Many of us shake their heads skeptically reading about another revolutionary application or a brilliant startup idea. We start getting used to the fact that most of the sensations are nothing but a storm in a teacup, a marketing trap to hide another paid subscription for a new service we’ve never asked for.
This article has nothing to do with all that marketing stuff. I’m going to share with you 5 great startup ideas; and if you are bold enough, you may try to implement these ideas spreading advanced technologies among general users. These concepts are often rejected because they look too complicated and large-scale. But just imagine, what a success it would be if someone managed to find a key and implement these apparently elusive solutions in mass market?
1) Personal expenses tracker
Where’s my money gone? You definitely have it on your mind from time to time. There is a bunch of finance applications that seem to be convenient for users. Actually, they make you waste your time on manual data entry and don’t really help maintain family budget. You will soon realize that the same functions can be performed by electronic organizers or spreadsheet apps. Despite user interfaces have become more aesthetic and user-friendly, the principle of data entry has hardly changed so far. The lack of automation is still the number-one issue.
The way out is 100% reliable and secure debit card transactions tracking system. Daily, people make more and more e-payments, use various payment services and credit cards, and still have to suffer trying to remember what they buy and when they buy it. Software developers specializing in business web applications should get down to work and create a solution that can track financial transactions, group purchases and shopping websites according to categories. This application can finally get our spending under control.
2) Organizing photos by stories
The advancement of modern photo clouds and services is undeniable. However, we still have to scroll through hundreds of pictures to find the best ones after each vacation. Exactly the same way we used to do it 10 years ago! Modern photo organizers, alas, don’t help solve a number of crucial tasks.
- Automatic selection of the best picture in series
We always take several photos to have series of pictures for each story. At the same time, we usually need one or two shots to become a part of a photo album. Common users quickly get tired sorting photos manually. Besides, storing all the picture series is really inefficient.
- Automatic selection of pictures for posting
The pictures we keep in a family photo album and those we post on Instagram make a big difference. So, why don’t modern applications have any capability for selecting pictures that could get more likes and comments? This feature could become insanely popular, since social media are of great importance these days.
- Creating one cool picture from two that failed
Top brand cameras started offering this option just recently. Although, it’s not a big deal for “Photoshop gurus,” common users will surely appreciate such feature.
- Remove objects from pictures
Human presence breaks in the beauty of landscapes and ruins the harmony of wild nature by urban elements. Those who are good at editing photos fix this manually using Photoshop. But what about unprofessional Photoshop users? There must be the way of making pictures editing easier.
3) 3D-scanning with smartphone cameras
Here’s another million-dollar challenge. Modern smartphones have cameras with autofocus, accelerometers, and position sensors – all the necessary components to create an optical 3D scanner for mobile devices. The theoretical information is also available: autofocus helps take photos at distance, sensors assist in determining the camera position against the scanned objects.
4) Defining the author or original source
And there is a hard row to hoe from the field of Data Mining and Knowledge Management. None of the information giants has solved this problem yet. This idea can be widely used to protect intellectual property rights. The Internet amorphous state allows illegal capitalizing on someone’s content. There are tools that help check the origin of the content, but there are no ways of finding the initial source – the true author.
5) Finding false information and fake news
We’ve already seen how the false knowledge becomes an efficient tool for political struggle or the source of income in the right hands. The paradox of this situation lies in the fact that the true knowledge is as available as the fake data. But being forgotten in the backyard of Wikipedia or school textbooks, it cannot refute a more powerful flow of false information.
The phenomenon is onwards and upwards from year to year. Blogs, online-magazines, and even prestigious news channels are full of unreliable information that forces the audience into believing false scientific theories. The brightest example is the theory of water memory popular in homeopathy. This theory started to gain popularity when the article by Jacques Benveniste French immunologist was first published in the famous “Nature” magazine. Being disproved many times, this fake theory is still more popular than scientific publications that expose it.
- Inventions duplicates
It’s another modern social scourge resulting in the irrational use of scientific resources. It’s curious how different people “come up” with one and the same idea. For instance, more and more scientific and pseudo-scientific papers on perpetual motion concept are published every year. It is nonsense since all these ideas have already been collected, systematized and refuted in specialized mass media, but home-grown inventors don’t mind.
- Not relevant information
Old knowledge is not replaced by new. It’s probably the burning information issue of our age. It results in the constant entropy of information space. The information relevance, as well as its reliability, is not regulated within the Internet. Therefore, there are many versions of one and same event at various points of time. It is pure hell for general users. Studying any topic, you get the temporary version of the event that the search engines consider relevant. But it doesn’t mean that this information is still up-to-the-minute.
About The Author: Helena Bogdanova is a Tech Journalist with OCSICO. She writes about IT, healthcare, custom medical software, mobile applications, video games and more. You can contact Helena via Helena.Bogdanova@ocsico.com.