Friday, April 4, 2014

What happened to the Underground Wireless Power project?

Many have asked me what happened to the project that I was working on for much of 2011-13.. the Underground Wireless Power Transmission project. Sadly, the founders and I separated ways when they decided to follow a competing capital raising approach.

Unfortunately, after putting the level of work that I did into the project and then having this new development forced on me I decided to move on. For the record, I think it's a great idea but needs a killer execution team to have a chance at winning.

Despite the high profile and work that resulted from my involvement, I never expected to be given or claim equity in the project as I felt that the team had enough of a burden to get the idea going than to have additional non contributing hangers-on in the seed round. I would have been involved only if I and my partners were involved as significant investors and controlling shareholders... but that did not eventuate.

Hope things work out guys.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

How to see Australia.. by flying boat

A friend of mine who is a JetStar pilot and all round Indiana Jones type is also an inventor. Rowan Watkins invented the StopRotor technology which turns a helicopter into a plane and back... it means vertical take off and landing with full speed fixed wing flight speed in between!

Power to him... but back to my story. I ran the logistics of my plans to one day get a Flying Doctor plane (ie a Pilatus PC12) and follow the Australian coast line at 1500 feet to really see this wonderful continent.
Quick as a wink he countered with what he thought was a better idea and I cant get it out of my head.

Get on old flying boat (so you can land wherever you want) fit it out with a double bed and some long life batteries and a bit of a kitchen and really experience Australia.
Can you imagine a double bed in here? Looking out the buble windows of a night time?

How much do you think? A Pilatus costs 2-3 mill and 1.8 mill second hand. How much for a floating home? $345k US!!! A pity they dont make these beautiful planes any more this one was made in 1944 so I'm a bit worried about my maintenance skills... but what a wonderful thought.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What is the underlying value in BitCoin?

I seem to be seeing a lot of people questioning the value of BitCoin as a legitimate currency. The proponents of the currency don't seem to be doing a good job of explaining it... now I'm no economist but for some reason its pretty obvious to me how it works...

Here goes...

All trading standards resolve back to the basic principle of scarcity. Wheat is not as highly valued as gold due to scarcity. Scarcity is the result of demand exceeding availability. If Gold was as plentiful as grass it wouldn't be used as the basis of trade. All trading mediums are a surrogate for a much larger set of traded goods and services. A days work gets 500 pieces of paper called a dollar. That five hundred pieces of paper buys a few days rent and some groceries.

With BitCoin the scarcity is defined by the limited number of coins that are in circulation. The fact that there is a community that is willing to trade in what amounts to unique numbers is no different than a community that wants to trade in piece of paper.

The reason that dollars are called currency and technically no longer can be called money is because money is by definition linked to the gold standard. 1 Gold coin use to equal the equivalent value of that gold in terms of how much it weighed. When paper money came in, the gold was stored away but each dollar was valued at the equivalent weight of stored gold. Since most money systems became currencies and started being traded based on international trade demand (ie scarcity) the gold standard has become meaningless.

I may be wrong about this, but this is the way I understand it all and hope it helps you to make sense of this new digital currency thing thats happening... I'm waiting to see how it gets abused but its inevitable that it will stabilize and become a real currency.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Microsoft's Concept of How 2019 Will Look Like - Official Video

Some interesting concepts here... especially the use of a touch surface for remote screen control... allows a small hand space to be used to navigate a large screen area. Kind of touch-pad-ish but with smart apps running under your fingers... and the digital ink/ paper at the end... that seems to have stalled of late... wonder what the roadblocks are...

Smarty Ring - yet another wareable computer - interesting form factor

I actually like this idea more than a watch... it seems easier than having to use your other arm to answer calls interact as you would with a watch... well done guys... I hope you get the $40k you are needing.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ric's Top 5 Predictions for the Next Few Years

What does the future of tech hold?

Here are Ric's top 5 predictions for big technology breakthroughs in the next few years:

  1. Healthcare tech - especially carer centric healthcare technology
  2. Wearable computing - especially head gear like Google Glass
  3. 3D Printers - they will change everything
  4. The localisation of the Internet
  5. Personal Information management and Privacy

These are the technologies I see coming fast down the pipe and going to influence our lives. There are others that I am looking at strategically or personally but I thought these were worth sticking my neck out over. So here are the details:

Carer-Centric Healthcare
Healthcare is the buzzword for technology focus in the next few years as the generations of the 50's and 60's start to hit later life and the world's population starts to age.
    Advances in healthcare are reaching a critical storm as sensors and Internet enabled devices match with advanced software to enable people facing old age to manage their own health better and to help overburdened carers do their job more effectively while allowing people to stay in their homes and out of aged care longer.

Wearable Computers
Think Google Glass... or the predicted Apple Watch. Yes Wearable computers are coming. There is resistance to this development but much of it is generational. Kids are going to gobble this stuff up. They are more connected than ever. The same way that gen X took up mobile phones at many times the rate of gen Y, gen Z will do with Wearable Computers.
    This will also be accelerated by really cool software applications that are only starting to evolve. Predictive or contextual software will drive adoption even faster.

