Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Make child labour fun and posssibly legal
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Use a smartphone bracketed to vaccuum cleaner wand, to display an augmentation of the floor space, as the basic game gear of a computer game. This game would be designed to entertain and to work, ... mostly work small children via the act of vacuum cleaning.

The smartphone view will be one of a coloured floor that gets erased away when vacuumed. Under the 'colour' or extraterrestrial flora are little flounder like aliens than have to be caught and sucked up. Once uncovered the cute little aliens have to be chased around as they flipflop around the floor before they make it under the colour again.

So, sit on the sofa, pour a wine, lift your feet and watch the fun.

wjt, Mar 10 2018


       ARKits photgrammetry could take a vacuum cleaner and remodel it as a kind of metal detector that you can rub back and forth on the ground and discover coins and jewels in AR.
Ian Tindale, Mar 10 2018

       Exploiting child labour, [+].
8th of 7, Mar 10 2018

       "Mom, can I go sweep up Aiden's house? He has a level 3 Pikachu that I need..."   

       Could be adapted for cleaning up roadsides as well.
RayfordSteele, Mar 10 2018

       Also, if you want someone to catch little aliens and gems, you could use AR to disguise it as vacuum cleaning.
Ian Tindale, Mar 10 2018

       Dental hygiene: further you could have a pokemon level up if the person uses the electric toothbrush effectively. The optimal pokemon only appears near bedtime.
beanangel, Mar 10 2018

       You know, that is actually a very good idea.
Ian Tindale, Mar 10 2018

doctorremulac3, Mar 10 2018

       The problem with a dental hygiene game, once the basics are down pat, would be you also have to level up the gut immunology avatars and bacterial biome MMIPG (inline) environment.
wjt, Mar 10 2018

       Or dress up the vacuum like a Ghostbuster gadget, add some vr, and there you go.
RayfordSteele, Mar 11 2018

       Sp. vacuum, but [+] anyway.
pertinax, Mar 11 2018

       Transfers well to lawn mowing too. [+]
AusCan531, Mar 11 2018

       I suppose any chore involving moving an arm back and forth for a while.
Ian Tindale, Mar 12 2018

       I'm imagining this as a kind of augmented reality Pacman - it's actually a really good idea and, as others have said, could be applied to vacuuming, lawn mowing or teeth brushing
hippo, Mar 12 2018

       … and the tedium of having to play Pacman, using AR vacuuming, lawn mowing or teeth brushing.
Ian Tindale, Mar 12 2018

       If you find playing Pacman tedious, you can distract yourself with a little light vacuuming or lawn mowing and before you know it, you've finished the game!
hippo, Mar 12 2018

       This could work equally well the other way … use AR to convince uses that they're dealing with garden weeds, when they're actually controlling a killer robot.   

       Some of the best ROV pilots are recruited from the ranks of keen video gamers …
8th of 7, Mar 12 2018

       That's roughly the plot of "Ender's Game".
hippo, Mar 12 2018

       And also the plot of having to watch “Ender’s Game”.
Ian Tindale, Mar 12 2018

       In fact, you could simulate watching television by overlaying it with some inane spreadsheet of calculations.
Ian Tindale, Mar 12 2018

       I think the aliens simply choose from people who have actually watched Enders Game.
RayfordSteele, Mar 12 2018

       Actually, those are the ones we tend to reject as unsuitable.   

       Oh, and we slightly resent the term "aliens". OK, so, fair enough, We Walk Amongst You. We don't make a secret of it. But honestly, homo sapiens, lots of stuff you do falls into the domain of what "alien" species unhesitatingly categorize as "Well weird shit" ... OK, you're buying youself great ratings on the Galactic entertainment channels, but at what price ? You're not getting a whole load of respect, indeed none whatsoever. You're not even cashing in on the royalties <snigger> ...
8th of 7, Mar 12 2018

       Do you find our QWERTY keyboards risible?
Ian Tindale, Mar 12 2018

       Bloody hilarious, mate.   

       And potatoes. Across the Galaxy, species composed of carbosilicate crystals who live at the bottom of oceans of liquid methane and metabolise ammonia laugh at your attitude to potatoes. "They peel them with their metal knives ... "   

       Prime time comedy, we assure you.
8th of 7, Mar 12 2018

       A quick perusal of you, [8th], would tend to suggest that you are not entirely unacquainted with chips. Or mash. Or indeed a hearty plate of chips with mash.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 12 2018

       M.A.S.H was great. Alan Alda for the win. C.Hi.P.S. was okay, but suffered from typical 70's cop drama formulae, and Ponch didn't go very far after his fame from it.
RayfordSteele, Mar 12 2018

       I like this idea. [+] but I also thought about how vaccuum cleaners are used on children in the context of abortions. Would it be too weird if children we trained to perform abortions, as a game?
DDRopDeadly, Mar 12 2018

       It doesn’t even have to be limited to vacuum cleaning. Small children could be encouraged, using AR, to tunnel their way up jewel-filled caves up toward the sunlight and unicorns outside, using a magical umbrella. The chimney sweeping equipment they have to carry up there would have 10DOF sensors on ESP8266 modules.
Ian Tindale, Mar 12 2018

       [-] true, it is a game, rather than self fulfilment and human development in a purely ..is.. way.
wjt, Mar 13 2018


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