iProj : the new product concept

iPod, iPhone and iPad are great products. But the issue is that they come in different sizes. I agree that each has different screen dimensions that require a different physical product size. So for different screen size, we need to carry different physical size devices.

I think the next big product would be to remove this limitation of different screen-sizes and then device sizes.

I am still waiting for the device that will have variable screen size and smallest possible device size. When you are on move and want to make a call, the screen would be of iPhone size. When you are relaxing at home the screen would be of a 52 inch TV. When you are on your desk, typing emails, the screen would be of your desktop size. When you are making a presentation, the screen would be of size according to the room. But the device itself would have the smallest possible physical dimensions.

Our data is going to reside in cloud, we still carry and use different devices for same thing like- checking email, watching videos, browsing etc.

Pranav Mistry had come up with a demo of similar idea in 2009. But till date there is no real consumer product for this.

As Apple is obsessed with letter i and P in the names of its products, it looks like iProj to be a new product name for such a Product.

USA 2.0

United States of America has come long way from its origin and it reached its peak of being Super Power in the World. But the recent recession in economy and unprecedented growth in the economy of China has brought USA to a point where it would be nececcary to  launch a new version i.e. USA 2.0

Like any upcoming product let me predict the features of USA 2.0:

1. Automation – The next age belongs to automation. The long lost dream of robots in the house is soon going to be realized. There was an age of Electricity, an age of Plastics, an age of Agriculture Boom, an age of the Internet; Soon there will be an age of Automation. If you are in USA, you will find that in next 10 years you would be surrounded by Robots (I know it sounds like a cliche, even though we have not seen many robots in our back yard). This is still an imagination that has lingered in our minds for such a long time. Now it seems the time is ripe for the Robots that can cut our grass, make our bed, clean our house and even make a nice cup of coffee. Read my future posts on the kinds of Robots we would see in USA 2.0.

2. Alternate / Low Energy Devices: People of USA are very fond of things and devices. It is inevitable that they would be able to live without these. These devices define their life-style. But these devices make USA one of the biggest consumer of energy that comes from Oil. Recent trend of Energy Star standards would come a long way to make alomst every thing energy efficient.

3. All Natural Food: The food in USA is one of the biggest inhibitor of productivity. It is full of carbohydrsates, sugar, artificial colors and lots of preservatives. It makes people lazy, obese and sick. The cost of this kind of food on human productivity is very high. The trend is now towards organic and natural food. With advances in refrigeration and supply chain, it makes more sense to eat fresh and all natural food. It would be a healthy choice for USA 2.0.

4. Personal Transportation: Currently, Car and Flight are the most popular choices for transportation. The car has two big limitations, Firstly a car requires a parking lot. Secondly, you need to walk to the car in parking lot to get anything done. This adds to unlimted hours of wasting time. A personal transportation system that can take you from the place you are sitting or let say from outside of a building to the outside of another building without the hassle of parking and walking would be the coice of people in USA 2.0. Or there could be a case of cars coming automatically out of any parking lot to you.

5. Personal Home Delivery: This point is similar to the Automation point. But it is different in the sense that it would save so much of time and resources that USA 2.0 would just wonder how people in USA 1.0 were living with just the Internet and no Personal Home Delivery. The idea is that there will be flying robots to provide you Personal Home Delivery of almost every thing. Isn’t it odd that a Pizza guy has to pick a pizza, keep in the car, start the car, drive the car, find your home, ring the bell, deliver the Pizza and then go back to his shop. One pizza delivery is making a persona busy. It is not the kind of job USA 2.0 needs. Instead there would be a flying robot. Once your order is ready the robot will just fly and deliver the pizza to you within minutes via the shortest air route. Not only Pizza, there would be so many other things like- Coffee, Bakery Items, Fresh milk or any thing for which you have to drive to your nearest grocery store would be delivered through this Personal Delivery System without you taking a step out of your home.

6. Doctors and Scientists: I am not prejudiced towards any kind of job, except doctor and scientist. In future these are the two jobs USA 2.0 population needs to fulfil. With automation the jobs like- Toll Booth Operator, Parking Attendant, Cashier etc would shrink. Instead there would be need for jobs in Science and Medical area. With the shortage of Doctors in the whole World, it makes more sense for USA 2.0 to produce more doctors.

The list of things in USA 2.0 is very long. If you want to add some more points to the list write it in comments.

Facebook Business

Do you know in which businesses Facebook operates?

1. Email – With so many status updates on facebook, you don’t need to write emails to your friends and family, enquiring about their vacation, baby births, city change, birthday greetings etc. Facebook is eating a big chunk of email business.