3D Printers will change everything
At first it will be anything made of plastic less than 100mm x 100mm x 100mm. Then it will be Aluminium. Then wood, then chairs,   then buildings, then prescription drugs. Next year key patents blocking high adoption of 3D printing technology will expire and the race will be on.
    Everything will be produced by local or even in-home 3D printer setups. I'm looking forward to art pieces made out of cellulose fiber and reproductions of old 'out of manufacture' Dinky toys. The world's first 3D printed home is just about to be made in the UK.

The Localization of the Internet
The Net has given every little business the opportunity to reach out across the globe to find customers... which is a fantastic thing. The net has not been so good at telling you what is available in your own town or suburb.
     It has also been pretty dumb at showing you interesting stuff that surrounds you right now if you don't know how to look for it.
    The coming Internet of Things, a new type of Bluetooth device and push location services will all converge to make the Internet more local than ever before and return value to the businesses and shops that are within your immediate area. I am personally working on a few of these projects and the future looks bright.

Personal Information Management
People are starting to worry about what FaceBook is doing with their pictures and private comments. Murmurs of discontent about the NSA and the CIA accessing your emails and cloud storage areas are starting to get louder.
    Add to this, the opportunity that exists collect, present and store information for yourself instead of having others mange the data for you.
    Want to know your bank account balance but don't want an app publishers having access to your account. A new bread of self managed software will allow your own personal server to collect, collate, present and notify you WITHOUT having the data go to a software developers storage area. This is the advantage of Personal Information Management Software.

Do you agree? What are your predictions? Feel free to comment below and join the conversation...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Byron Hub is up and running.

For those of you who came to the Innovation Pipeline event, Id just like to let you know that the web site we talked about is up and running.. every person from the event has their own web page, plus a page to ask for help and to offer to help others...

Kind of a Craig's list for helping each other...

The site uses the same software as Wikipedia so it takes a bit of getting use to, but its really powerful... if you didn't get to the event but want to join the Hub Community, send me an email and I'll set you up.

Hope you can join us.

Innovation Pipeline Success

Yes I turned up.. but it was everyone else that made the event the success it was.. I have yet to send personal thank yous to the speakers or to Donna, Lynne and Katrina from the RDA or the Craig Jenkins and his team at NSW Trade and Investment.. but the bottom line is... it did more than I ever could have expected...

Well whats next...

Had a lot of requests for a session on Crowdfunding for inventors... and lots of volunteers offering help with the Byron Hub and the first stage of the pipeline that I'm concocting... some stuff to keep me intrigued over the holiday break...

So please comment below if you agree and want to comment on the event...

Thank you everybody.

Monday, October 28, 2013

We are done! 100 now coming and no more seats available

Sorry everyone but we officially ran out of seats earlier today... we severely underestimated the interest and apologise to those that are missing out...

There are one or two who have yet to pay but they have registered so unfortunately if you haven't got in then we will have to get to you next time...

George Lewin is coming
For any of you that don't know George, he is a nationally recognized inventor and entrepreneur who calls the Shire his home and he will be coming to participate and has some interesting things to add.

But please be warned, we will be at capacity so please be patient as we work out how to look oafter everyone... we originally wanted to cater to 80 but 100 have booked and we are turning back people now... :-)

Thursday here we come.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

9 Seats left for Innovation Pipeline event in 9 days

Just confirmed our 71st seat/ booking for the event... seems I know almost everyone who is coming... this will be so positive and hopefully will end up being very constructive in trying to get some idea of how to systematize success for Australia...

If you feel you may miss out we have provision to add up to another 20 seats over the 80 we have booked for so if you really want to come just sign up and we'll make room for you... but 100 is our maximum limit for the facility so please jump in soon if you really want to make sure you get there...

Thanks everyone for showing interest in this important process... I hope we make it all worthwhile for everyone.


IP Australia speaker confirmed for Oct 31 Innovation Pipeline

I just spoke to Phillip Spann who is Asst GM and Deputy Commissioner at IP Australia (ie Australia's Patent Office)... he will be coming with Liz Drummond from IP Australia's communications office to contribute to the day long think fest.

I feel privileged to have such a senior person coming and look forward to the interchange that will happen in just over a week.

On the phone I asked Phil about the success of self filing inventors he has seen and also warned him that issues such as software and business model patents will come up on the day and he answered my questions with calm clear thinking reason so we will be able to delve into some really important issues during the IP Australia section of the day...

Liz is looking to interview inventors and innovators on the day for the IP Australia site so please feel free to look her up and tell her your story on the day..

This is looking like fun.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

10 days to go - 30 slots left - Would love to see you here...

Ric RichardsonPeter DavisonAndrew SteadDoron Ben-Meir

Its now 10 days before the Innovation Pipeline event in Byron Bay on the 31st October.

Everyone is booked in to speak and the anticipation is rising... we have Peter Davison an Aussie who was an original investor in Paypal, Andrew Stead a co-founder of Sydney Angels and Doron Ben Meir (the CEO of Commercialisation Australia) all coming to weigh in on the subject of working out how to get Australia's technology development process working for Aussies so that we take advantage of our strengths and work through our weaknesses.

Here is a link to more information:

A few of you have mentioned to me that they need to pay with a credit card in order to come and the RDA (the sponsors of the event) do not have credit card facility. Well I do! So if its ok with you I will collect the card proceeds and send them on to the RDA for you... please make sure to include your email so I can send you questions to answer for the day.

If you want to come for the day only ($165.00) please click this button:

If you want to come for the day AND the mingling session after the event ($220):

When you pay I will send you an email to answer all the registration questions which we need to make sure you weigh in on important issues for the day.

