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PIM Task organization improvement [Mar. 20th, 2007|11:00 am]
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The task management software (for example Outlook) might have additional field in task descriptor, where it lists all dependencies. This improvement allows:
- build Gantt charts and network diagrams (in other words achieve functionality of project management software)
- sort task by number of dependencies; find most critical tasks; hide tasks that can not be done due to dependencies
- calculate a real ECD for each task (sum of all task durations in dependency chain)
- etc
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Automatic volume regulation as response to environment sounds [Mar. 15th, 2007|07:27 am]
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The sound emitting system such as TV, receiver, car radio, etc. might monitor environment sounds such as speech, phone rings, etc and react on these sounds by muting or decreasing emitted sound volume. For example, such control system can mute car audio when mobile phone ringing or decrease music volume when passengers start to talk. Such control should have the following parts:
  • Microphone to monitor ambient sounds.
  • Signal subtraction unit. One input attached to microphone, one input attached to sound output. The output of unit is environment sound without emitted sound (for example sound of phone ring in silent environment)
  • Signal memory. This unit should keep prerecorded sound patterns. These patterns can be defined as factory profiles or rewritten by end user to customize system reaction to different types of customized telephone rings
  • Signal comparison unit. This unit should take output of subtraction unit and compare it with one or more patterns. If they match, the comparator will enable the actuator.
  • Actuator. The signal to housing system’s control.
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Mouse pad as functionality selector [Dec. 13th, 2006|12:50 am]
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Mouse pad can work as a selector for mouse functionality. For example, mouse pad can be divided on two parts. When mouse moved on left side, the cursor moves fast on screen. On the right side of the pad mouse provides more precise cursor movement. Such functionality can be useful for graphic designers and CAD engineers.

The surface part can be recognized optically, magnetically or in other way.
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Bi-functional stylus for touch screen [Dec. 9th, 2006|09:31 pm]
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The idea is to make a stylus, which have two functions, associated to opposite tips. Idea rises from the pencil with the "integrated" eraser. Method of usage is simply same.

Integrate little magnet on second tip and magnetic sensors (like Hall sensors) under the screen. Field will trigger sensors and change function.
Note: it's best that main stylus function is active in abscence of magnetic field, and additional in presence of field only of one specified polarity.

The second method of doing this is small RF resonator on second stylus tip like in shop anti-theft systems.

Third method is make second tip of specific photolumeniscent material and catch lumeniscense with selective photo sensor. Possible variant is to modulate screen backlight to make better sensor selectivity by analysing modulation of photolumenescence. Sensor just have to have a cut-off filter for backlight spectrum.

Fourth method is suitable for surface wave based touch screens. Just make second tip an acoustic resonator with specified characteristics and measure it.
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Delayed pill [Dec. 5th, 2006|03:35 pm]
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Medicine capsule might be composed from different materials or multiple layers to achieve delay of capsule dissolution. The average time of dissolution should be marked on capsule. This will allow customer to take pill X hours before the actual medication is needed.

Examples of use:
- Wake-up pills with caffeine. Take one before you going to bed and get caffeine kick start after X hours of sleep.
- Antibiotics, especially for children. Antibiotics should be taken periodically, but you can't trust kid to remember to take pills every two hours when he is in school. Delayed pills is a solution for this: take immediate, 2 hour delay, 4 hour delay and 6 hour delay pills once in the morning and next pill should be taken after 8 hours, when kid will be back from school.
- Same with antibiotics which should be taken in the night. Take required set of pills in the evening and enjoy uninterrupted dreams.
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Paper pocket for laptop computers [Dec. 1st, 2006|01:56 pm]
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Everybody coming on meeting with laptop and coming out with laptop AND some pages of paper. I have laptop in one hand, papers in other. Do I need third for coffee? No! Add second lid to laptop computer to create pocket to carry some paper materials. This pocket also can be used to keep backup DVD or similar stuff.

Oh... And 2nd lid should be latched to first (real), of course.
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Laptop handle [Dec. 1st, 2006|01:49 pm]
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Add folding handle (red) to laptop computer to simplify carrying inside office.
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Manifesto [Sep. 25th, 2010|11:10 am]
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Mission: Share information, share technology, share profit.

