Selling Points:
Functionality:
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Fun place to share
inventions with others
around the world
Serious place to build a
valuable school portfolio.
Unique opportunity to
collaborate with hot shot
student artists and
engineers.
Opportunity to earn fame
and fortune.
Flash intro (Sell Invention Universe
Explore universe
Registration (registration,
log in/out, personal information
management)
4. Post projects
5. Project page (create, modify,
commenting system)
6. User bio/resume page
(create,modify)
7. Collect monthly membership fees
8. Wins awards and earn points and
money (Gold coin system)
9. Forum for help and discussion
10. Administration /usage monitoring
(user list/ online activity log,
project list, view counts)
Notes
We need to set the stage for 300K members (or planets) each having 1 to 50
projects? This is our 5 year business target.
The original idea of a google maps like navigation in an Invention Universe is very popular
with the kids I have polled. What if the 1st screen has 150 galaxies? You zoom in on a
galaxy and you see 200 solar systems. Then you zoom in on a solar system and you see 10
planets. Voila … 300K planets. If we need to expand beyond that, we could add quadrants
that have 100 galaxies. Also if a member wants to expand, he/she could add moons to a
planet. One for robotics, one for games, one for graphics, one for ...
Browsing:
When you mouse over, you see pop-up window descriptions of the galaxies / solar systems /
planets. Maybe there is a BIY solar system with most popular, newest, featured ...
Searching:
What if you could search for a list of planets that have key words that an author identifies
when uploading a project?
Targeting:
What if you could set coordinates to go directly to a quadrant, solar system, planet? When
you do this, the rocket goes to hyper-speed and zooms through galaxies, solar systems and
then lands on a planet.
What if we set up bookmarking for future targeting?
Graphics:
Graphics may be 80% of the reason visitors are attracted. What if we offer a library of
user created graphics for rockets, planets, planet scenes and aliens?
Notes
The profile/planet page is perhaps the main reason why parents would pay $15/mo for
their kids to be members. This page should be like a modern, graphical resume that
kids could use in a school application. From a kid's perspective, this page should be
like a Facebook page to show off your projects and inspire collaboration.
Creating Planets/Aliens/Profiles
What if we enable a new member to pick from a library of planet scenes which they can
modify or they could choose from a template or compile a planet scene from a menu of
planet elements.
What if we enable a member to create their own HTML planet scene.
See next page for all the functions that should be on a planet scene.
Uploading
A new planet could be automatically stored in quadrant/galaxy/solar system co-ordinate by:
- Country / state / after-school program
- Date created
- Type of project
- Most popular
- Featured
- Newest
I love the way MySpace makes it so easy to go to your page:
www.myspace.com/barackobama
Maybe you apply to join your planet in a particular solar system.
Notes
Game Land to kids …
We have a Problem!
Anti-fun parents are making life miserable
... restricting time playing games and
socializing on the computer!
Why do parents think computers
are bad for you?
How can computers help you?
www.build-it-yourself.com
Your Mission:
Convince your parents that you will learn valuable skills
while programming your own computer games and projects.
You could get scholarships to the schools of your choice.
(That will get their attention!)
You could make life-long friends from around the world.
You could earn fame, fortune and happiness with
your new skills.
www.build-it-yourself.com
Your Mission:
The world needs you to help solve the messes
your parents' generation have created.
You must convince your parents to give you a
reasonable amount of time to learn the
computer skills you'll need to be a player in
tomorrow's high-tech world.
www.build-it-yourself.com
How to be famous, rich & happy
You will be exploring the universe in search of
treasures, knowledge and games.
The Queen of MIT has staked you with a
rickety old rocket ship and 100 gold coins.
Your goal is to multiply that investment.
Each planet you explore has a challenge
where you can win (or lose) gold coins.
www.build-it-yourself.com
How to be famous, rich & happy
1.
Engineers at Rocket Works will give you hot tips.
2.
Launch a rocket to explore planets.
3.
Go to the Bank to collect your gold coins.
4.
Go to the Junk Yard to cash in your gold coins.
5.
When you land on a planet, you launch a mini game
where you can win or lose gold coins.
www.build-it-yourself.com
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1. Pick the rocket you want to ride.
2. Pick a Galaxy, Star and Planet to
explore or type a key word to find
inventions.