Either way we'd love to see you come.

Friday, September 6, 2013

SkunkMonk Panel - Future Predictions in Mobile + My predictions

Some well known panelists, some reactionary views, some embracing of the mobile future faith. Really worth the 4 minutes. But here is my prediction.

For those who have used Google Glass and really KNOW what its all about, I think a heads up display is inevitably in every persons future.

Critical to that future is centralized, personalized, intelligent and balanced notification...(ie controlling what information is pushed to me across multiple applications and across all my communication mediums). Some of the panel members above are saying the same thing by awkwardly encouraging people to shut off their devices to engage as humans... well sorry, a smart device should learn when to not interrupt you and should adapt to your notification or pushed information tolerances and comfort zones...

Personally I am focusing on what I am calling my "Personal  Server". It compiles the information I want and presents it in the format I want with a prioritization that I set... It combines information sources with custom macros that access, package and deliver information to me based on context such as location, time of day and my calendar (I dictate in my calendar when are work times and when are personal times). I am also working on interruption management. An app that limits access to me based on my circumstances but thats for another blog and for after I've written the patent.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Strategy vs Execution

Simple thought for the day...

In my experience the two go hand in hand.

Strategy is having the wisdom and insight on picking the best path from A to B before starting out and at key milestones during the journey. Having foresight helps you chose a realistic and inspirational end result "your B location".

Execution is getting there once the route has been chosen and getting around roadblocks and hurdles... the tactical side...

Execution is NOT everything... but Strategy without execution is means you go nowhere.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Next big thing and other News from Inventor Ric Richardson

Hi there friends and followers.

For those interested I just wanted to let you know I'm coming out of hibernation.  

I have three pretty large projects approaching the kickoff point and waiting for the final pieces to fall into place to see which one I work on for the next 6-18 months. The projects are in the energy, physics, transportation and internet tech space.

If you are interested in being involved in a project I work on, be it investing or working in it, please feel free to reply and I'll fill you in.

In the next few weeks before things get going I wanted to offer my help to any small to medium size businesses out there who need a part time adviser to help put together a patent portfolio or manage the very early stages of a tech business...

I am not willing to work probono as Id be working on my normal work days but Im happy to give a big discount to people who really need my help and who have interesting projects to work on... for example just recently I did about 4 days work over a month for $6k to help a friend in the states get their corporate structure right and clean up their patent portfolio.

So if you think someone like me could help please feel free to drop me a line and I'll see what I can do.

Do you have inventor friends that need a provisional patent done cheaply? Well I am winding up my probono work to start on the new projects but to help with the many people waiting to get some help from me I have put together a small team of people who are helping me. So if you think you or a friend would like some help exploring their invention or getting a provisional patent done feel free to send me you or your friends name and mobile number and Ill try and get back as soon as I can and line up the right help.

Thanks for reading this email and thanks for showing an interest in what I'm doing...


Ric Richardson

send email to ric

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Fighting fog for airports

Sketch from Ric's notebook looking at key issues ie area that needs to be fog free
(75m before strip starts) and possible solutions to look at
It is now 1.5 hours since we were meant to board for a flight to Sydney from Coolangatta and I'm brainstorming how to fix the fog problem at airports... when I asked the pilot what area needs to be fog free he explained that planes in Australia are rated to land with only 75 metres of visibility which means that the runway must be visible from 75 metres in front of the runway. This means that a relatively small area of less than 10,000 square meteres could be cleared of fog to allow most planes to land in even the heaviest atmospheric fog.

As shown above a small area like this is commonly cleared of water using flood fans and heaters in buildings so the idea of dispersing fog with wind turbines, burners or magnetic fields is not out of the question... lets see where this idea takes us...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Richardson patents Simple Privacy Solution for Google Glass

Google Glass with privacy shutter that only opens
when filming or taking pictures
Ever since the ruckus over Google Glass privacy went into overdrive Ric has been wondering what all the commotion is about.

All you need is a retractable cover or what he calls a "privacy shutter" that makes it easily discernible when the camera is being used.

"It's such an easy fix, I assumed Google would have solved it on the spot... but weeks went by and I decided to fix the problem myself" said Mr Richardson.

His patent also covers the use of audio by Glass as a privacy concern. "I think the Glass concept is so important it would be a shame to see it crippled by social concerns when they can be so easily addressed by a technology fix. I want to use Glass in a theater, to get access to heads up ancillary information while watching a movie, without being questioned as to whether I am secretly pirating the film."

Ric plans to hand his work off to businessmen as soon as the technology is polished and ready for presentation to interested parties. Pictures from the patent drawings are available to the media upon request.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Di Morrisey, Her Uncle and I

From time to time Di and I catch up. Her Uncle and I were deep long time friends and I couldn't help but be adopted into the family as a kind of distant cousin.

Even though Di is a popular author with no reputation as a technologist she is always exploring interesting issues and one she keeps coming back to is the NBN. Way back when I first came home she introduced me to Janelle Saffin (an MP from the Page/ Lismore area) to weigh in as a technologist on the value of the NBN. Janelle kindly introduced me to Stephen Conroy in an attempt to help him sell full motion full screen video conferencing as the NBN's killer app... as anyone who has experienced it knows, once you've used it you never want to go back... but that was 2009 and the killer app is still not being explained...

