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It somewhat comes back to marketing though, doesn't it? One would have to educate the market on potentials, educate them on the balance of time and cost to production, make them able to actually describe what they would pay for.
Would asdf pay for a more expensive toaster. Would we feel as if we were getting ripped off if the only toasters cost 100, and there were no 30 (built-to-break) toasters there to compare them to?
The internet makes a large world small enough to reach the aficionados of some idea. It can change the way a project is financed.
I don't know either. Lots of tangents to the thoughts, some that lead to obscure ideas that were tried successfully but were undupliacatable.
The cool stuff comes because someone sees something and says "I bet I could get it to do 'that'", or, of course, they steal an idea thinking they can make it cheaper or faster to market. So many variables.
Contrary to the outreach idea is the problem of a simple idea that needs to be timed right. A product that I am working on now is just combining something that is out there now, modernizing it, combining it with something else that is out there commercially and in the public domain and tossing a salad on the back end so that it fits into a market. If exposed to early, any number of companies can come up with it long before our 'weekend engineers' could get it out.
Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.
Frank Delaney ~ Ireland
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