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How do make a Tech idea reality?

by The_Noid / November 6, 2008 8:27 PM PST

I have a few ideas for gadgets, etc. Does anyone have experience in getting a prototype made or patented, etc? What about software? Or phone features? If you have these ideas what can/should you do with them?

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My thought on this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 6, 2008 9:55 PM PST

I've done a few ideas to reality trips so the basic answer is for you to make it happen. No one will build your prototype for you. Again, do whatever it takes to get to your goal (legally of course.)

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by The_Noid / November 6, 2008 10:21 PM PST
In reply to: My thought on this.

Thanks Prof - but unfortunately I'm not a computer programmer, nor an engineer - some of my ideas are simply improving on an existing product or hybridizing features, etc. Is there a company you can go to or someone you can partner with to do the building or programming part? Or do you simply shop your idea around to existing companies who do this sort of thing and track your correspondence carefully so they can't simply swipe your idea without paying you?

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That sounds like those IBM commercials.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 6, 2008 10:28 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks

"World wide, fully integrated, real time using open source..." with the punchline of "We haven't figured that out yet."

Back to your idea. Why not become a programmer and engineer, even if it takes time and effort?

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by The_Noid / November 6, 2008 11:52 PM PST

I'd love to become a programmer and an engineer. By the time that happens I should hopefully have some NEW ideas since the tech ideas I have now probably won't work on the stuff that's futuristic....
Seriously though - I almost don't have the time, money, and energy to keep up with my everyday life - while I appreciate what you are saying, and in some ways would love to make that happen by "wanting it" enough. I also have to face the reality that I simply don't have that drive for this issue - I do, however, think I have some reasonable ideas....

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Out Source it
by mattadata / November 7, 2008 4:54 AM PST
In reply to: LOL

I have had a few ideas as well. One was actually good enough to start development. I used . You post what you need, and developers from all over the world bid on your project. You can see their past work and read reviews about their work. Its like Ebay for developers.

Of course I picked one of the lower bids. After a few weeks, I could tell that the developer didn't have the skills I needed. He finally quit. Since he didn't finish, I didn't have to pay him.

In the end, I learned the skills I needed to develop it on my own.

I think there are many sites like out there.

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you can appliy for a patent
by robstak / November 9, 2008 2:08 PM PST

but i almost guarantee someone has already thought of it... sadly (been there)

you can do a patent search at the US patent office and you can apply for one for 150 bucks, but ive heard if it's something you are areally serious about you should hire an attorney to do the searching and paperwork for you...

i guess it comes down to how serious you are and how much you are willing to commit to your ideas...

either way, good luck! Happy hope this is somewhat helpful

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by The_Noid / November 9, 2008 8:31 PM PST

Everybody - it's nice to have a place to post and get some truly good feedback. It's definitely possible that my ideas have already been taken - certainly they aren't PRODUCTS yet (or at least not to the most extreme best of my googling abilities) Who knows.

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