But back to Di.

I have always encouraged her to expose her scenic and insightful Australian bent on writing popular novels (especially with the ladies... my wife loved Barra Creek) to the Americans and I'm glad to report she is in Amazon now which is a great toe hold for her...

Go get em Di....

Di's books Now on Amazon

Monday, April 22, 2013

Modular Car System, but who did it first?

What a great design. A modular vehicle (see article) that allows multiple pods (or Ants as Cherry Automotive of China calls them) that can fit together in transit to make city driving more efficient... 

But who did it first? 
Probably not me but here is my design from 2010.(click to read article)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cattle Station Pasture Preservation Technology

Management of wild and pest animals that compete with Livestock for water and pasture is a constant problem in much of Australia. Eco sensitive land management supporters have found that when naturally arid properties (ie very little naturally occurring surface water) are allowed to dry out (by temporary de-stocking and plugging of bore water) the numbers of wild and pest animal populations also decrease. 

The system devised by Ric Richardson takes advantage of this phenomena with a smart bore water trough that does visual animal recognition and only allows livestock to access water. The trough has a grid that is removed when livestock approaches but is replaced and stays in place when other unrecognized animals approach.

This process allows the normal attrition that occurs in nature, to regulate wild or pest category animals while allowing livestock to thrive using a more efficient water management system.

The grate swivels out of the way on animal approach using a solar powered motor. A medium range radio frequency warning system alerts station personal to maintenance or failure issues. The surveillance system is stand alone and low cost. A prototype would include a wireless communications system to fine tune animal recognition and remote reporting capability.

The patent for this technology is available as is supporting documentation and design notes.
A Chinese translation of all documents is also now available.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The verdict is in.. results from Rics Patent Poll

Is this poll proof that the time for software patents is over? No. Its proof that Software games supporters are  rabidly loyal and that most people don't understand the real issues.

First some facts. This poll was taken during the heat of the anti-Uniloc publicity peak when they first sued Mojang over their game Minecraft.

We had thousands of visitors each day, most of them indignant gamers.

So this is what they said:

30% said patents are no good get rid of them 
55% said just Software patents should go
6% said everything should be free (unless it affects my job no doubt) and;
8% said patents are good...

I wonder if you asked the same crowd about drink driving or about the decriminalization of heroin whether you'd get a similar response.

Software patents are about things like:

Do you think the inventor of the worldwide web should be compensated for providing such a wonderful thing?
Do you think that anyone should be able to make their own version of the iPhone and sell them?
Should anyone be allowed to copy Google's search engine and do their own?

Boiled down the question is anarchy vs regulation.

Im not totally fond of the patent system believe it or not. I think non competing use of a patent by 3rd parties should be allowed at reasonable royalty rates. ie I mean if Apple doesn't want to supply extended power supplies for MacBooks then they should be forced to allow extended life battery owners to pay a reasonable royalty rate for the magsafe connector...

And as far a software patents, I feel rather than shutting them down, just let everyone have a look at the patent before examination to make a case for its lack of novelty.. you could charge $100 to anyone who wants to formally file a claim of prior art or lack of novelty to stop people from filing nonsense, but it would give everyone a fair chance to have their say before granting... 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

2GB Business Talk Today

Just heard my interview with Ross Greenwood this morning... what a dynamic guy.. I don't know how he does it day in day out... I've had 30 people visit the site since the story aired and its been really interesting to see how many people are listening to the radio on a Sunday...

In case you missed it we discussed:

Voice Controlled TV Mute

Flat Tire Alarm

Voice Control Siri Badge for iPhone

Sadly in the short time between recording the Interview and publishing I found a California Mob who are already doing it... but its interesting to see what they have come up with...

Ross Also talked about my help for Inventors.. so if you want some feel free to sign up for my mail list where I inform everyone when there is some ProBono slots available

Thanks Ross.. and and Thanks Sydney for listening in.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

List of Probono Slots Currently Available

Ric tries to consistently make time available to help fellow inventors get their projects moving along. From time to time he provides a morning a week to talk on the phone or face to face with people who need his help

Here is what is booked and available for the next few weeks:

Tuesday 12th March from 4pm-5:30pm
Neil Wallace -2.30pm-4pm - Face to Face - Confirmed
Paul Vance - 4pm-5.30pm Face to Face - Confirmed

Monday 18th March from 3pm-5.30pm
Jeff Haseldon - 3pm-4.30pm - Face to Face - unconfirmed
Zen Player - 4.30-6pm Face to Face - unconfirmed

Friday 29th March from 9am -12 noon
Ali McQuillan - 9:30-11am - Face to Face Slot - unconfirmed
Helen Davenport - 11am-12.30pm - Face to Face Slot - unconfirmed

Friday April 5th from 9am – 12 noon
Jaye Bolger 9am-9:20am - Over the phone session - unconfirmed
Bryce Murray 9:30-11am - Face to Face session - unconfirmed
More slots will be added in a few weeks
Please note:

Face to Face Sessions

  • will take place in Byron Bay at either the Byron @ Byron Resort, The Belongil Bistro at Bilongil Beach or Luscious CafĂ© on Tasman in the Industrial Area depending on the traffic.
  • Will run for 1hr and 30 minutes
  • Will require a $100 contribution to a cause of Ric’s choice payable to his account within 24 hours of his confirmation of your time with him…
  • Failure to make a contribution will free up the slot for someone else to use.

