Monday, December 29, 2014

Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

I've had a few people tell me that this video is disturbing but I find it fascinating... its is really worth the investment of time to have a look at this to understand machine learning (also called Deep Machine Learning) and its impeding impact on modern life.

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Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn | Talk Video |

Friday, December 26, 2014

Apple Pay works in Australia, if you have the right card

Interesting to see the reality of what happens in trying to role out a ubiquitous solution for something as complicated as merchant services.. Make me think that Quickpay (a project I am working on at the moment) has a solid chance of becoming a large scale solution.

Apple Pay works in Australia, if you have the right card:

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Amphibious HexH2o drone shoots both aerial and underwater video

Sir Richard Branson Proves the mighty power of the lowly notebook

I'm a chapter or two into Sir Richard Branson's latest book and seeing yet again how powerful his simple practise is of keeping a notebook for all his meetings, ideas, lists and life. This practise continues to serve him well and yet again I am forced to concede the simple practicality of his system.

Ever since I read "Losing my Virginity" his first book, I have been trying to work out how to achieve his success with notebooks with firstly a Palm Treo then my iPhone... but the fact is that the organic immediacy and handiness of a notebook trumps all...

Over the years I have cycled in and out of periods using notebooks for a number of reasons...

What really stands out in this latest book is his discipline in writing down notes after meetings and also some thing he alluded to in this latest book... he talks about how he recalls details from months ago to use in meetings so he must practise the use of carrying the last 2 or 3 notebooks with him at any given time as a reference...

So with the lessons learned under my belt i am going to try to fine tune my take on the Branson Notebook system by doing the following:
  • Keep up to 3 months of notebooks with me all the time. 
  • Make a point to do detailed notes and action items from each meeting or important phone call 
  • Try not to use my notebooks for roughing and planning so much as documenting and defining... 
Looking back at my notebooks, the pages are full of half drawn patent drawings, random and never finished to do lists and rough scrawls of numbers or words that have no context or "meat" to them.

Let's see how far I get with this system.... with a tip-o-the-hat to the brilliant Sir Richard Branson..

Thursday, December 25, 2014

8 Weeks work cycle life hacking: 7 weeks work + 1 week off

Back in 2007 I conducted an experiment in trying to optimise the length of sustained work over a limited period of time... I started by looking at the traditional quarterly work cycle.. 4 cycles per year with evaluation and planning at the end of each cycle.

But i found that cycle to be too long.... people lose focus and momentum when delivery dates are months away... but the other extreme doesn't work either... in my experimentation I found that less than a month doesn't give you enough room to get major projects achieved... so I settled on an 8 week cycle where the 7th week is used for relaxing and recalibrating and the eighth week is used for planning the next 8 week cycle.

Well Ill never forget the feeling of successfully completing my first 8 week cycle! 6 weeks of intense activity felt like a lifetime but was just short enough for me to push hard with the knowledge that if I achieved my goals i would have a reward week at the end... I went on a 10 day RV trip with my girls as a result and spend the most of week eight planning for the next 6 weeks...

Well life got in the way and I didn't get to consolidate the things learned but sitting here today I realise what a powerful thing it is to know you have a break coming up and the chance to relax and plan, but a real impetus to push through and make things happen within the first 6 weeks of the 8 week cycle.

Well its on again. I'm going to give the concept another try. The technique works like this:

  • Print up 10 pages with 7 days across and 8 weeks down the page.
  • Order the pages in themes: personal/ income/ project 1/ project 2 etc
  • Then devise specific milestones and goals for each theme or project with the intent of getting key target milestones complete as part of the basis for the reward of a week off in week 7.
My pages for the next 8 weeks will be: 1. Master; 2. Theo, 3. Income, 4: Haven, 5: Motion Log on, 6: Quickpay,  7: IdeaMachine,... and two or three others.

Why am I doing this?
Because Inventing is so proactive and draining that its easy to feel overwhelmed and put things off until tomorrow.. but when there is a reasonable deadline and a reward to look forward to (ie the week off at the end of the initial 6 weeks) you can see the light at the end of the tunnel and can push on even if its painful to do so... the joy of doing something constructive on your break and being reinvigorated for the next cycle could be a powerful routine if it can be achieved.

It will be interesting to revisit this post in 8 weeks and report how successful the project was.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Court Case Win in East Texas

Yesterday I arrived home from Texas on a 17 hour Qantas direct flight. The day started with the first day of Jury deliberations for the case of Uniloc vs Electronic Arts... the day ended with a verdict in favour of Uniloc and a dash to Dallas airport to get back home.

