Wingman development proposed to Dave Mallot – American Inventor contestant

November 27, 2008

Wingman development proposed to Dave Mallot – American Inventor contestant
~James Dunn

The Wingman development is significant because it provides the world with a means of meeting strangers and promoting friendships.

Entry for June 28, 2007 0756 MST


Since you only have $50k for total development, the stand-alone Wingman device could simply be developed on a bluetooth enabled PDA like the Dell Axim. Hire a professional programmer to fully develop the software. $50k probably won’t be enough to both develop the hardware and software. Hardware development is very expensive. The PDA provides a touch screen and back lit color display to provide easy user interface.

If you make the program universal, it can be made to work with any bluetooth enabled PDA or bluetooth enabled cell phone; increasing market reach.

You are selling a service. The user can purchase hardware from you, but the service is the main source of revenue.

Optionally, your concept can be completely developed on an internet ready cell phone.

The internal GPS of the cell phone can place you in the vacinity ( +/- 25 feet) before entering the bar so the website server software knows who to couple up (GPS commonly loses signal in Urban environments).

Also, bluetooth enabled software can be used identically as your proposed stand-alone Wingman hardware device.

The additional advantage of using a cell phone over the Wingman stand-alone is that everyone already has a cell phone, they just need to pay the service fees. That puts your service immediately into the hands of millions of users instantly. By mentioning the website on American Inventor, you win whether or not you win the million dollars. You may choose to withdraw from the competition to CEO your own development.

Internet ready cell phones already have access to the internet. So a user would need to do no more than access your website using their cell phone. The monthly internet service fees may be more than they want to pay (quite expensive on some cell phones).

Optionally, the user could call a phone number (long distance calls are free on many cell phone plans) and a small program in the cell phone would be updated with the information regarding the people who are planning to attend a proposed social activity (bar, wedding, church, beach, concert, …) during the users proposed time span. This might be done by text messaging.

Using Text Messaging, you would type in the address of the event and the time span you intend to be there, for each event on your schedule. A text message would return with a list of possible matches. Providing the user with the knowledge of how fruitful attending the event might be.

Upon arriving, the cell phone uses bluetooth to find other users of the service.

Your website would grab the user’s GPS location, and any other bluetooth enabled users in the area and attempt to coordinate a match. A small program running on the users cell phone would look for other users with a similar program scanning for bluetooth. When all of the available bluetooth users have been polled, the cell phone automatically calls the website server to coordinate matches. Upon the matches being made, the user cell phone is updated with everyones matches and the matches are broadcast via bluetooth to all participating users. This helps to reduce the number of cell phone calls made to the server.

As people walk around, new bluetooth connections are made, and information is shared.

The small program in the cell phone then notifies the user when a match has been made.

The users use text messages sent to the server to enter their precise chosen location to meet others at the event. The user may optionally use the internet interface to browse more detailed match statistics (pictures, essays about themselves and what they are looking for, …) and choose whom they want to meet.

A text message would otherwise be sent to each cell phone with shorthand information about each potential match.

The user selects all the people they want to match with (ID numbers) and sends a text message to the server. A list of quick notes is generated by the small program which are the match ID numbers.

* Anyone mutually picking each other has priority.
* The next match is based upon proximity.
* The next match is based upon a person openly making themselves available.
* Persons may option to only be contacted if there is a mutual match.
* Persons may option not to be contacted at all (changed their mind after arriving).

A text message is sent to each person of a match and the location provided by the female is used as a meeting place.

Either user can decline the meeting at any time.

Each user can provide feedback as to the quality of the match up. If a person lied about themselves, then multiple similar comments from different users at different times would flag the questionable profile attributes. Repeated updates by the user and having similar discrepancies would automatically lower the reliablility rating of that user.

Persons leaving desparaging remarks about other users and having no other user at different times leaving similar remarks, lowers the persons reliability rating who made the remarks.

This provides a mechanism to encourage people to act responsibly.


James Dunn

Some of my own inventive ideas



Of course there are other issues related to making the software functional and user friendly.

The GPS feature of cell phones could be exploited to provide course and direction from user to user.

The website could provide users with the ability to meet before an event (wedding, party, …) so that they can attend together if they hit it off.

The website could provide a means to coordinate a public event (canoe trip, ethnic feastival, …)

Local bands can effortlessly keep in contact with their fans, allowing them to find their band whenever they are playing

At 5 cents per text message, 10 single people per event, 4 text messages per person, and over 1 million entertainment businesses in the United States, that would be a weekly revenue of about $2 million, or $104 million dollars a year.


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