Well, in the past (and if you get me drunk enough I’ll no doubt bore you with the same story – again) I’ve had great ideas, kept them to myself and years later they are realised by someone else, who’s presumably getting rich from it.
Two things I’ve claimed to have invented/thought of years before they appeared were the rear parking sensor in cars. This stems from my childhood in around 1984 ish, when my younger brother had Starbird and Intruder toys which had a simple proximity detector on it that made noises when you fired its lasers and they hit something. Back then I though why couldn’t you put them on the back of a car to warn you if you were going to hit something. A few years later, BMW (or whoever) came to the same conclusion.
My other (which hasn’t caught on so much) is the multimedia headstone. Again a few years back, I was musing how I’d quite like a modern, perspex headstone with an LCD screen connected to a web cam of me decomposing in my grave! A bit macabre, but educational, and the screen would also have my bio and photos from my life. It would all be solar powered. So I’m not sure about the perspex and web cam bit, but you can now get multimedia headstones, Vidstone.
I’ve two other great inventions in my head, one I’ve talked about to mates in the pub to solve the web micro payments problem, and the other about generating power by walking, which came from Trevor Baliss’ thoughts on the Electric Shoe. I’ve not told anyone about that, as it could actually make some money if I could ever get around to patenting it.
If other things crop up, I thought I share those here.