Crazy Car Share Scheme 1.

Okay.  Right.   buy 1000 cars.  Just for a
giggle. Fit them with GPS tracking technology.  fit them with a
smart (non manufacturer) entry and ignition system.  Fit em with
clever telemetry for speed, location, present user, driving style, fuel
level, vehicle status and black box recording.

 Give people an app to run on their smart phone which tells them where the nearest available car is.

 Go find the car, use your own key, get in and drive off.  Finished
with it?  dump it wherever or maybe at the local
Carpool.   hit the ‘finished’ button on the dash or hit the
‘hold me for 30 mins’  button.

I think it’s a winner. 

Charge users a quid a mile all in.  No petrol, no insurance, no fuel, no road tax.

Pay by the usage.  Wanna get a car definitely outside your door at 8am?  pay delivery from agency.

team of drivers to fuel, service and redistribute the motors.   if each
car only does 20,000 miles a year then each car would pay for itself in
just two years (probably)

 Get utilisation higher and a
car might pay for itself in 6 months.  quid a mile is cheaper than some
taxi journeys these days…. 

For urban use only, fit bigger tanks and run veggie.  run electric.  Run solar chargers. 

Smart technology recording demand/geolocation and looking for freeloaders, illegal parkers and speeders….

Small (say £1000) deposit which you loose if you interfere with the
systems.  Sweet. Keep the costs of the car side down by having a
single integrated black box solution.  Use a single car model
only. Advertise that the cars have cameras etc to prevent fraud and
assist in accident cause and have no-one else mess with your drivers…

Tactile two handed input device:



This incredible input device from Tactiva could just be the death of the mouse. Okay, you think I’m crazy already, but you better just check out the site before you reinforce that notion. It looks like a weird touch pad, but wait till you see the demo video.

Not only does the device support multiple simultaneous touches, but it also has tactile feedback so you can feel stuff happening for example buttons which are greyed out feel different to active buttons. The camera system is used to grab a silouette of the hands which are then shown on the CRT to enhance the effect.

The system is used to make the mouse obsolete by having far more common functions available by direct interaction with the screen/pad. For example, touching with one finger on each hand and moving apart zooms in, moving apart zooms out. grabbing a shape and moving to drag it, touching a shape with two fingers to rotate it. I really can’t do it justice here, you must check out the Tactiva site and watch the demo video.

Lexmark don’t want your business

Alas, it’s time for another rant article. Next time you are in the market for a printer, think very carefully if your chosen product is a Lexmark. Renowned for their low price, low quality approach to output devices, Lexmark just won a landmark battle that should ring alarm bells for anyone with a Lexmark printer.
Your printer supply costs just went through the roof. You don’t know it yet, but you have just got well and truly shafted. Lexmark just won a landmark case that makes it illegal under patent law for anyone to manufacture cartridges for their printers or even refill Lexamrk cartridges.

Who cares? Probably you should. Lexmark original cartridges cost a fortune. An absolute fortune. As an example, a set of cartidges for an average Lexmark printer designed for home use will cost you around £80.

Cartridges for a similar Epson printer will cost around £14.

Go figure, but don’t take too long. Stay away from Lexmark and do yourself a favour!