I came to Tyler for the case as a witness. It was my first time in court representing myself as the inventor of the 216 patent and it was a real eye opener.

Top things learned was how great it is that an Australian can go to Tyler in Texas and ask the American people for justice from a worldwide respected Judge (The Honourable Judge Leonard Davis) and eight patient and long suffering jurors. I never got to meet the jurors but I did get to say hello to the Judge. After 5 long days it was a real honour to meet such a well respected and even handed member of the judiciary.

The first thing that hits you in court is just how solemn and serious the law process is. Judge Davis has a coat and tie rule so there is a rack of coats by the court entrance. Everyone working in the building has a deep respect for the Judge and even though there is lots of lively argument and counter argument the strong presence of the Judge and the deep respect that he demands for the law and the court overrides any tactics on any side of the issue at hand.

I so often read people off handedly spouting off about East Texas and it's reputation for patent cases but I can tell you the pressure on both the plaintiff and the defendant to make a reasonable, clear and understandable case is mind numbing.

I became part of a team that was sincerely trying to get justice. We had a war room near the curt and the conviction in that room made me feel like a spectator. Every person was giving 100% and totally engaged and the epitome of professionalism. I will do another blog a bit later to thank them all individually but I must say that it made me feel deeply privileged to have been part of that team.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Helped Adam with his Augmented reality patent

This project was really interesting... Augmented reality has been either a military app or an entertainment app.. Adam is using it for a vital real world purpose.. good on him glad to help.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Now know your strengths... the single biggest change to business thinking

If any of you know me will know that I quote this book as being the biggest influence on my business life. It was the instrument that got me to focus on my strengths and manage weaknesses. It was also illuminating given that most Aussies aren't to big on knowing their strengths... it took this book for me to realize what I'm good at...!

Click on it to go to the download for the book if you are interested...

Traction.. a book for people who get product but think execution is a mystery.

Just started reading this... its a bit technical but it works.. really works... this book is a real eye opener to all of us who think that building a better widget will automatically get people to come.

This is just the thing for all the inventors I know... really great book so far.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Help for Rob regarding patentability of an app and how to get the development done cheaply

7/9/14 Rob. W

Helped Rob work out what may be patentable for his app on Android and how to go about reducing the cost of development... he was quoted $100k for his app but I showed him how to use Filemaker as a prototyping tool and to get a working model before getting quotes... Rob is a happy camper.

Click here if you think Ric could help

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A young fellow I helped hits the news

From the Northern Star 2nd September 2014 Congrats Jacob Link to original article A SIMPLE idea for a portable hard drive to back up photos is proving a winner for teen inventor Jacob Clarke. The 17-year old student took out the innovation award at Ric Richardson's Innovation Pipeline event last week, beating five adult local inventors.

The invention, Picstor, is a portable battery-powered hard drive to back up photographs and video. A keen nature photographer, Jacob came up with the idea while on a trip to Tasmania when he ran out of space on his SD cards.

"At the moment all hard drives need a computer, so if you are in the wilderness there's no way you can backup your photos," Jacob explained.

"This is the first portable hard drive with its own power source."

Winning the prize means Jacob has the chance to patent and prepare his invention for manufacturing, with mentoring by seasoned professionals along the way.  "I think one of the reasons I won was there's a ready market for my design," he said.

Yesterday a provisional patent for the invention was filed with help from Ric Richardson, famous for taking on Microsoft in a nine-figure patent infringement case - and winning. "He's pretty amazing, he devoted heaps of time to educate me on all the legal language of patenting," Jacob said.

"I think I'm officially an inventor now," he laughed.

"By the end of this year we're trying to get a prototype made and then we'll start a Kickstart campaign to go towards raising the money for full-scale production of it." Already an accomplished photographer, Jacob said he couldn't wait to get his hands on the prototype of his own invention.

He's won several competitions for his photography and on the weekend did a photo shoot for the social media sensations and singers No Frills Twins for Teen Vogue.

Kimmaree Thompson, CEO of local Regional Development Australia who sponsored the event, said the Innovation Pipeline brought a huge amount of specialised knowledge and business opportunity to the region. "We had close to 50 inventors and innovators from outside the region, and were able to connect dozens of national entrepreneurs with local creative businesses," Ms Thompson said.

