[Discuss] A website to post and work on open design ideas

J. Simmons jrs at mach30.org
Sat Jul 5 18:40:41 UTC 2014

Something like this might make for an interesting feature on Open Design
Engine (ODE - https://opendesignengine.net/).  Since ODE is a custom
implementation of Redmine, one could probably develop the feature as a
plugin independent of the main line development of ODE.  I would be willing
to chat more about this (Mach 30 setup ODE as a service for the larger OSHW
community and I am one of the key project members working on ODE at Mach
30), but I don't have the resources at Mach 30 to lead the implementation.

You know, this idea also reminds me of some of the crowd sourced idea sites
like Quirky (http://www.quirky.com/).  Except, I don't think I know any of
them personally that focus on OSHW licensed projects.


On Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM, Harry Hutton <harryhutton92 at gmail.com>

> Hey guys,
> Interesting video from Steven Johnson here
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NugRZGDbPFU
> He talks extensively about liquid networks - basically an environment
> where ideas have sex. To a certain extent, this mailing list is a liquid
> network.
> Does anyone know of any good websites where this also occurs?
> Essentially i'm wondering if there is a place to post some half formed
> product ideas - in the hopes that others can suggest ideas for them and we
> can bring the idea forward. Or a place for describing design problems,
> framing them as challenges - and the community works together to research
> options and put forward solutions.
> An example of a design idea which I quickly put together in Photoshop:
> http://i.imgur.com/JpncjnE.jpg?1
> Others would then be able to respond, and perhaps project areas could be
> set up such as hardware sourcing, software writing, industrial design,
> manufacturing etc.
> An example of a design problem (which would be formed as a text post):
> *"When I go jogging I sometimes run through dodgy areas. Would be nice to
> have some sort of way to call for help if needed - but I don't want to
> carry my bulky phone in my pocket"*
> Others could then respond with ideas (which I assume would potentially
> result in a design idea of some sort of wearable incorporating a panic
> button. This could then lead to further development.)
> Hope you are all well,
> H
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