Phone Session

  • Will take place on the phone with Ric on the agreed day at the agreed time
  • Phone sessions will run for 20 minutes
  • Will require a $30 contribution to a cause of Ric’s choice payable to his account within 24 hours of his confirmation of your time with him…
  • Failure to make a contribution will open the slot for someone else.

Please deposit contributions to:
Ric B Richardson
BSB 062514
ACCT 10309226
Branch address: 56 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Please mark as “Contribution” in banking comments

Please note: if you have genuine circumstances that the contribution is a burden for you then I am open to hearing your situation however it may not be prudent for you to be trying to patent or invent something at this time.

Simple voice controlled TV Mute for the living Room - $25,000

My brother and I were sitting in the Iron Man 2 movie at the North Ryde Gold Club theater when we saw Tony Stark walk in a room and say "Mute" to turn off the volume of a TV... I though "I've got to get me one of those" but after when we discussed it we realised the reason that it was so cool was the fact that no one has done that... yet.

Amazingly, there are hi tech TV remotes out there that actually do feature voice control, but they are complicated expensive things ($400 or over) that require training and all kinds of tweaking... so I set about inventing my own simple TV Mute... it responds to just two commands... "Mute" and "unmute"...

Also I've been working on a prototype with a fellow Byronian wiz that will conceivably bring the cost price of the materials and components to under $20. So it is conceivable that you could see it in the stores for $50 ...

So if this invention is something you would like to own and turn into a business here are the details:

  • Asking price $25,000 for the following;
  • Provisional Patent, 
  • a Patent execution strategy paper
  • a Prior Art search done by me, 
  • a working prototype and; 
  • a deliverable's listing outlining the component cost and a suggested supplier to have the thing made for you...
  • An unsigned copy of the patent assignment document
  • A limited amount of time for consulting may also be available at a reduced cost (Ric's normal rate is $10,000 per day)

If you are interested, please send your questions to Ricricho at gmail dot com and ill fill in the gaps for you.
A deposit of $5k will be needed to release the prototype to you for assessment and a formal commitment of interest needed before Ill send the patent and prior art search to you.

Also if you have a person in mind that may like to own this invention then there is provision for a 10% finder/ brokers fee. All you have to do is send an email to me citing the name of the person you wish to introduce and connect us up and I will honor that agreement.

The sales process is as follows:

  1. You supply a formal request and expression of interest via email.
  2. I supply a password to you to open the zip file with the available documents
  3. We will require a 20% deposit if you:
    1. want us to release the prototype to you for evaluation. (This process may take 2 weeks depending on how far from Byron Bay you are).or;
    2. If you require a prior art search from an independent patent firm then I suggest Wallington Dummer from Sydney. They can do prior art searches for $2-2.5k. Te deposit will be used to ensure we do not sell the patent to a 3rd party during your prior art search period. We allow 10 days for a prior art search to be conducted.
  4. You may wish to add additional requests for information and these can be supplied after payment as part of the transaction price. Price will be negotiated at that time. Consulting with Ric can also be requested and added to the price as needed.
  5. Once you are satisfied that all documents are as advertised you request an Invoice
  6. I charge you and you pay the Invoice
  7. Upon receipt I sign and send to you the executed Patent and Rights assignment (a copy is included in the document package)
  8. Any additional documentation and or consulting time will be provided as agreed.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Denied :-) Siri Communicator Badge already done!

Sometimes a great idea that youve been working on is allready DONE.

Ive been tinkering with the idea of a bluetooth headset that sits on your chest and is activated like the Star Trek Command Badge (ie you tap a badge on your chest to communicate). Worked on the noise cancelling and the limiting of the speaker so it doesnt send your conversations out all over the room you are in... but... turns out someone beat me to it.. and filed a patent no less....

Here it is....

Not quite what I had in mind but close enough...

I had more of a disk shape in mind with a speaker and mic that projected sideways out the edge of the device...

Oh well back to the drawing board... another prototype bites the dust.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Deposit Button Patent simplify's big cash transactions - $8,000

Ever found it irritating that you may want to sell a car or something else big and expensive like that but you didn't want someone trying to put it on their credit card? The other extreme is to have someone go through the rigmarole of doing a bank transfer when they need to look at your car before they buy? Well this concept is designed to fill that need.

It enables people to make a deposit on a large item, to place it on hold until they can inspect the item and complete the transaction. This is especially important for big or expensive items. It's great for the seller too because it shows them that the buyer is serious.

How would it work?
  • The seller places the ad on their web site advertising the item for sale and its full price.
  • The seller places a "Pay Deposit" button on the site.
  • When the buyer decides they want to place the item on hold with a deposit they click on the "Pay Deposit" button.
  • A screen appears floating above the sellers sales page enabling the buyer to pay for the deposit with their credit card. (There is no need for the seller to go to a separate site to pay)
  • The button status changes to "Deposit Taken"

I came up with this idea after suffering the frustration of not being able to take deposits for my patent sales over the years. Yet again this is a project that is too small for me to poor my effort into so I'm asking you to help me find a home for it...

Patent: Deposit Button Patent
Type: Provisional
Included: Patent specification, drawings, receipt, patent rights and assignment, prior art search (by Ric) and implantation notes.

