Hairbrained Schemes: Various ideas I have had


Over the years, I have had some pretty crazy, out of nowhere ideas. Normally these involve technology, or games, or things I see as generally useful. Here are a handful of them. Book ideas are not included, mostly because some of them are pretty good ideas.

1. My Museum

This is an early idea. I was four years old, and I was playing with a jigsaw 3D Dinosaur, I had a pen and some paper, I laid my dinosaur on the window sill and wrote ‘THE BEN ATTWOOD MUSEUM. ENTRY IS £1’. Suffice to say, I had no visitors that day, but It was the first of my mad, hairbrained schemes.

2. Apple doing video games

We have an Apple Phone, we have an Apple Tablet, an Apple Mp3 and now Apple watches are getting released. This idea was basically an Apple cloud based gaming service. People would buy a wifi device, and once logged in with their Apple ID, they’d be able to play video games downloaded from their app purchases. Obviously this is a very good idea, because Amazon and Google are both making very similar ideas, albeit with a greater focus on Television.

3. The Intranet

We’re getting there, I would love to see a wireless chip installed inside our bodies, and when we want to access information, we can connect via router to a virtual reality of information, and do what we do on our PC’s, with our heads. It will make things like Facebook and Twitter so much more Awesome. Inserting technology into your body isn’t that crazy mind you. Pacemakers, Hearing Aids, and devices like the Apple Watch and the Android Wear, they’re turning us into cyborgs. And let me tell you, being a Cyberman isn’t too cool.

4. Short distance teleportors

I feel short distance is the best for a few reasons. We need to look after ourselves, and just teleporting straight home eliminates walking, so I would make a device which transports you a certain distance, which depends on the battery percentage. I feel that this could be useful for busy commuters, who could be running to a train station when their train is 2 minutes from departing, one could teleport to the station from where they are, or very close to the station and have better chance of getting to the station.

5. Embryo enhancement

We will develop treatments for couples to have babies with enhanced abilities. These enhancements would not mean a superman like hero sadly (that would be pretty cool, for a nerd like me), perhaps a superior immune system, a decreasing likelihood of genetic diseases, and maybe even lifespans lasting over a century, and 80 years old being the new 60. However, if I was smarter and could do this. Of course, there’s a lot of controversy, even over test tube babies on their own, let alone actually changing and splicing DNA. Some could compare it to Nazi Eugenics, and social darwinism. Also eliminating genetic diseases could be good, but may convey some form of prejudice against people like that.

6. Finder

Finder was an app idea I had. Basically, it’s Find my iPhone, and Android Device Manager. Except, instead of limiting it to Tablets and Mobile phones; you can geo locate keys, bags and other items prone to getting lost.

7. Genesis OS

I made a full blog post on this idea. So I will let you search that on the blog. But the basic premise is a catch all OS, for Desktops and laptops, combining the functionality of Windows, and the creative apps of Apple. I even made a design on Powerpoint (Which I may modernise). But I will let you search that.

8. TV Shows

I have a lot of ideas for Television shows for kids and teens. What annoys me most is that there are lots of shows for kids, and adults, but there’s nothing for teens. Yeah, a lot of teens don’t watch TV anymore, we have stuff to do. But I feel that there should be good quality entertainment for all young people. I had a few ideas, such as a show about a spaceship in the middle of space, where all the characters would die eventually, but it is about acceptance of your fate. Another one was a school based dramedy in a similar vein to Scrubs, but the main character has a Vlog type POV and tells stories through flashbacks. I’ve had plenty of TV show ideas. A lot of them won’t get made, but in my head, they’d be awesome.

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Since 2012, Benjamin Attwood has written for the If you Ask Ben blog.

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