Traffic congestion is a problem faced by individuals, business and society alike. I recently read an RACQ report which said that the cost of traffic (including extra travel time, increased fuel usage, travel time unreliability and pollution from congestion when compared to optimal traffic conditions) is estimated to cost the nation $12 billion annually. This is expected to increase to $20 billion by 2020. This does not factor in the cost to the quality of life for individuals or the impact to productivity.
There are apps on the market that help users to report and avoid traffic however they are all primarily navigation apps that also do a bit of traffic reporting. My app idea is to create an app that is primarily a traffic streaming information tool that gives users an at-a-glance view of traffic congestion targeted to their specific route.There is most definitely a gap in the current market here that I think is worth exploring.
Ideation & Defining the Problem
Despite there being literally hundreds of cooking apps on the market, something that I’ve always thought was fundamentally missing (even for really bad cooks like myself!) is an app that gives users recipes based on what ingredients they actually have on hand.
As a user myself I have found when using such apps, I’ll find a really good recipe that I want to make right then and there, only to find I’m missing some of the crucial ingredients needed to make it. This is very frustrating when all you want to do is make something for dinner as then it comes down to a choice of “Do I go out to the supermarket and get the crucial ingredients” or “Do I say ‘bugger it’, pick up the phone and call Dominios?”. Too often it’s the latter, as the pile of discarded pizza boxes in my recycling bin will attest.
Enter: Smart Kitchen!
An app that gives users recipes based on a list of user-supplied ingredients; ensuring that the user will have the ingredients ready for the recipes it outputs.
E.g. I tell Smart Kitchen that I have; beef mince, tomato paste and dry spaghetti and it provides a heap of spaghetti bolognaise recipes. These could be sourced as a mash-up from existing services such as Taste.com as well as user submitted recipes.
Update:Okay, so it turns out that this app already exists (they even took the “Smart Kitchen” name I cleverly came up with!).
It looks like it only came out in June this year so they just beat me to it! It pretty much does exactly what I wanted to do with mine in that it allows you to select ingredients using a very clean, slick GUI, as well as a heap of other functions. Oh well, guess it’s back to the drawing board…!
On the upside, this app now exists!! I’m downloading it right now!
Our team’s variation on Angry Birds is called “Crazy Candies” and pits the Rock Candy Men against the Jelly Dinosaurs. Inspired by some animal-shaped lollies our team shared in Workshop, it replaces the protagonist birds with some small, round-bodied men made from hard candy and the pigs with dinosaurs made from jelly (as in the lolly-type substance)
I came up with some thoughts for the story early one morning (when I seem to have my best ideas). The Rock Candy Men live in tribes and one of these tribes set out to find the mythical “Jelly Valley” where they can live peacefully. They find the Jelly Valley only to find it overrun with Jelly Dinosaurs! So of course they decide they have to get rid of all the dinosaurs and begin attacking them. The Rock Candy Men are more anti-heroes really as they are essentially invading and eradicating a native species from its natural habitat so it’s a bit of a twist on the original story.
I raised this story idea at our first meeting on Monday (where I talked myself into taking the meeting minutes [P.S. I HATE taking minutes!]) and got some good feedback. Moon had some good ideas also so we decided to merge them together. I also showed off my awesome slingshot design (complete with red liquorice rope!) which was also well received. The next challenge will be, can we actually BUILD it using paddle pop sticks and rubber bands?