Patent Pending in 24 hours

This is the book that I used to learn how to write provisional patents and I highly recommend it. The most important feature of the book is that about a third of it is examples showing the provisional and full patents for the same invention side by side so you can see how much less work is involved with a provisional patent... an excellent tool. If you think it will help you please download it now by clicking on the image

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Visit to Google Today

After demoing the Google Glass privacy shutter at Sydstart today, I built up enough confidence to bite the bullet and just go over to Google Australia and find someone to show the invention to. Luckily on the way out of the event I ran into Murray Hurps from Fishburners and he reminded me of the key people who have interacted with the Fishburners crew from Google. His advice "Talk to Alan Noble (Google Australia GM), but if you get the chance talk to Sally-Ann Williams first".

So I jumped in the taxi and headed of to Google in Ultimo... went to reception and was greeted by a friendly young guy in a snazzy suit, with an ivy backdrop, cool looking rusted Google logo and a misting device putting a calming scent into the air. I asked him if they made him wear the suit, but he said Google lets you wear whatever you want.. he just thought that his dressing up was appropriate for his job.

He subsequently did the rounds trying to get in contact with SallyAnn and amazingly she agreed to see me in about an hours time... I had some lunch and went over to meet her at the Fairfax building. Again I was greeted by a wacky train carriage entry area, scooters and other transport paraphernalia and ten minutes later a smiling SallyAnn. 

I am not going to go into what happened but safe to say it was as positive as I could expect. How many places do you know of where you can call in unannounced and have someone fit you into their schedule on no notice?
Especially someone with Sally Ann's level of experience and responsibility. I hate the idea of ever working for someone but if I had to my first choice would be Google.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Inventor training and advice.. Go Brett

Brett 30th August

Brett wanted advice on how to select the best idea from many & focus on developing patents, prototypes and business plans cheaply and well. We discussed getting basic skills such as patent provisional writing and discussed the book Patent Pending in 24 hours... hes a dedicated inventor in training.. good on him

Click here if you think Ric could help

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Is our tech patentable?

28/8 Simon

After a lot of work on a killer technology Simon had no idea if there was a patent hidden in their project... sometimes you cant see the forest for the trees.. within a few seconds Ric knew they had a pretty strong technology going and set them in the right direction... One of the founders also had doubts about patents because the ability to fight infringers needs big bucks. Ric helped them to see that its not the small business that needs to fight patent infringement... its the big company that buys your company that wants to fight infringers...

Cool stuff.

Click here if you think Ric could help

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Byron event teaches how to make the most of crowdfunding

CHECK IT OUT: Inventor Ric Richardson will be one of the speakers at the conference.

CROWDFUNDING - the Reality Check will inspire all ambitious innovators looking to get the most out of their crowd-funding campaigns by teaching them the skills necessary to start their dream projects.

The two-day conference, which is part two of the Innovation Pipeline Series, will provide the tools for local inventors to learn how to use crowd-funding campaigns to test the market and fund their ideas.

The series for up-and-coming inventors was created by one of Australia's most high-profile inventors, Ric Richardson, famous for taking on Microsoft and winning a multi-million dollar settlement for breach of his software patent.

Speakers at the conference will include Richardson and event co-creators Ted Esdaile-Watts and Braden Wilson from Industrial Design.

The founders of Zeoform, a start-up that invented an innovative ecomaterial made from cellulose fibres will share the lessons learned from their crowd-funding campaign while Marcus Schappi from Geek Ammo who attracted backing of $573,760 having asked for $25,000 will also speak.

The first Innovation Pipeline event held in Byron Bay last year was a sellout and numbers are restricted to ensure participants have a chance to mingle with speakers.

Byron Theatre on Thursday, August 28 and Friday, August 29. Early bird tickets $35. Standard tickets $80

Friday, May 2, 2014

Great advice from Richard Branson

--Business Stripped Bare, page 259

Entrepreneurs versus managers

As a small-business person, you must immerse yourself 100 percent in everything and learn about the ins and outs of every single department. . . . And as the business gets bigger, you will have to decide if you’re a manager or an entrepreneur. If you’re a manager, you can stay with that business and help it grow. If you’re an entrepreneur, you need to find a manager. Then you should move on, enjoy yourself and then set up your next enterprise.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Microsoft patent victor Ric Richardson working on no-password security breakthrough |

This is the first article about the password replacement technology I'm working on. 

A couple of mistakes but I shouldn't not pick. It's starting to get exciting. 

View down Main Street Fort Worth Texas

I'm here as a witness in a court case but enjoying the city. No graffiti anywhere and all the buildings seem newly rebuilt. 

Asked a local about living standards and he told me the average wage was 60-80k but you can buy a house for 100k! This is not Sydney! 

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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

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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.

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