Easy idea on the drive in today thinking back to my Billboards post.
What is bumper stickers were customizable, living displays on the rear of your vehicle?
Imagine it, no more looking at bumper stickers from years ago “Super Bowl Champs…1985″ or ones that were only funny during a certain period of time (i.e. the infamous “1-20-09″ stickers) and the owners haven’t taken the razor blade to them to take em off.
Here is an idea – someone develop a durable, weatherproof, semi-indestructible LCD or plasma screen that is the size of a bumper sticker that can be installed on the back of a vehicle.
The bumper sticker is then linked to your dash which nowadays is most likely a 7 inch computer screen that has controls that allow you to surf the web or other various functions of the vehicle one more surely won’t hurt it.
So you have this little display in your bumper that you can then buy and or download bumper stickers of your choosing. Think about it. Many already do this with their phones, downloading custom backgrounds or creating their own to show off their technological prowess in Dreamweaver or MS Paint. What if you could show the rest of the world (or those fellow commuters) your skills?
Your car now becomes your own personal marketing device. What if you could have a bumper sticker that shows a link to your LinkedIn site? Or perhaps you want them to see your blog. Or perhaps you want to brag about the latest sports victory or defeat. Imagine your car turning into a mobile billboard for your thoughts, opinions, cheers, jeers, support, whatever it is you want to show off – you can. Your bumper sticker can be anything you want it to be whether it be a quote, a picture, a link, a smiley face, anything!
It could be managed either manually in the car or if there was a worry about freedom of speech and the obscenities that could follow, it could be managed by a host site that would beam the designs to your “bumperboard” (there I came up with a name for it on the spot) and you now monitored and all set. Update your bumperboard from your mobile device on the fly, update it from home, from work, from anywhere! (This is also another idea that I’ll get to later – message boards to thank people for letting you in a lane or curse them off for tailgating.)
These things could take off as quickly as the Facebook Bumper Sticker bonanza that was 2008/early 2009.
Why be limited by what you have to semi-permanently stick to your bumper when you can make it live?
That’s my idea for the day – who says it couldn’t happen?