Flat Tire Alarm Invention up for Sale - $19,000

The original version of this invention came to life after a friend of mine and former neighbor Herb Elliott (the famous runner and business man) asked me how I invent... I said you just solve problems and so he asked his wife for a problem to solve and voila. This is what appeared after some fun brainstorming the problem.

As the tire rotates the arm (see number 32) hits the inside of the tire as it starts to deflate and triggers a noise maker (number 34) to make a noise that can be heard inside the cabin.

Put simply, the idea relies on the simple fact that the space between the hub and the inside of the tire becomes  smaller as a tire deflates. The most simple version of the invention is to just stick something in their that makes a noise when the tire starts to go flat. I also tried to make sure the noise maker was not dependent on electronics but the patent covers using something like a smoke detector beeper to let you know the tire is getting flat...

At the moment the document package only contains the patent and drawings but Ill be adding my development notes and a prior art search in the next few days as the patent get's sold.

Patent: Flat Tire Alarm Patent
Type: Provisional
Included Documents: Specification, drawings, receipt (prior art search and development notes coming soon)
Asking price: (email me to ask)

Download the package to see the patent: (ecrypted) email ricricho at gmail dot com to get the password.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

One click auctions for your site - patent and dev plan $13,500

Over the last year or so the number of really cool transaction technologies has started to get going. The ability to trade with visitors to your site is becoming simpler, faster and more friction-less. This technology is an extension of what we are seeing in that it take the best of what is out there and builds extended selling capabilities such as the auction process into the same easy embedded approach allowing visitors to your site to bid in an auction without having to go to another site or interact with a third party.

If you are interested or know someone who may want to take over this patent please email me at ricricho at gmail dot com. There is also a significant finders fee available to anyone that introduces me to the eventual buyer, just ask me about it.

Patent: Auction Button Patent

Type: Provisional Patent

Included: Prior art search (by me), Implementation strategy notes and an FAQ regarding the tech.

Price: $16,000 AUD

Key features:

  • Ability to conduct auction from your site without going to third party site.
  • Easy to use embedded code
  • Well known and much used overlay interface.

This encrypted package contains the patent as filed. I am also adding additional documents to support the buyer and they will be included as I get to them.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Want to help sell one of Ric’s patents? Maybe you can

Don’t assume that selling patents with Ric is only for the big timers. Many of Ric’s patents are quite low priced so that everyday people can buy them and make a business out of them.

The last 5 patents Ric has sold are in the $16,000-$45,000 range and a few of them involved a broker’s fee where someone helped Ric find a home for the patent.

The patents are usually first advertised here on this blog so you can see what the sale includes and you have everything you need to help find someone you know or do business with who would benefit from having a Ric Richardson invention and patent.

The way it works is this:
  • You register your interest in the form below in working with me as a broker and then
  • Look at the list of patents currently available for sale on the tab above that says "Patents for Sale" and see if you have ideas for any of them... there are over 40 available so tell me your field of interest in the form below and ill try and find a good fit for you.
  • I'll send you the broker terms which are a healthy percentage of the sale price.
  • You tell me what patents you want to help sell.
  • When I sell the patent to a person you introduced me to I pay your broker percentage out of what is paid.

The way I work is that if there are brokers I know who have a good network to sell a patent I will give them a period of time to try and sell the patent and then if no sale eventuates I advertise the patent directly on the site including the sale price with no brokerage fee included.

The reason I do this is because I love inventing but I only have limited time to work on the most important projects. 

So what happens to all the inventions? 

They sit around waiting for me to get to them. I’d rather see them find a great home where people love the idea and want to do something constructive with them, even if I only get a small fraction of the return that I would if I fully developed the idea…

So what do you reckon?
Want to work with me?
Just fill out the form below and let's see if we can work together.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Gmail - canned response problem solved

It seems no one has worked out the reason why Gmail canned responses seem to vanish from time to time. Canned responses are really helpful when you get lots of enquiries and want to send the same info to lots of people simply. The problem has been that you spend a lot of time crafting a good all purposes response and then for some reason it vanishes and is no longer available to use in your replies...

 The answer?

 Check your draft folder! It looks like Gmail stores the canned response templates as draft emails in your draft folder... so when you go through it cleaning up old and unsent emails you will more often than not miss the fact that the draft emails also contain templates for your canned email responses...

Here is a tip....

Since the canned responses do not use the subject field but keep the original subject you are replying to you can name the subject field of the canned response anything you like...

I use something like DO NOT DELETE - Canned response template for "Name of Template"

Does that help? Please make a comment if you think Ive got this wrong...
Thanks for visiting.
The Inventors Association of Australia very kindly hosted me to speak to a roomfull of eager inventors in Brisbane last Wed night. A couple of ladies even came down from Cairns just for the evening so the pressure was on to make it all worthwhile....  the big idea for the night was the idea of segregating yourself into different roles and looking objectively at yourself regarding your value as a entrepreneur versus an inventor versus a manager and getting realistic about what help you need to get your invention out there...
How to fight the tendency to think that as the inventor we are by default the person that must get the project going... and started talking about how to get people with the respective special skills to work with you rather than try and do it yourself... it was a long discussion with a lot of people continuing to ask me about business related problems when my gut instinct was telling me that they really should not have been doing the business but rather finding the right person to partner with so that their strengths cover your weaknesses.

