Your Views: What tech would you create?
The winners of our Google Wave invite competition tell us what tech they would create if money and skills were no concern.
The winning entries range from sharing knowledge, automating email, to online karaoke. Here are the top 10 from the contest.
Alberto from Brazil had health care in mind. "If I had investors I would create a medical network that could let sick people talk to other sick people who had the same kind of illness, so that they could exchange their medical procedures, information and drugs prescriptions. This could save millions."
Ali thought small and specific. "If I had a chance to create a new mail server, I would like it to be customised by user location. I want to see my local time and my local date and local calender."
Vivek is cleary sick of reading his email. "I would build an AI browser that learns my uses and reads direct macros for uses like reading mail and informing me about important mail that needs reading, developing an automatic answer, connecting with the desktop to work."
Robert wants to see the end of the mouse. "My tech invention would be an interface allowing verbal communication and text input simultaneously. Imagine being able to get rid of your mouse and keep your hands on your keyboard at all time. Verbal commands such as Search Google' or Open Music Folder' could replace the need for a mouse."
We like it, but it could get annoying pretty quickly in our open plan office
Wayne wants to help spread education. "I'm interested in developing an open source light internet portal/website that's capable of educating children and adults. The portal would be free and serve the underserved around the world. Educational experts would bring together appropriate free content and build a sound curriculum. The portal would track progress and be adaptive."
Ruan must really love Google. "I would create a specific code that would loyal Google customers could embed into their website to ensure Google crawlers enhance the website's SEO ranking and that would in conjunction automatically create Adwords adverts on the company playing on keywords and links."
Ian just wants to have fun. "A karaoke social website. Company can put their songs to it. People can post their own new melody or new lyrics into it. Visitors can sing online by entering a virtual karaoke room with the songs they pick. Other people can visit the room or join and sing together."
Jesse wants something many have tried to create, but failed to do well. "A combination of travel books, forums and tips from people you meet will help you travel effectively, but information regularly changes. A central, community-fed and moderated social-network/database with an associate mobile app could provide travellers with up to the minute (potentially) travel information/advice and a place to share helpful stories."
We like Christopher's idea, not least because it means you could read IT PRO in nice wide-screen format everywhere you go. "My next great tech innovation would be flexible computer screens. Imagine a computer monitor you could roll up and take with you. Or expand the idea into digital editions of magazines or newspapers. Subscribers to the magazine or news could download the latest editions every day. Save trees, go digital!"
Craig scared us a bit with his idea. "A networking site that you step inside' your favourite celebrity. The investment would develop technology in Video Contact Lenses. I propose streaming live, first person, video feed from celebrities wearing this technology directly to the lenses of their followers. Image one million people in Stephen Fry's head, I need say no more." Mr Fry, if you see Craig, you might want to run
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