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Paul Graham suggests that the way to get an idea for a startup is to look around and find something for which all current solutions suck. Due to a recent wrist injury, I found one: cold wraps for wrists, maybe especially women's wrists.

Most cold wraps are way too big and bulky, and NONE of them are actually shaped like a hand or wrist. This one looked good (non-migrating gel! long-lasting, gentler temperature!) but the gel is like a rectangular slab of cartilage. How one is supposed to apply enough force to wrap it around a 6.25" wrist -- a sore wrist -- without hurting that wrist even more, is beyond me. The picture of it was obviously taken of the fabric "wrap" part alone, without the cooling insert.

The next best one, which I also bought, has 3" by 11" gel packs. It's "specifically" marketed for necks (fine, my neck is about 15" around) and wrists (again, 6.25" around). Because those are really similar, obviously.

Please, someone, go start a nice little company and solve this problem. Enough people have wrist pain that there has to be a market for a wrist-shaped, wrist-sized solution.
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I'm sorry your wrist hurts. Totally right, though.
Omigosh, I had the same experience when RSI from typing made my fingers, hands, and forearms hurt. I wished there were ice pack gloves with attachments that make it go all the way up to the elbow. It is simply not convenient to balance ice packs all the way up the forearm, even if you do own 6 of them.

Maybe I should see if my idea is patented!
Yes. And not making it work only for medial nerve (carpal tunnel syndrome) would be good -- some of us screw up our ulnar nerves instead.
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