Tag Archives: new

Redesigning the landline phone for the new era

An idea I had emailed to Microsoft in 2012 about a high end, clear/transparent landline phone.

Still hasn’t come to fruition and would still be worth making.


— Original Message —
From : kmalani@gmail.com
Sent : 27 May 2008 04:38:46 UTC
To : CNTUS.GNCS.NA.00.EN.TRA.BGL.CS.T02.CUS.00.WB@css.one.microsoft.com
Subject : A New phone idea

Country/Region: United States

Message: Hi,

I just had an idea for a phone that would be a rather futuristic design and could be marketed for the high-end market.

The idea goes along with the revolution of having transparent things, with the Dell Monitors and TVs with clear sides.

I think a “transparent” or “clear” phone would be a next step in the same direction. To what extent the phone will be transparent is up for design purposes but I do have some idea in my mind as to what would be appealing.

But more importantly, you must be wondering, if the phone is transparent, how can you see it? How can you use it?

Well…the answer is:

The phone is in fact a touch panel screen, and so the phone can be used by just tapping the phone instead of it having buttons on there.

Next question: How can you use it, if it’s transparent? It will be difficult to read what is on the touch screen if the screen is transparent and there are things behind the phone.

The answer: The phone is equipped with an infrared sensor (or whatever motion sensor is appropriate), to detect movement around it.

So when someone brings their hand close to the phone it will detect the movement and the phone (screen) will turn dark and you will be able to see the buttons and other options on there.

Additionally, it will also turn dark and display call information if there is an incoming call.

Well, that’s it…that’s my idea.

Not sure if the current level of technology can do this. Or if this is cost efficient? But I know a LOT of rich people will be willing to pay big bucks to have this in their homes and offices.

Lastly, please let me know if you plan on pursuing this idea because it would be nice to know I made a difference.

Thank you.



Macbook Pro Experience

I have recently started using a Macbook Pro 13”, I must say – I am a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great machine and will probably be my laptop of choice (well the Ivy Bridge version) as I move onto London Business School (LBS) for my MBA this July. But, it has a few ‘issues’ that are quite frustrating, from a Windows user’s perspective:

  • Where the heck is the delete key? Yes I get you can Fn + Delete but that’s crazy and a waste of time.
  • Right click – Seriously?
  • Function keys are off by default
  • The function of the Control is key and Alt (Option keys) are at times reversed and other times completely changed
  • The different ‘dashboards’ useful at times can be quite excessive.
  • Getting to applications is not quite obvious
  • Office is horrible – yes one can blame it on Microsoft but I will take it out on Macs 🙂
  • Not being able install a lot of applications that I used to be easily get
  • Backwards compatibility of applications
  • Pressing Enter doesn’t open documents or applications
  • Sorting / Arranging within the finder view isn’t fully fledged to support normal functions (for eg: ascending or descending)
  • Needing to click more – this is probably heavily dependent upon just getting to know all the keyboard shortcuts
  • What’s up with iPhoto creating it’s own copies of pictures


Two general things:

1) The MacOS is not quite ‘prettier’. I am not sure why this has been such a claim but it is quite disappointing.

2) Why doesn’t the screen tilt back further?


Some really cool things:

  • Built in boot utility
  • Spotlight is presented very well
  • The screen is very nice
  • The keyboard is surprisingly comfortable even with the spacing on the key

Idea for Google: Google Dialog – conversations redefined

This is an idea for Google Labs: Google Dialog.

The service would transcribe audio into text. Google could accomplish this by expanding their Google Voice to Text technology to further recognize and distinguish voices of individuals rather than just considering it all just one person speaking. I use Google Voice as my voicemail currently and quite rarely do I have no clue what the voicemail is about after reading the transcription. Nonetheless, I would expect this service to be better at going from voice to text. It might be a good idea for Google to acquire Nuance Communications (Dragon Dictation and Search apps maker) since their voice to text is quite accurate.

Some application of this service:

  • Hearing impaired individuals
  • YouTube video/audio translation
  • Podcasts translated
  • Phone calls or conference calls
  • Phone calls or conference calls (with approval obviously)
  • Movies in different languages
  • Live Speeches
  • Live Presidential Debates
  • Recordings that people want to share as a transcript as well

There are other companies trying to develop similar technology but I believe with Google’s resources, this can be accomplished considerably faster and distributed over numerous mediums.

Google        Nuance

New Hotel Location suggestions for @SPGInsider – in the Bay Area

I think anyone who lives in the Bay Area and has Starwood Points will agree with my following recommendations for new Starwood Hotel Locations:

  1. South & North Lake Tahoe – Most popular location during winters and summers
  2. Napa – Wine Country, popular tourist spot, organize wine tasting tours
  3. Yosemite – National forests, A lot of people can’t camp but want to visit
  4. Half-Moon Bay – Small beach and frequently used for a weekend
  5. Monterey – Beach Town
  6. Santa Cruz – Beach Town
  7. Marin – Close but feels far away from the Bay for a short getaway

The locations noted above are very popular locations for Bay Area residents as well as tourists. So there will be no shortage of customers. Also, given the reputation of Starwood hotels, they would not need to significantly discount prices even in areas that are cheaper.

Feel free to post comments with any additional locations suggestions. Also, if you would like to vote for any of the locations above – here is a link: http://bit.ly/elZNcc


p.s. This post is obviously assuming you (Starwood) don’t already have plans to expand into these areas.