Thx Ken for the contact, Ill be sure to let her know you sent me. So to answer your question, I would like to start a website that deals with the freedom of information act. I would like to start a central site where people can post documents and have them nicely categorized for searches. Also, the site will have other documents as well as requests for documents that other people would be in a better position to obtain. This seems a timely site with the current concerns going on in the U.S.
I bought an iPod Nano recently and, never having had any similar device, was surprised that the ear buds do an absolutely lousy job of keeping out extraneous sounds. If I press them against my ear canals the sound is fantastic, but that's hardly a sensible solution. So I went looking for better ear buds. I found a set that looked good; they actually conform to the shape of the ear canal and keep out ambient sounds. But they don't include the little control device on the wire that the iPod's ear bud wire has, so there's no way to control the iPod.
So here's the idea: an Ear Bud Adapter: A fairly simple foam "bud" that fits over the iPod's bud but does a better job of conforming to the shape of the ear canal, that basically lets you "plug" the bud into your ear and thereby exclude most ambient noise.
I've looked around and haven't seen anything like this, in spite of the preponderance of iPod accessories.
Good idea? How would I go about turning this idea into an actual product?
I'm working on setting up a maker space on Maui.... mauiMakers.com That in itself isn't an invention, there are similar spaces around the world, but we are trying to bring the means for digital manufacturing (fab labs) to the islands. This will let inventors and artists "build just about anything" locally. 3D printing, laser cutting/etching, electronics, software - gear and knowledgable friends.
Time will tell. I'm not trying for a TechShop(tm) with millions in capital and tens-o-thousands of sqft. I doubt the whole state could support that. But a hacker/makerspace only needs 10-30 contributing members to be functional, depending on expenses. I helped start CrashSpace.org in LA this past year and its running well with about that number of members. I think we have a great community of techies and artists here and lots of folks have expressed interest.
I'd love to see spaces on the other islands too. There's been a listing for a Honolulu space on hackerspaces.org for a long while but I haven't gotten a response from the url.