Lucas Amaro

Products I Wish Existed

Enqueuer for spaced repetition

Let’s say I saved a couple of podcast clips and articles about a topic that I have been studying. I would benefit a lot from revisiting selected parts of that content periodically.

Nowadays, I must go through the hassles of creating flash cards in Anki.

Isn’t it possible to make that process smoother? Enqueuing (and then surfacing) content within spaced repetition tools should be easier.


Digital housekeeping

As knowledge workers spend decades using computers, clutter inevitably accumulates — from scattered documents across the Downloads folder to emails inside Gmail’s inbox.

Over the years all this clutter becomes a burden, a source of anxiety and guilt.

There should exist a good way to do “spring cleaning” in digital systems.


Podcasts have been part of the mainstream for some years now. How come it is still so hard to search audio? It is 2020 and we cannot Google a phrase and check in which episodes the phrase was said.

It seems like the bottleneck is in speech-to-text models — automated transcripts are still not good enough. Will that change anytime soon?


Richer web browsing

It seems that the web browser has stagnated. Two decades later, are tabs really the end-of-line? Isn’t innovation still possible in the browser layer?

Email, which is even older than the browser, has got its fair share of recent innovation with Superhuman and HEY.

Isn’t it possible bring some fresh air to the browser?

A few ideas —


Save podcast clips for later

Just like we bookmark webpages or “save them for later” with Pocket, we should be able to save a clip of a podcast, say 30-120 seconds, and refer back to it easily.

Airr starts to implement this, but it is not as polished as I would like to for daily usage.

A way to kickstart adoption is to create short clips that include subtitles (transcripts) and that are shareable by the podcast creators themselves – e.g. these videos.

A next step would be to integrate the library of clips into some kind of remixed playlist – one that could find into a spaced repetition routine.


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