In broadcast search you put your question out to the world (or a subset of it) -- in hopes of having someone see/answer or connect you to the answer.
It's nothing new per se - Request for Comments/Quotes (RFC's and RFQ's have been around forever) -- it's just that collaborative tools enable it much easier than before. In most implementations it either uses a message-board type of model or micro-blogging.
I've recently become somewhat of a soft-tip dartboard junky -- I bought an Arachnid Cricket Pro 800 -- and as Arnold Palmer is oft quoted, "the more I practice, the luckier I get!"
The board comes from the same folks that make the Galaxy II that sit in many bars -- but at $3,500 I just don't see acquiring one anytime soon. The CP 800 is veritable bargain at about $250.
Surely there must be a middle option? The range between the "top of the bottom" at $250 and the top tier of $3,500 -- well, that just smells like opportunity to me!
At first I was thinking that Arachnid should have a $350-$550 priced board that puts a 4" touch lcd in the wall mount that runs the same games/os as the Galaxy II.
Make it IP enabled, add an option for a web-cam and you could play darts with anyone else in the world remotely!
Then it occurred to me. Don't make the board smarter -- move that all to the PC/MAC and make the board bluetooth enabled !! You skinny the board down to its true round shape, and then you have the PC handle the game play, the scoring and tournament play, web-cam and audio/mic enabled. This way the board gets cheaper and you sell software/upgrades -- annuity baby! And when I say "PC" I also mean your iPhone, Palm Pre, Android smartphone, or little netbook that sits idle most of the time.
It doesn't exist as far as I know -- so I'm putting Web 2.0 to work. I'm broadcast searching for someone to get inspired to make us one!
Today's Big Idea: If something doesn't exist, invent it. To invent it faster, call it into existence using broadcast search.
It's a bit like being a magician when you think about it....invoke the words and watch it appear....