or winterize your pool, right from your smartphone. For resorts and hotels, our device also offers detailed pool use analytics. Convenience, confidence, and connectivity all from one device.
Going to the movies is getting pricey. Movie studios are asking you to shell out +$15 to see a film that you don't know that you'll like and all you get is one chance at it!
What if when you purchased your ticket, after the showing - you had a 48hr streaming window to watch it again? What if you got a discount on the DVD or VOD download? Currently as it stands, the film studio loses track of you - the customer after you've bought your ticket, and you in turn lose the opportunity to really cash in on your previous purchase!
The solution is to link fandango and similar accounts to iTunes, etc and allow for more interaction between a film and its fans. This way, once again - movie goers will feel the value of their purchases not only from their love of the movies, but also in their happier pockets!
A dry adhesive which can be used repeatedly to attach and reattach to glass.
A video site dedicated entirely to talks, speeches, lectures, or interviews. As you watch and rate videos, the site will learn what you like to curate and recommend content. Videos can either be live-streamed or uploaded afterward. Content owners can choose to advertise on the videos or set a price per video (or for all of their videos). Kind of similar to TED but with an open universe (or alternatively, a much narrower Youtube). Users can search by video subject (genomics or AI for example), by speaker, or by location.
Often at many research institutions, novel work is published in papers then ends up sitting in archives; Nobels sit on bookshelves and IPOs hide in sticky notes.
The proposed online platform would host university-specific pages for researchers (divided by topic area) to post about their work and connect with interested business and marketing students to 1.) help broadcast their efforts to a wider community and 2.) develop relationships to jumpstart business development, if desired. The big picture: get ideas worth sharing in front of the right people.
285 million individuals worldwide are visually impaired, and their most common mobility aid is the white cane. Although the cane was invented nearly a century ago, its sweep-and-tap usage model has not changed, limiting users’ perception of their surroundings to the cane’s physical reach. To address this unmet need, we developed SmartWalk (smartwalk.weebly.com), a low-cost, adoptable, user-tested, add-on assistive technology to the traditional white cane. SmartWalk virtually extends the cane’s reach, provides safer mobility, and promotes greater independence, seamlessly enhancing the current usage model.
SmartWalk has gone through two faces of user-testing and revisions. It detects objects that are up to three meters away and conveys obstacles’ distance information to the user through varying intensities of vibrations at the cane’s handle. SmartWalk may be mounted onto any mobility aid with our mechanical clip-on. White canes easily wear out and are replaced every 4 months to one year; as SmartWalk is an independent attachment to the white cane, it may be easily moved to each new cane and only requires users to make a single investment.
Enjoy the real joy of shopping from your home. Shopping is simply a click away.
Problem: when I shave or whatever at the sink it's often hard to remove the tiny shavings with water. and therefore my wife/roommates can get annoyed by the tiny hair fragments all over the place.
Solution: Small yet high-powered vacuum similar in size to a power toothbrush, charged via induction, water resistant like powered toothbrushes and read-to-go after every shave or just ready to be used in the bathroom whenever small messes could be quickly addressed without the fuss of pulling out, plugging in, locating, or handling a vacuum designed for other scenarios.
Use Google Maps while biking.
Turn your phone into a bike light at night.
Ride safely and protect your phone.
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