If you’re like me you are constantly frustrated when things don’t work the way they should. What if you could have the opportunity to take someones’ idea and make it better? RedesignMe is probably the closest you’ll ever get.The Web site’s goal is simple: improve products by collectively rethinking how they are built, work, or function. Since so many everyday items are designed by engineers – not users – we as consumers certainly have our hands full.
Registration on the site is free. Here’s how it operates:
– Take a picture or make a movie of your struggles with a product
– Type what you don’t like or what you think is failing on the item
– Suggest a redesign or state what you would do differently
– Let the community comment on your suggested changes
Now you’re probably wondering why should you share your ideas and make someone else even more money. According to the site, much of the data they collect will be communicated to the original designers and producers. How this is facilitated is not clear.
Among the site’s uses: Inventors can get ideas (steal?); companies can receive feedback on products (focus group); be entertained by other people’s gripes and ideas – and submit your own.
The site is hoping they can generate enough interest to get investors’ attention. Will crowdsourcing really have an impact on products and their designers? That remains to be seen, but for now you can vent about that confusing advanced doorbell system or suggest ways to make ATM machines operate faster.
As for me, I’m still waiting for a machine that will write these blog entries for me!
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