What It Does: It generates random combinations of words from lists of idea categories such as "Web 2.0," "Panaceas," "Conveniences" and various metaphors.
How to Use It: Click the words in the center of the big round dial. Click almost anything else on the main window to discover features.
Lock a specific term or the category from which it came, to keep using that item.
There might not be a Farnsworth Television Company anymore (you do know he was the inventor of television, right?) but that doesn't mean there aren't any innovations coming out of Wyndmoor, PA USA anymore! This stupid little app churns out great ideas—and some pretty useless ones—faster than you can shake an iPhone. Just click the main display to generate random word combinations.
The idea behind Branestorm is well summarized by Linus Pauling, who said, "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas." A great example is a business I recently heard of that sells baby products like diapers and sippy cups in vending machines. That's the simple premise of Branestorm... prompting you to think of new combinations of otherwise well-known ideas.
Branestorm was built with jQTouch, an absolutely wonderful mobile development framework by David Kaneda. jQTouch is exactly the sort of solution that I've been hoping the software world would produce since I wrote my first book, Computers Stink. Thanks very much, David! We made a donation.
The graphic for the main screen is from the portfolio website of Philip Glofcheskie. The remaining panels and slide switches were inspired from it, but mine. On your desktop (where you have Flash) check out his extraordinary BitKraft.com (see Work>.SWF>Kiosk) and this masterpiece of his that first drew me to his portfolio site.
Jack Bellis is a software designer with Elsevier, a scientific and medical publisher and creates all sorts of stuff at JackBellis.com.
Version 1.00 March 5, 2010
Welcome to Branestorm!
Click anywhere in the big circle
to generate random
combinations of terms.
Explore the other buttons and switches to customize, control, or email your branestorms.
How It Works...
The values you enter here are saved on your phone and retained until you clear your browser cache with Settings>Safari>Clear Cache.