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Steve
 Austria
Removable Menu Items in Restaurant Printer Friendly Version
This is one of the ideas where everyone I tell it to always agrees it would be great, but it still hasn't been implemented just YET. So, if you are able to get it done right, it's your chance to become famous!
The invention yet to be made is a restaurant menu that you can gradually whittle down to what you would actually like to eat. More often than not, people go through a menu and can't decide what they want, but at least they know what they DON'T want. To help the process, it would be great to be able to eliminate those dishes that you have ruled out, so you can more easily decide between what's left.
The obvious solution would be some kind of touchscreen where you can simply click away menu items - but that's actually way to expensive for most restaurants (imagine every menu being a computer!), plus, it might actually frustrate customers - well, at least it would frustrate my Grandma.
So how about an analogue solution for a change? Simple tabs that you can push in, leaving those menu items marked that you might still want. There are still various issues to be solved, however: The waiter, for instance, needs to be able to reset the menu quickly for the next customer, plus, the whole setup needs to be appealing and not look like the gritty sheet of some dock worker who's trying to keep track of his warehouse.
Reward: Free restaurant visits would be nice! 

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TheStrattonDJ
 USA
Food Comparison App Printer Friendly Version
I think the food tracking apps are useful for people actively losing weight, but I think people lack motivation and long-term discipline.
I propose an app where you put in what you're eating and instead of just looking at calories, it tells you an equivalent in lard and sugar and try and gross them out a little, maybe even tell them how many minutes they're shaving off their life with bad choices.
If you shock people into realizing how poor their diet is, I think their initial and continued motivation to improve will be much higher if they can see translations of what their diet means.

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Steve
 Austria
Non-Average Profiling Printer Friendly Version
We are living in a world where pretty much everything is adjusted to the average human being. Of course, the average person doesn't exist, and where it does, it is an exception in itself (something that actually isn't average at all).
For example, the furniture you buy will be designed for people of average size. When you look for something on the internet, you are presented with search options that the average surfer has been looking for. When looking at reviews on the internet, you are presented with average reviews of average taste. And so on.
Also, when dealing with companies, you are routinely treated as someone with average ignorance: The help system you are confronted with will routinely assume that you don't have a real problem but are just unable to read the instructions, as it seems like most people can't. Most password systems will assume that your password is just a plain word that you wrote on a post-it on your desktop for everyone to see, and therefore force you to change it regularly.
Oddly, all of this is happening in a world in which we are being profiled and tagged all the time, so our privacy is down the toilet anyway. Wouldn't it be nice if the technology that steals our privacy to make a quick buck could at least be employed to situations where it is truly useful? How about creating profiles that can actually help avoid all the crap that wasn't actually every meant for people like US?

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