The final 12 ideas filtered through my brainstorming are below and I have filtered them further, based on my Thesis Criteria:

  1. App to record songs and give out the pitch and scale, so that they can train themselves. Feed music into the app so that it will generate the scale and measure your singing against it. This way you may sing well, but you need to also learn music theory.
     Fails Thesis Criteria
    There are splendid and amazing apps like these already, like Vanido, Smule, etc 
  2. Create an app to decide and plan a trip between a group of friends. Let each friend add their inputs and then from the options, the machine will make the plan that everyone can follow or reject.
    Machine learning can learn from online databases and reviews and suggest even minor details of planning that might be missing.
    Make a one-stop shop travel research app where they can key in the city and all the possible factors like date, weather, clothing, culture, nitty-gritty from different sources and be tailor presented so that they can know exactly what to do – kinda like a much better TripAdvisor, where you don’t have to do any online research. This can be along the same dates where they plan to travel in real time keeping real scenarios at hand, like say, elections season going on in that place, or bad weather or monuments are under construction.
     Partially satisfies Thesis Criteria
    There are other means and apps to achieve this, just they need to be refined.
    Not innovative and of pressing importance. Doesn’t complement the physical world, and drives people more towards screens. This lies in the realm of my comfort and doesn’t reflect a complete picture of my talent and capabilities.
  3. Train younger or brand new coders the art of thinking to code. Just like design thinking, where we don’t actually teach how to design, but how to think like a designer so that you can design anything in the future. The same way this is to teach you how to think in code, and not just learn language upon language.
    Ex: Duolingo teaches you language after language. Is it possible to learn the essence of communication, so that learning any language will be easier next time?
    That’s what this idea aims to do. Learn code thinking and control flow for any programming language.
    Get them to solve real-world experiences and then related it to code and not keep them inside syntax and symbols.
     Fails Thesis Criteria
    There are many apps that already do a decent job of this. Ex: Grasshopper, Mimo
  4. Create an app so that it can trying to assist people to coach them and get them to create their journey line efficiently, patiently and aesthetically.
    This line should stand as a self-reflection for inspiration and motivation for the future. This app can give a reminder to force them to stand in superhero pose to gain more self-esteem and confidence. Research shows that body language reflects on the mind.
    I’m trying to assist people to coach them and get them to create their journey line efficiently, patiently and aesthetically. This line should stand as a self-reflection for inspiration and motivation for the future.
     Fails Thesis Criteria
    Based on a whole domain and may be too simple and linear for a year-long project. Doesn’t complement the physical world and can be easily worked into a website, extension, and an app is not needed. This is something that needs to be done while sitting, in solitude and not with an app, on the move, in a distractive interface environment.
  5. Make climate change a personal effect on a low, granular level, than on a high level. They should be able to track it on their smartwatches, browser notifications, app, etc. Add meters to show how they are contributing on small-scale extrapolated to a large scale.
     Fails Thesis Criteria
    I am not the best person to do this, and I don’t practice this myself strongly yet.
    Google Search homepage has started propagating this in a beautiful way.
  6. Using AR and 360 video or images, to bring reality close to the customer, so that the customer can visit the shop without actually traveling there.
    AR can help him understand how clothes would look and fit in an apparel store, and the 360 images can help him asses the vegetables, the size of the fruits, etc and then buy them online.
     Fails Thesis Criteria
    I am not the best person to do this, because I really don’t care so much about clothes. Anything fits, for me. IKEA, GAP and other stores are doing this well already.
  7. Create a habit coach app, that will make u focus on your habit and get you to your goals slowly, step by step. Can an app be able to help or coach a person to cultivate a habit that will stick or help someone lose a bad habit? https://qz.com/877795/how-to-create-new-good-habits-according-to-stanford-psychologist-b-j-fogg/
     Fails Thesis Criteria
    There are tons of apps that do this, especially research driven like TinyGain, Goalify, and many other smartwatch apps.
  8. Plot all the ‘promises’ famously made by all political parties in specific geographies or countries and keep a daily tracker based on news updates. Machine learning can help pull ‘promises’ from past election news or can be manual since its once in 5 years or 4 years based on the geo chosen. The promises need to be quantized and classified as eligible first and then tracked based on numerical quantities released by reliable sources. Map them against manifestos, govt data, etc.
     Partially satisfies Thesis Criteria
    This is good and the data visualization can be done in many innovative ways. However, this has been tried before, and data is always there. How much would this affect people’s belief systems? Also, this overlaps domains I’ve extensively worked in before, and don’t want to explore that domain repeatedly again.
  9. Pintail – Can a digital portfolio product for travel, make users want to ‘show off’ or flaunt their travels and also use that as a means of travel logging?
     Partially satisfies Thesis Criteria
    There are other means and apps to achieve this, just they need to be refined. Not innovative and of pressing importance. Doesn’t complement the physical world, and drives people more towards screens. This lies in the realm of my comfort and doesn’t reflect a complete picture of my talent and capabilities.
  10. Litter – A data-visualization on the web or on mobile, to observe garbage deposition and litter across one’s own city and get a bird’s eye view, to compare against other cities to reveal consciousness and relationships between trash, population, cultures, and economic systems.
     Satisfies Thesis Criteria
    Provided the domains needs to be cornered into specificity further.
    This is coming from an emotional and a moving place, backed by user reactions.
    This is to tap into the sense and consciousness of the urban Indian or the urban responsible (global) citizen.
    The implementation is discomforting and the research into proving the value is going to be a challenge.
  11. Plot the ironies in perception vs. fact for many things around the world, related to news, culture, social practices. Can this be a website or some game? We can have a game to decide whether this is perception or fact. Measuring perception can be a challenge. Create a game to spot the irony in some topics – a game, because this can keep the atmosphere light and with no tension. This can be something like ‘Taboo’ to avoid the ironical word, etc. Can we create an irony index app just like air pollution?
     Satisfies Thesis Criteria
    The domain is communication between people which complements by passion and design discipline for interaction and UX design. It can be an avenue to truly explore the ‘communication’ capabilities of a smartphone in today’s world, which has now trapped us in our own bubbles.
  12. Can I extend ‘Interaction for Strangers‘ across the world – an app that gets you to chat with a stranger and you get something to work together, without knowing that person. This ‘something’ can be to play with irony? Can we relate irony between two or more strangers from different countries?
    This is not to get two strangers to chat with each other, but appreciate each other without talking or seeing.
    Can we create a playful experience of not only understanding each other or other world cultures with irony but also appreciating the interaction with each other, but getting to play a random puzzle that can only be solved together?
    Can this help create a sense of appreciation for the other ‘stranger’, without the bias of race, religion, language, nationality, etc?
    Note: Humans have 18 different smiles? Can I get that out?
     Satisfies Thesis Criteria
    In conjunction with the idea above, this project has a personal connection to me and it’s coming from an emotional place. The idea is still taking shape in my head and I feel it can push me to the edge of my discomfort.