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16 August 2010        ADVERTISING MARKETING

Eye Tracking service distributors wanted

Knowing what people see and - more important - what they miss out is the key to an effective marketing campaign which turns people to buyers. Stop guessing and use the unique features of eye tracking to get insight into peoples attention. Our all-in-one software package makes eye tracking studies incredibly easy.

We build and release software for eye tracking studios and we provide eye-tracking tests via Internet. We are looking for partners from other countries to create Eye Tracking studio in your country or to accept orders to eye tracking research for customers in your country.


28 April 2010        GIFTWARE

Gift Map / Gift Mark

The “Gift Map” and “Gift Mark” are concepts I came up with for presenting gift cards in a new and unique way. A few years ago, having absolutely no idea what to give my wife on her birthday, I decided to buy gift cards. I bought five of them but did not want to just tuck them in her card. After a long session of brain-storming, I finally just drew a map of our town and attached the gift cards to it where those stores were actually located. She loved it. This became the Gift Map. The Gift Mark is a simplified version. It is basically what looks like an over-sized bookmark, with a design on one side and the gift cards on the other- placed one above the other.

Officially, for the purpose of a patent, a Gift Map is a computer generated, not to scale, map of a genuine geographical location, such as a county, city, or town. This roughly 12X28 map, folded accordion style, contains multiple gift cards with monetary value for various businesses. The gift cards are positioned on the map with a temporary adhesive, relevant to their actual locations in that specific geographical region. In less technical terms- a Gift Map is just a folded map with five gift cards attached to it- designed in a unique and fun-looking style.

My plan is for Gift Maps and Gift Marks to be themed, using specific combinations of businesses on them. This makes it possible to buy one for a specific person or occasion. There are unlimited possibilities. Here are some of my ideas: An all restaurants version, one for men (electronics, sporting goods, home improvement, etc.), one for women (clothing, restaurants, salons, etc.), children (toys, electronics, fast-food restaurants, etc.), teens, newlywed couples, retirees, new homeowners- the list goes on and on.

The sales of Gift Maps and Gift Marks will generate revenue in the same manner as retailers selling their gift cards in other businesses than their own. It is common to see various gift cards offered in grocery stores, department stores, and other establishments everywhere. In keeping a percentage of these sales, as the retailers involved in this third party practice do, significant revenue is created. Since printing and assembly costs are fairly inexpensive, keeping a small percentage of each Gift Map/Mark sale would make a very decent profit. A small fee of about five dollars will also be charged for the
Map (three for the Mark) as well. My plan is to offer $50 (five ten-dollar gift cards) and $100 (five twenty-dollar gift cards) versions. They could conceivably be uniquely made for any city and/or town, making it possible for the Gift Map and Gift Mark to spread throughout the U.S.
I am in need of funding and/or a business partner to begin this business endeavor.

28 December 2009        HOUSEHOLD GOODS

Natural air purification system

Natural air purification system called Andrea utilizes living plant filtration to rapidly and efficiently remove airborne toxins. Andrea exploits and hastens the process of plant filtration with a whisper-quiet fan that draws air into the vessel, propels it through the leaves and root system and out through the water into the room.
This innovation enables much better de-pollution of indoor air than the ground-breaking tests done by NASA in the 1980s – the starting point for experiments by industrial designer Mathieu Lehanneur & Harvard professor David Edwards who created Andrea in 2007 and featured it in MoMA's critically-acclaimed exhibition, Design and the Elastic Mind.

Any kind of household plant can be used as the filtration agent, offering freedom to select the foliage that best suits the motif of any part of your home.
Curiously, the best-performing plants are quite common. They include Spathiphyllum (spath or peace lily), Dracaena marginata (rededged dragon tree), Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant) and Aloe vera.

With an effective range of roughly 33 square meters, Andrea works for most any room in the home or office where the threat of stagnant air or noxious gases are a concern. Thanks to its altogether pleasing form and a base that mimics ceramic pottery, this 21st century device manages to look quite traditional—a bonus for those averse to the gadget aesthetics of Sharper Image products.

Based on experiments performed by RTP Labs, Andrea improves the efficiency of formaldehyde removal from the air relative to plants alone by 360%. Relative to HEPA and carbon filters, comparison between the RTP Labs data and literature data show an improvement in formaldehyde filtration efficiency of 4400%. These data confirm that while plants alone in an interior setting are more efficient than HEPA and carbon filters at removing toxic gases from the air, they are significantly less efficient than Andrea. Even more important, the rate of gas removal by Andrea is, according to the RTP Labs data, over 1000% faster than for plants alone. That is, Andrea dramatically accelerates the efficiency of air cleaning relative to plants alone.


24 September 2009        ENERGY

Integrated solar roof tiles

Until recently generating electricity by solar energy meant covering a roof by ugly panels that were usually not seamlessly integrated into the roof surface.
USA based SRS Energy is one of the first companies that develops and manufactures solar roofing tiles designed to seamlessly integrate with traditional roofing products. The result is a stylish and simple solution for sustainable residential and commercial roofing that is undistinguishable from classical clay tiles.

The dark blue tiles, manufactured by SRS Energy, are jointly branded and distributed by US Tile and specifically designed to be compatible with the clay roof tiles manufactured by US Tile. Customers who purchase clay tiles will be given the option to upgrade a section of their roof to Solé Power Tiles. When installed, the system can offset a large proportion of a homeowner's energy costs—not to mention cleaning their carbon conscience. The system makes it easy for consumers to make a green choice, without having to settle for an unattractive product. There will be more tile styles and colours available making the product even more appealing to customers.

The tiles are made from a high-performance polymer that is lightweight, unbreakable and recyclable. Flexible solar technology by United Solar Ovonic is embedded inside each tile, allowing them to function independently of each other. The system performance is monitored remotely by SRS Energy and US Tile.

Sole Power Tile claims that they produce more energy that other building integrated photovoltaic solutions for the same system capacity. Higher rate of return, which in California ranges between 5-10 percent makes the monthly cost of an upgrade cheaper than monthly savings. The ROI calculations are based on pricing and eco incentives in California, US. So far more technical data like efficiency of electrical generation, real output in watt per tile for given light conditions are not available. This information would help to confirm ROI calculated for California as well as to estimate ROI for other countries as well.
It will be only matter of time when this kind of products will be available world wide allowing many small entrepreneurs and dealers be a part of the new business opportunity.


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