Is my invention worth patenting and how do i patent it?

The simple answer is: if you feel you have to keep your idea secret because you've never seen it done before it is more than probably worth a provisional patent which costs $110.

Once you've got a provisional you can do a more thorough search of the internet and the patent databases, but that takes time and I prefer to risk the $110 provisional filing fee than sit around trying to see if there is something out there already.

It is a bit of a problem asking other people if they think your idea is patentable because most of them are weighin the question against the 5-10k you need to spend to get your full patent application filed... but that is a long way off...

If you file your own provisional patent you have 12 months of protection to work out whether its worth proceeding with a full patent... so at about the 10 month mark is when you need to start putting big chunks of money together to get the patent attorney to file your formal applications depending on which countries you want to patent in... ie its about 5-10k for the US and about 5-7k for Australia.

Hope that begins to answer your question...

Now. How to patent?

I learnt how to patent things myself with this book... Patent pending in 24 hours.

Chose the download ebook format to get it immediately

I used this to understand the main parts of the patent and to come up with my own flavour of patent format... I also found the many examples of provisional patents really helpful in seeing how simple a provisional patent can be compared to the full application... This took the scariness out of doing a provisional for myself.

Here is an example of a patent I wrote myself to give you an idea of what a simplified provisional looks like:

This was an early patent of mine and still had some hiccups in it but it will give you a good idea...

When you have something you think looks like the patent you want to submit got to to set up your account and file it... if you want to be careful just get a patent attorney to give you half an hour to tell you if there is anything deathly wrong with your patent.. should only cost about $200.. fix what you can and file... remember its their job to get you to pay 5k for something that you only want to spend a couple of hundred bucks on until you know the idea is strong so dont let them force you into something...

Go ahead have a go.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Richardson files patent for simultaneous general and local search results - asking price $16k

This patent and Technology has been sold as of Mar 1st 2013.

This invention for a system that allows a localized search result to be shown along with a general search result has been cooking for over 3 or 4 years when I first saw Evernote embed its search results for your own documents with a general Google search result.

I thought "wouldn't it be cool to know if there were search results in a quick driving range for stuff that I was searching the whole net for?" And voila this is it...

Basically it is a means of overlaying the search results of a search engine that ONLY displays close by results was so that it appears below the main search results.

A cool way to implement this is to change the search engine of choice in your browser to the local search engine talked about in the patent and then have your main search results also displayed by choosing Google or Yahoo etc as your secondary search engine.

The above rough drawing is actually from the patent! I don't mess around making things all perfect when I'm writing patents... as soon as the idea is fully formed and the testing proves the viability of the invention I get it filed ASAP. No messing around.

The screen above is the search query page for both the local and general search. You type the search terms in as usual, but also set the search location (usually your postcode), the distance you want to search ie within 10k 20 50 etc and the search engine you want to use for the main results.

The results page is a Google Search result with an overlay showing very local results at the bottom of the page. I started doing this for my self just using two Google search criteria: one for a general search and the second for a Google search with the postcode added to the search string... but the obvious opportunity is there for a local search or classifieds web site to service people who dont want to get results from all over the place.

The business model is pretty interesting too. Because only local results are displayed in the local search results page, it encourages people to fill that valuable space with relevant products, services or information. For example, I search for guitars on the net and I see that a local store sells guitars but not the model I'm interested in... I could place an add instantly to let others know that I am looking for a guitar  and it will appear in future searches by other local people looking at the search term guitar... pretty cool.

Again, I am not stopping the train to find a home for this invention so I'm letting it go to someone who will give it a good shot for the cost of my time... I'm asking $16k AUD. Email your interest to ricricho AT gmail dot com.

Title: System for display of multiple search engine results from a single query
Filed: 6th Feb 2013
Asking price: $16,000 AUD
Included: Patent, Assignment of all rights, My own search results/ prior art search, Patent strategy paper and Product Development strategy paper.

This patent is in a very busy space so the commissioning of your own prior art search using a patent lawyer may be a good idea for your own piece of mind... Im happy to wait for you to have the search done as long as you are happy to place a 20% deposit on the purchase to avoid having someone else buy it out from under you.

Here is how it works:

1. You download the encrypted patent package from this address:

2. You request a password from me . Please give me enough information to ensure that I am happy that you are a serious buyer as I don't think the eventual buyer will want a whole lot of people looking at the patent they've bought.I send the complete info to you.

3. (optional) you send me a 20% deposit and proceed to get the prior art search done (usually 1.5-2.5k in price/ I can recommend some good patent lawyers) this usually takes 10 days or less.

4. The remainder is paid and I sign the patent assignment and release and the patent is YOURS.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ric Richardson files patent for location system using sound waves

Today I filed a patent for an application of Sonar that I think is very promising.. Yes Sonar, like the way bats navigate, but different in that my technique does not use echoes.

Basically the idea is more like GPS. With GPS, the ID of the satellite and the time stamp from each satellite along with the satellites location above the earth is sent out for people to navigate by.

Since all the satellites use the same time reference, the device you are using simply measures the time it takes for each time signal to get to your device at the speed of light and using triangulation principles to know pretty accurately where you are on the earth’s surface.

A really good explanation of the principle can be seen at Wikipedia:

About 14 months ago I started working on the idea of using a similar system but using sound waves instead of line-of-sight radio waves for triangulation in smaller spaces...

