Duct Tape - Saving the world from bad design

Nothing screams end user innovation like Duct tape (a.k.a Duck Tape). It is possibly one of the greatest American innovation.

As it turns out the Universal remote that I ended up buying a year & a half ago, did not really work with my Satellite Dish (& eventually was just tossed under the bed like "Jessie, the Cowgirl" in Toy Story).

This setup was just a little complicated for the family as it involved a few steps in a strict ritual just to watch Cartoon Network (& no one even tried to get to XBOX / Wii / Wireless Media Player).

Duct tape to the rescue (okay, clear packing tape for the nitpickers)...& boom, now we have stepwise instructions for how to use this setup...Follow the numbered instructions & just add water ;-)..& duct tape slays the multiple remote dragon.

Duct tape really is a classic example of products that empowers us in a simple & straight forward manner (passes the "no manual required" test). Perhaps, the opportunity lies in ideas that allow us to make sense of our world (let's me duct tape stuff) or eliminates the need for duct taping my world (seamlessly integrated stuff / iPhones etc.).

If you can think of a product or service that does one of these, you may have the next duct tape on your hand.


While Harmony by Logitech etc. exist for $100+, it will probably take an Apple to expand this market (Yep, iRemote). There may be an opportunity here to create an easy to use / train Universal remote. Yep, I ain't writing no friggin Macros (& if it is has more than 3 buttons, don't even bother).

Of course another version of this product could be MS Remote Server 2009 64 Bit Enterprise edition (plus 5 other versions with 3 different licensing models). Remember "Home Server" (Almost nobody does).