Strategic plan:

Phase 0 -- Organize. Find people sharing same ideas, organize them and get credibility.

Phase 1 -- Demonstrate vitality of non-exclusive scheme. This can be done by non-profit brainstorming laboratory. The lab should collect inventions from private inventors; patent them exclusively in existing patent law context and non-exclusively license to companies. Received royalties should be shared with inventors; used to support the laboratory operations and spent on private inventors support such as education, creating public laboratories and mechanical shops.

Phase 2 -- Government test-drive. Honestly, I'm not a government fan, but here we have to cooperate, it is a public interests area and public is represented by government. Create a government agency on the base of laboratory. This will decrease patent cost (money flows from one government's pocket to another) and will let government feel the ground in scheme. No patent law changes are required so far; the patenting scheme is voluntary and oriented on private inventors. New patents belongs to government and government and government issues licenses. Some taxation issues can be raised and solved at this stage.

Phase 3 -- Final. Change the patent law to proven non-exclusive scheme and make it the only way to patent.

Honestly, I'm not sure that this is doable. I just believe that this is the way to go. If you belive in same -- join and lets do something, Phase 0 is just started.
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Laser microphone [Sep. 13th, 2006|10:19 pm]
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This purpose of this device is to create microphone without electro-magnetic emissions.

Device cosists of electronic block (1) and microphone head (4) connected by optical cable (3,8). Laser or other light source (2) emits light which is transferred by optical cable (3) to microphone head (4). In the head light beam is reflected by membrane mirror (5) exposed to air or other acoustic source (water, gas, etc). Incoming audiowaves changing pressure on membrane. This leads membrane to change its shape. Light reflected from membrane passes through triangle slot (6) and falls on lens (7). The width of the slot selected to change amount of light depending on membrane form. The lens collects light and over optical cable (8) passes it back to electronic block. There it fallas on photosensor and generates or modulates electrical signal. The conversion circuit (10) converts the signal from photosensor to analog or digital audio signal (11).

Since the optical cables might be long, the electronic block and microphone head will be located relatively far from each other. The microphone head does not have any electric components and can be done completely from dielectric materials.

The microphone has some advantages if compared with existing microphones:
- there is no limit on minimum frequency
- there is no electromagnetic interference on signal from environment
- there is no electromagnetic emission from microphone.
- this microphone can be used as pressure sensor

And the bottom line: this device can not be detected by security scaners. Scaners watch for electromagnetic emission, here is no electric parts at all. So, watch your mouth :)

Disclaimer: I filed provisional application for this device, but by this publication I give it to public domain. And provisional is expired anyway :)
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Remington ETRONX improvement [Sep. 13th, 2006|10:17 pm]
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Famous Remington 700 got new generation: ETRONX. The article about the ETRONX is avalable from Popular Mechanics. The bottom line: Remington uses special ammunition with electric ignition to achieve best possible stability during the shot by minimizing moving parts.

What is not perfect in this rifle? The speed, the slow rate of fire. Sniper always meet the dilema: to use precise, but slow bolt-action rifle or to use semi-automatic with higher rate of fire but less precision. Do we want our good guys to meet such dilema? No. So, here is a solution: to separate movement of the slide and the shot process in time.

The diagram from Popular Mechanics used as base.

When trigger pressed and ammo ignited, the delay circuit or MCU like PIC family starts to count time (actual time depends on bullet speed, so it might be tuned to exact ammo type) and when bullet left the barrel, it gives a signal to electrically controlled valve. The compressed air coming to pneumatic actuator, it kicks slide back and reloads an ammo.
- Since the automation is delayed from shot, the shot precision is not affected;
- Manual mode still possible, so failure of the pneumatic or shortage of gas will not affect reliability;
- Battery and MCU are already on board.

So, as result we will have high precision rifle without moving parts, but rifle will be able to achieve fire rate of semiautomatic rifles.

Remington ETRONX and Popular Mechanics are registered trade marks of their owners.
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