See this blog entry from back then:

It explained that using sound rather than radio waves enables the receivers to be much more accurate since they are limited to how fast they can track the movement of signals.

That work bore fruit today when I filed the patent entitled System for the use of Sound to accurately calculate Location.

It describes an adaptation of the principles of GPS but applied to Sound and using smart devices and audio broadcasting systems instead of satellites.

Here is a scenario.

You are at a concert as you wait for the show to start the sound system for the show is broadcasting a series of tones through each speaker from the stage. The left, centre and right speakers all send out tones which can be read by your iPhone as timing and location information.

The tones can be anything that makes sense to the phone... an old modem tone, a telephone tone (ie dial 1 etc) or something new like the 17+ kilohertz systems being experimented with lately. Even a predetermined set of tones that the phone expects can be used.

Your iPhone’s microphone hears the messages and a location app calculates its relative location from the three speakers using the location information of each speaker (that it sent as part of the audio) and the time it took the audio to get to your phone.

Now you know where you are exactly in the auditorium... Big Deal?

Well it starts to get interesting when you find one of your FaceBook friends is exactly 4o meters away sitting off to your right!

And that the nearest toilet is behind you to the left. And that two seats towards the front have not been claimed and that you have won a random prize to upgrade to them if you chose to... this is really getting fun.

Industry wide, this approach can be used for many applications.

  • If used from user to user, a group sitting within earshot of each other can be individually identified and specifically located.
  • Starbucks can identify a specific person to deliver that latte to. Every table and every seat in a restaurant can be linked to an order and a specific dish...
  • ... in fact the more I think about it, this Sonar Positioning System (yeah I'm calling it that.. SPS get it!) could easily be positioned as a location system sitting between the global measurements of GPS and the product specific measurements of RFID... but with SPS all you need is a phone with a speaker and a microphone.. pretty cool.

People that could be interested in this include:

  • Apple: as a catchup tech avoid adding RFID hardware
  • Google: As a location system to add to its recent initiative to map out internal buildings and locations.
  • Techno savvy musicians and artists who want to involve their audiences in their performances.
  • Promoters of big events and conferences.
  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • In fact all the social apps that want to connect people in sub GPS location measurement distances... or anywhere indoors.

This project has been interesting but does not tip the scale as a primary invention for me so I am making the patent and its rights available for purchase.

The package includes:

  • Research and proofs
  • Prior art search (informal by me)
  • Patent filing, drawings and specification
  • Patent execution strategy paper.
  • Product development strategy paper
  • A patent and invention rights assignment
If you are interested or know someone who is interested please email me at ricricho at gmail dot com. There is also an agents fee available to people who want to manage an introduction to a buyer, however please note, Id like to keep the deal simple so I can move on to other projects and stick to working on the big projects that make a big difference. Thanks for your interest.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Weakerz: wearable speakers invention

My daughter Lily and I have been working on a concept for wearable personal speakers that allows someone to listen to their itunes library but without cutting themselves off from the world... even though she is a fan of Apples in-ear earbuds she really helped me zero in on the need to allow her and younger generations to tune into their life's soundtrack...

... the wearable speakers are safer she admits since you can hear cars and other people around you without sacrificing the fidelity of the music you listen to.

The device, which is not yet finished or patented, allows the user to have two little speakers aimed at the users ears for everything from music to answering the phone...

Lily also helped with the branding and marketing plan for the device... she's named the device Weakerz... playing on the wearable speakers idea and has also done the trademark and design brief.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sometimes the simplest things are the best

A few months ago a part time inventor from Adelaide named Ros Branson asked me for help with her invention... a classy and simple pen holder for ring binders... for the life of me I thought id seen the idea before but its turned out to be very uncrowded space especially for something so obviously useful...

For any of you that know me personally, you will know I swing from personal management system to system trying to find the ultimate approach and I always return to paper so this classy but simple addition is going into my quiver of useful tools along with a reminder of the hard effort and mental energy that is being poured into great ideas like this.

Ros told me today she is thinking about doing a small production run with a local manufacturer and going to sell it to the stationary and office chains... I for my part will support her with a reference wherever she needs it.. Good on you Ros.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Multiple Payment Options Technology

One of the most disruptive parts of buying from a website is the ordeal of setting up an account and then being forced to go to another site such as Paypal to complete the transaction. It is of paramount importance to not make the buyer jump through any unnecessary hoops and to minimize what is necessary in the first place.... Enter the "One Button Merchant Services" button.

This simple use of XHTML and Javascript combined with a smart back end allows shop owners to offer their online buyers a simplified streamlined purchase completion process that occurs right in the page the customer is viewing... no need to go to various screens to be engulfed by a complex purchase process...
The buy button appears to be normal when browsing the site. But when the visitor decides to buy...

A layer appears that allows the user to select their payment method and complete the purchase. Technology like this appears with companies like however this methodology expands way beyong that simple system buy allow an array of merchant services such as Bitcoin in addition to the traditional transaction services of Mastercard, Visa and Paypal.

This technology is currently under development and on sale will include:
  • Provisional Patent as filed + filing receipts
  • Example Code and Architectural explanation
  • Patent Execution Strategy
  • In House Prior Art Search
  • Technology Implementation Strategy
  • Patent and Assignments Rights Agreement
Please contact Ric Richardson at ricricho at gmail dot com for details.