2. Photo Sharing – Well, there are dedicated photo sharing websites like- Picasa, Flickr etc. But where do you get the relevant and selected photos of your friends? People put photos on their Facebook profile after so much careful selection. Its one of the biggest source of relevant photos on the Internet. (Do you know who is the biggest seller of digital cameras? Nikon, Canon, Sony? Its Nokia!! They sell more cell phones with digital cameras than the digicam manufacturers.)

3. Chat – Although Facebook has a chatting feature like Gtalk, Yahoo Chat, but it is the status update and Wall features that have reduced the need to chat on everyday topics that can be easily shared with a few clicks.

4. Videos – Where do you find the videos that you might like? Do you still spend hours searching and viewing videos on YouTube to find a handful of funny videos? Of course the place to put videos is Youtube. But the place to watch videos is Facebook, where you already have pre-selected videos.

5. Market Place – Recently launched Market place on Facebook, covers the need to sell (or get rid of) our unwanted items. You can buy or sell your used/new stuff online by putting it on Facebook Market place. This is something similar to the purpose for which ebay was launched. The only difference is that now you can buy from people you trust, the people who are too much connected to lose their reputation in a social network.

6. News Sharing (like) – You like an internet site and want to share it with your friends and family. Do you prefer clicking “Send an email” link and typing email address or just clicking the “Like” button, and it gets shared with your contacts on Facebook? Well this is one of the greatest changes in the Internet business that Facebook has brought. You are so much close to relevant content in the jungle of Internet, by just this small “like” button.

7. Online Advertising – The God of Online Advertising, Google, is feeling pressure on its throne. Google search has been serving not only relevant search results but also relevant ads for the services that you would like to buy. Now Facebook is slowly eating this space by providing online ads to people who are spending more and more time on Internet on Facebook pages. Think of it – You see the new born pictures of a friend’s baby and you get a link to send a gift to the friend. How much relevant !!

8. E-Greetings – Well this is a very small business. But looks like- Facebook is going to grab most of this business by providing you reminders about upcoming birth days, anniversaries, back to school and many more events on your newsfeed.

9. Bank – From this point the futuristic things start. Facebook may launch a Bank soon and it will pose competition to not only PayPal but also our ordinary Banks. It will be like lending money to your friends or may be friends of friends on terms favorable to you.

Often you have money lying in Bank that earns a low interest rate. Sometimes a friend in need borrows money from you. Now add these two statements, a friend in need borrows your money lying in Bank and offers you a better interest rate online through Facebook. It will add value to both of you. Since both of you are on Facebook in a Social Network, a person would lose a bigger reputation by not returning your money.

So it will be safer to lend money in your network then lending it to a bank or a mortgage company. With millions of users in Facebook network, it can easily match in size with a traditional bank.

10. Travel – How do you prefer to travel? Alone or with friends? If you prefer travelling with friends, Facebook can help you organize group travels, by creating a bigger group of people in your network, to travel to a destination and get deeper discounts from Travel companies- Airlines, Hotels, Car rentals etc.

11. Hotel – Not long before the birth of hotel industry, it was common for people to travel and stay with a friend or a friend of a friend. There are some social hospitality sites where people host fellow travellers in their spare bedrooms. With Facebook, it will be more convenient to find that spare room in friend’s friend’s house rather than choosing an unknown person on the Internet.

The limit of things ot be done on Facebook are unlimited. The time will tell where we will end up with Facebok. But my prediction is that the way Apple surpassed Microsoft this year, Facebook would surpass Google in next five years.

Why you should always buy a car made on Wednesday?

Old Toyota Car - still running

Most of the car dealers, mechanics and car manufacturers buy the cars that are made on wednesday. Why?

Reason is simple. On Monday and Friday the absenteeism is highest in the car factory. (why? Just because its common to add an extra day off around the weekend.) In car factory, its a assembly line operation. One guy fixes your side mirrors, another guys puts on the seats,  another guys installs the steering wheel. Each one of these is expert in its own area of work.

Lets say on one Monday they are short of people installing the steering wheel, they may ask a guy from another area to install it. Else the assembly line will slow or may stop. Now you can guess what will happen if a worker installing the side mirrors is asked to install the steering wheel. Even small things like Glove compartments can be incorrectly installed due to this shuffling.

Well there is always a quality department to check the defects after the car is made. But same rule of absenteeism applies to quality department too.

Eventually, it is Wednesday when the absenteeism is lowest in the factory. And you can expect right guy doing the right job.

Thats the reason Car Dealers and other Car industry related people buy the cars made on Wednesday.

Just check the manufacturing date of your car and see when was it made.