Tuesday, September 19, 2006

My Dream App Didn't Become A Reality

Well the MYDREAMAPP.COM contest is over. It was very exciting to see all the submissions and to see which applications the judges chose for the contest. I didn't think many of the applications were revolutionary and the majority didn't really take advantages of Leopard as the contest asked for. A lot of the submissions seem to be on the scale of shareware apps and not really productivity apps that people will just wow over.

The most interesting commonality between the contestants that I could find is that most are members of the Macrumors forums. It's also interesting to see that there is only one female amongst the 24 finalists.

Here is the full list of winning concepts to be entered into the competition / [ ] indicates fixyourthinking comments:

Anders Melin
A modernized sticky solution that lets people use virtual stickies just as they do in real life. [uninventive shareware style app]

Desktop Wars
Andrew Wilson
A real-time strategy game that brings the battlefield to your desktop with network play, voice commands and more. [interesting concept - a scenario, army men hide behind an icon of your hard drive and lob grenades at the other folders while at the same time deleting them or organizing them]

Pile o' Cards
Bob Conlon
Takes the Hypercard concept into the 21st century through direct manipulation. Could this be the next big breakthrough in hyperlinked media? [I think this has already been done by Sun]

Bogumil Giertler
A modern update to the newspaper, combining the power of RSS, simple newspaper creation and sharing, and an eye-catching user interface. [RSS is overrated in my opinion, but this concept isn't well fleshed out]

Cameron Westland
A virtual window to the outdoors for your desktop. View a virtual representation of your area's weather when too busy to go outside. [Another cool idea but on the level of eye candy that is a cool idea but not worthy of buying, better as freeware]

Dan Lundmark
A virtual plant that responds to productivity, not sunlight and water. Had a good session in Excel? Your plant will thrive. Play too much Warcraft? Expect some withering. [interesting, but only as freeware]

Dillon Krug
Get back into reading, with Bookroom. Presents e-books in a beautiful interface, and supports annotations and Leopard's VoiceOver support. [uninventive - just aded the words beautiful interface to "eBook reader"]

Farzad Sadjadi
File syncing from the future. Sync folders and documents between Macs effortlessly and watch transfer progress through a cool, highly visual wormhole user interface. [Just DotMac fused with Time Machine]

James Badcock
Plan vacations and trips with ease and tie related photos and notes to locations on the map as an interactive travel album. [I like this one - kind of a where, when, what we did app ... not a winner, but a cool app none the less.]

Jeff Greenberg
A Mac implementation on the popular "Getting Things Done" productivity system with iCal and Address Book integration, iPod sync, and more. [Uninventive]

Puppet Constructor
Joe Batutis
Create simple 2D animations with the ease of manipulating puppets. With Puppet Constructor, keyframes are replaced by users manipulating their "puppets" with their mouse. [I like this one a lot and have always wanted Apple to add something like this to iLife]

John Bell
A virtual secretary for your Mac. Minerva can automatically process new contacts, aggregate news, remind you of appointments and more, speaking with Leopard's voiceover. [Uninventive]

Josh McGuire
Keep track of your pet's well-being with iGotPets, and share your pet's profile through the web. [Not sure if I would want it known that I have a rare breed bird or dog all over the web, but this could be nice ... would be better as a freebie available at PetsMart]

Kevin Capizzi
A full Cocoa interface for browsing and participating in your favorite discussion forums. [Throw in an anonymizer and this has promise]

Marshall Kucharczyk
The solution for messy desktops and download folders. Set folders for automatic cleaning based on user set rules. [Uninventive and already done]

Michael Wuerthele
The virtual, network-enabled whiteboard that adds real-time shared visuals to group collaborations. [Already done, I think]

Michael Yuan
The ultimate cookbook application, with online grocery shopping, thousands of recipes, Leopard voiceover technology integration, shopping list sharing, and more. [I like it, but the numerous entries for organization and "beautiful interface" were a bit much]

Mickey Wember
Photo Booth for videos, with easy to use video logging (or "vlogging") support. [Apple will most likely add "recording support"]

Mike Gaboury
An alternative control method powered by your Mac's iSight. Control your Mac with hand gestures and movements. [Although this will be hard to implement, this is my favorite app submitted ... I suggested a red dot on the finger for better tracking in the forums at MYDREAMAPP]

Bubble Fish
Peter Pebler
Bubble Fish is the friend who knows everything, but without the annoyance factor. Ever curious to learn about a word or phrase beyond a dictionary definition? Wikipedia, Google, Flickr and more would be just a control click away. [Uninventive]

Raven Zachary
Turns your phone into a Blackberry lite. Push important emails, news items, and more to your phone from your Mac via SMS. [Salling Clicker does this somewhat already]

Richard Whitelock
Ever had the urge to create a song until you realized it was harder than it was worth? With Whistler, just whistle, hum, or tap out your creation into music app importable form. [This is another favorite of mine, and would make a great companion to Garageband]

Ground Control
Russell Heistuman
Dashboard done right, with a unified design and modules for your most used apps and important information at your fingertips. [Uninventive]

Windy Chen
Bring your wardrobe into your iLife with iStyleIt, a virtual closet on your Mac. Pick your clothes with ease, store and rate your favorite outfits, and share them with your friends. [Interesting, very Einstein]

I submitted 3 ideas ... one of which I had patented a few years back and have tried to get several developers interested in:

Point2: An App that will allow two cursors on the screen with independent movement.

One cursor could be placed on a photoshop palette or a protools slider while the other cursor would be for other movement and navigation on the screen.

Essentially this would be like having a mouse for your left hand and right hand.

It could also be integrated into 1st person gaming - giving the onscreen character a right and left hand independent of each other.

Good luck to all of the contestants!

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