Metal detectors are often thought of as toys. But, by combining them with customized software programs, entrepreneurs are making a business out of them.
They were originally developed for military applications, as were many of the things that we use in our leisure time and in our businesses. The navigation system in your car and even the computer you are using right now owes its existence to military scientists.
When entrepreneurs learn about the latest scientific developments, they start thinking about the business applications. They might think about how to create a market for the devices among the general public.
That’s basically what has happened with metal detectors. At the end of World War II, there was a huge surplus on the market. Relic hunters began using them. Some people used them just for fun. Others used them to make a profit.
The latest models have integrated customized software programs that allow for setting various filters and sensitivities. They can differentiate between different types of metal.
So, the relic hunter can set the detector to respond to desirable metals and ignore undesirable ones. All of the information collected during a hunt can be transferred to a computer program for mapping and planning purposes. Future hunts are usually more successful as the area being explored is narrowed down.
In many public parks, the use of metal detectors is prohibited. That has created a demand for open spaces that people can use to pursue their hobbies.
Entrepreneurs have purchased or rented land in historic or geologically significant areas. They host treasure hunting parties. Sometimes they search for the desired metals on their own and make a profit from their finds.
Customized software programs make prospecting and treasure hunting easier and more fun. If this is already your hobby and you would like to make a business out of it, you could start a club.
You could use the internet to attract or connect with other hobbyists. The fees charged to join the club could go towards planned day trips or week-long hunts.
You can profit by marketing accessories like t-shirts, hats and gloves. You can keep an eye out for the latest technological advances and market those as well. Everyone will want their own version of your customized software program.
People spend a lot of money on leisure activities. They are always looking for new, fun things to do. With metal detectors and a little imagination, you can give them what they are looking for.