The Greatest Company in the World
December 30, 2008
No, it’s not Google. Or Amazon or Apple or the Shinehart Wig Company.
Specifically, Ponoko.com. I found out about it while reading Wired magazine last night. The short article posed the question: Have you ever had a great idea but you don’t know how to actually make it?
Ponoko knows how to make it.
Here’s how it works: You submit your idea to Ponoko (for free). Nothing official, just a normal description of your idea, just like I’d do it on this blog. Within a few days, you’ll hear back from Ponoko’s designer(s) with their bids. If the price is right, they’ll make whatever you suggested and will send it to you when it’s ready.
It almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? As far as I can tell, there’s no catch. You still own the idea/product, and you can even sell it on Ponoko’s site. I’m sure there are technological limitations–like, you can’t ask for bids on a Star Trek-like transportation device and expect them to make it. But I think these designers can do quite a bit.
The ideas I plan on submitting:
- High heel shoes that convert to flats.
- Wearable, silent, vibrating alarm clock for your wrist or ankle.
- A shirt on which you can draw plays for pickup football and then erase them with the swipe of your hand for the next down.
Can they make them? We’ll see.