3. Click on GO.
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In a galaxy called
Massachusetts live
colonies of hot shot
inventors. Their aim
is to save the
universe from vile
villains and scurrilous
scoundrels who make
a big mess.
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Planet
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Star
Planet
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In the Solar System,
Concord Academy
Summer Camp, the
summer of 2009 was
the Revolution of
Invention.
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Star System
Revolution of Invention
Concord Academy
Summer 2009
Build-It-Yourself
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Ruler: Jonathan
Heroes: Batman
Favs: Scratching
Projects: 11
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Project Lab
Spec’s
Collaboratory
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John
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Bio
Projects
Skills
Resume
John’s Bio
Email
Heroes:
Muhammad Ali, don Quixote, and Popeye
because at great peril, they stick to their moral compass.
Quote Fav:
“You can't win if you don't bet.” Anonymous
Most Fun:
- Playing Antonio Palafox at the Forest Hills Nationals
- Swatting a tennis balls on the Spanish circuit and chasing senoritas
- Jamming with Duke Robillard
- Running the Bermuda marathon
- Moving earth for a water garden
- Sailing an RC pirate ship on the Thames in a model boat regatta
- Building a nipa hut in the Philippines
- Building action contraptions with kids
Book Favs:
- Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged
- The World is Flat
- Donald Duck comics
Home
John’s Projects
Rocket Works
Scratch Game
Email
Soap Box Racer
Home
Pirate Ship
John’s Skills and Awards
General Programming Languages> 20 projects
Scratch
Robolab
Logo, Basic
Java Script, Java
C, C++, C#
Vector Graphics
> 20 projects
Power Point
Illustrator
Pixel Graphics
> 20 projects
Paint
Photoshop
Animated Graphics / Video
> 20 projects
Flash
iMovie
Database
> 20 projects
MS SQL, MySQL
Web Page Design
> 20 projects
HTML
ASP, PHP
FrontPage, Dreamweaver
General Tools
> 20 projects
Word
Exel
Audio Recorders
MS Project
Email
Learning
Learning
Learning
Learning
Learning
Learning
Learning
Home
John’s Awards
1)
> 10,000 gold coins
2)
> 10 projects posted
3)
Most popular project May 2009
4)
> 10 recruits
John
Email
School:
Cornell MEE, BEE
Favorite Courses:
- Philosophy of religion
- Arc Welding
- Digital circuit design
- Principles of graphic design
Describe a problem
you would like to
solve.
Adults have left some big messes for the next generation to fix,
including a mucked up environment, nasty diseases, illogical wars and
toilet economics. Entrepreneurs using complex technology will be
needed to solve many of these problems. What if we could create a
global laboratory to inspire and empower the next generation of
builders and problem solvers?
Project Experience:
- Lunar Excursion Module
- SAM-D display controller
- Submarine detection system
- Telemetry for a Venus fly-by
- $500,000 electronic drawing board
- Electronic chess terminal
- Alarm clock that dumps water on your bed
Goals:
- Play drums in a blues band.
- Design a database driven Web site.
- Speak and write Spanish fluently
Home
Invention Universe Feedback
1) What is the most interesting part of the UI prototype?
Google Map exploration
Integration of popular Internet apps
- Spore
- FaceBook (customizable squarespace.com)
- YouTube
- Make your own planet
2) What is the least interesting?
Avatar
3) What functionality would you most want to work on?
- Kentaro - Templates
- Jonathan - Scratch templates, Flash and HTML
- Nathan - Scratch templates
- Nathaniel - UI / Google Maps
4) If you described the Invention Universe to a buddy, what would be the 2
or 3 features you would focus on and how would you describe these features?
- Google maps navigation
- Make your own planet / profile page
5) What components should be on your profile page?
- Flexible essay section
- Establish fixed fields for index and search
Invention Universe
Register
Ctrl2
Ctrl 3
Archive
News
Pluto or Bust
HTML Browser Computer screen for
Headline news
Expert blogs
Registration
Registering new planets
Trading up for a new rocket rig
Buying stuff
Etc.
Register
Ctrl2
Ctrl 3
Archive
News
Second to the right and straight on ‘till morning
Register
Ctrl2
Ctrl 3
Archive
News
Noah’s Planet
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Archive
News
Chloe’s Planet
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