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JRoberts54
 USA
Electric Bill Calculator Printer Friendly Version
I thought of this several years ago, but thought that it might be a little zany, so I kept it to myself until now, but after reading some of the other ideas on this site, I decided that I could get away with placing my idea here. To begin with, let me say that there is nothing that pulls my chain harder than a surprise bill from the electric company (the water company or the gas company either). Electric meters (along with other meters) are difficult to read and decipher. My idea is to invent an electronic caluculator that converts kilowatt hours into actual dollar amounts. This device could be a manual input device or one that is actually attached to the meter that instantly converts kilowatts used into the monthly dollar amount. This would permit the average person to see his bill and how much he is spending prior to the bills arrival, allowing the decrease of usage to lower the bill. A similar device could be invented for other types of meters or just one universal one that works for every type.
Reward: A free calculator and recognition for the idea. 

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AaronBurns
 USA
Vehicle Top Magnetic Additions Printer Friendly Version
Either you want better Cell response, GPS, CB Radio, Safety Lights, Computer Reception, TV, Satellite, Walky Talky, or Fire Man and Ambulance Warning Lights or just about anything with electricity; you could simply find WiFi inside to outside Electro-Magnet (Battery Magnet) and stick it to your vehicle.
Reward: To stick my hand out the window at 150 MPH in the wrong lane and put out a blue flashing light! 

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brainstormguy
 USA
Rethinking the 'Smart Pen' Printer Friendly Version
I feel that smart pens could be vastly improved. at the time of this writing, I find it funny that the best one on the market is the Fly Pentop. The remaining pens are mainly handwriting recognition.
I have created a series called brainstorm guy, and its a video outlining my ideas/inventions. you can watch my smart pen episode (my debut episode) here:
http://web15.metacafe.com/w/1051447/
Below is a summery/expanded ideas and thoughts to the video, so please watch it first.
basics of current smart pens:
1. input (handwriting recognition)
2. output (speaker based User Interface)
3. processing (what runs the pen)
4. connectivity (getting notes from the pen)
5. battery (power)
6. pen (it highly advanced super glorious ball point roller technology)
problems
1. size (too large)
2. cost (expensive)
3. User Interface is limited
4. 3rd party support is lacking
5. special paper
solution
pen only needs:
1. input
2. connectivity
3. battery
4. pen
add your favorite cellphone to handle:
1. processing
2. output.
this solves problems 1-4.
problem 5 is hard to get away from, but being able to use 3rd party development alternate uses will come to light.
Now some things I didn't cover in the video:
If the pen, also contained a stylus, you could use a piece plastic anoto page to have a surface to write on.
because this is based on using a cellphone, you can transmit your messages to anyone, so passing notes is extremely easy.
also being cellphone technology, you could draw the cellphone keys and remotely control your cellphone with out touching it.
now internet access come into play using cellphones/computers so updating blogs and such becomes easier in a since, it would allow you to choose a smaller phone that lacks a qwerty keyboard. (like the n95 ;P)
you can created a tablet like input to your computer.
Reward: please allow a lot of users to beta test the device before releasing it and try to keep it as open as possible. 

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