QuestionThere are many fabulous inventions that would change our lives in positive ways if only we could buy them, but they either fail to be distributed or cannot replace established technologies/norms. Which would you like to see promoted?
      – Lee J Haywood, 2009-10-13 at 10:45:52   (7 comments)

On 2009-10-13 at 10:55:11, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I was thinking today about the airless tyres that eliminate rolling noise - saving fuel - and how although brilliant enough that they ought to be available, when combined with silent engines they'd make the whole issue with pedestrians not hearing quiet cars even worse. One relatively simple technology I often think about was featured decades ago. It involves placing a pattern on glass in such a way that it appears opaque on one side and transparent from the other. I have no idea why this isn't everywhere - it'd be especially useful for advertising on the sides of buses, I imagine.
On 2009-10-14 at 01:09:18, BorgClown wrote...
PVR's, like the Tivo. Computers, hard disks and TV cards are cheap, yet these devices are costly or tied to a pay TV plan. They are supposed to be VCR/DVD killers. One can roll his own, but it would be much practical to have a small flat device instead of a generic case or an extra laptop.
On 2009-10-14 at 01:11:01, BorgClown wrote...
Ah, excuse my english...
On 2009-10-14 at 03:10:41, DigitalBoss wrote...
I built a MythTV box. It is pretty cool except it doesn't do hidef yet.
On 2009-10-14 at 07:06:26, BorgClown wrote...
What did you use? Desktop, laptop or computer-in-a-board?
On 2009-10-14 at 10:14:40, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Here we have free digital broadcast TV, my mother has a DVD-based recorder and even my grandparents have a hard drive recorder that is inexpensive. There's no subscription cost. I wrote my own PVR years ago, utilising my computer's TV tuner, but could easily go out and buy a DVR if I needed one.
On 2009-10-15 at 05:43:46, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I suspect it's all about controlling media, corporate copyright and stuff. Since USA has such strong copyright lobbies, it affects all of the Americas, even all the way to Canada. You have to DIY if you want something practical and not tied to a rent. Ah, the marvels of free market.