I want to arise the awareness of the fact that everyone needs to feel they've been needed, and it's ok to admit we're needy sometimes. To do that, I made two "needy objects", they need the owner's attentions to make them work. One is an alarm clock, to stop the alarm, the owner needs to hug it. The other one is a speaker, the volume will go crazy when the owner is not around. The owner needs to pet it to make it calm down. To see more: http://ineedyoutoneedme.com. Inskickad av Elim Cheng.
Waiting for the red man to change on the traffic light, while necessary for maintaining your life, is a bummer. Our aim was making the wait pleasurable. We did it by posting Adam Ben Ezra in one side of a heavily traveled zebra crossing. Our guy plays when the light is red, and rests when it turns green. For our special operation we made double bass covers for famous songs containing words like "stop", "stand", etc.
Inskickad av Guy Dayan
Appropriating the marginal languages of disused and abandoned urban forms through public sculptural intervention, Project Snow Machine reacquaints city dwellers with their environment. Project Snow Machine is an urban intervention that borrows from the typology of municipal forms (signposts, signpost anchors, and parking meters) and recodes them, functionally transforming a public space into a playground. The camouflaged steel snowball-making machines designate a slightly subversive space for wintry play and jocular battle.
The problem is that people are always going up the escalator and not the stairs. How can we make them change? We can make the Billy Jean stair case. The Billy Jean stair case is a set of stairs that lights up around your foot when you step on it. The Billy Jean stair case should make people stop useing the escalator because it is fun to do.
Inskickat av McLean Masuch.
The idea is simple: When you return a book to the library you get a sweet mint. It’s a fun pat on the back for reading a book and returning it. Children would be enthused by a little gesture like this and it would encourage them to read more. Adults would enjoy a smile and a chuckle. The actual machine would just be a dispenser attached to the book return slot. When a book is returned a button is triggered and lights up for 5 seconds - You can then press the button and it dispenses a sweet mint.
My idea is to produce street lights powered by dynamo. This stand-alone lighting would basically run itself and also not use any electrical wiring, so that the lights can be placed virtually anywhere. Cities, villages, islands, everywhere. Both government and private persons (as an extra to the city treasury, the government might account for the production and sales) could put up streetlights of this variety. If the LED is used for lighting are also sufficient these lights an entire lifetime.
Treadmills and exercise bikes at the gym are a great way for people to work
out regardless of the conditions outside. The problem is that they're boring
and monotonous, and there's no incentive to push yourself (unlike running
outside, when there's always someone to try to catch up to).
The solution: Treadmill Racing.
Network a series of treadmills and exercise bikes so that each one knows how
fast its user is running/pedaling in relation to the other users. Project
this data on a big-screen "track" in the front of the gym so that the gym
The “Conscious Shower” is an alternative to reduce the amount of water spent in the shower in a fun way. To do that, a water meter has to be installed in the shower. It’s necessary to set up an amount of water enough for a shower (eg. 40 liters). So it will be possible to check in a screen how much water is being spent during the shower.
GOLD MINE is a proposal to propagate the use of dry toilets and replace the current Water Closets (WC) in an intriguing kind of way. For The Fun Theory we call the wooden toilet houses GOLD MINE and place them on several public and semi-public places around town. The idea is to engage not only volunteers in building and maintain them but also to connect different parts of the community through the GOLD MINES. What people produce in the GOLD MINES is later utilized to enrich the soil of the community while leaving glittering traces outside of the dry toilets.
Inskickat av Markuz Wernli Saito
Every day, countless people keep their cars running during long red phases at traffic lights, thus producing harmful emission gases and wasting fuel.
A fun solution to this problem is the racing-style traffic lights: At the beginning of each red phase, they tell car drivers to turn off their engine and then to turn it on again before the next green phase – using racing-inspired voice commands (e.g. “Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines!”) and a typical motorsports light signal countdown.
Fortunetelling machine for chopsticks recycling. In many Asian countries usual habit is to use single use chopsticks which are thrown away after single use. Numbers indicate: Just in Japan about 90 000 tons of used chopsticks finish in rubbish. It is amount of 25 billons chopsticks which connected make three times distance from earth to moon. In China 25.000.000 trees are being cut just for production of chopsticks. China produces about 45 billions chopsticks per year. Chopsticks export to Japan is large as 4 billions cubic meters of wood.
Most airports provide an automatic walkway for people to either rest as they head towards their gate or get there a bit quicker when walking. Unfortunately, these too require the use of much electricity by keeping them running all day, every day. As someone who is interested in other languages myself, I believe that there are many people out there who are as well and would take the no-walkway route to hear some phrases in different languages.
I want to create a mobile, sectional pipe organ that can be installed and performed anywhere, turning the space itself into a unique, reactive instrument. A large portion of the project will be public installations, allowing people to see, play, and experience the instrument for themselves. The idea is to inform people about an awesome instrument that is little understood and seldom played with by creating a invasive and interactive version that can be played by anyone. I've designed a pipe organ in which each pipe is independent, connected along to a central air supply through a long hose.
Many cities, especially crowded ones, are having a problem - the crossing of the streets on not allowed zones, or while the pedestrian traffic light is red, that way creating dangerous situations for themselves and other participants in traffic. One of the solution would be - the entertainment. While waiting at the traffic light, the pedestrians could entertain themselves watching a short movie on special designated mini displays installed on the traffic light itself. The variety of the movies should be vast, and it should be achieved by creating a lot of movies.
Well, the problem of tha trash cans is sometimes they are "invisible"!
Making them "visible" can be the challenge to clean our parks or streets.. u know.
everytime crossing the line which is asking "any trash?" is like our mother asking everytime: did u clean your hands? and the design by itself is so easy to understand, so familiar to the generations..
Inskickat av Zdenek Borysek
Hur får vi fler människor att motionera? Idén är att kombinera en vanlig stegmaskin med ett flipperspel. När du rör dina fötter upp och ner fungerar de som flipperspelets paddlar inuti maskinen. Träffa kulan, få poäng och ha kul!
Inskickat av Omar Sotomayor Noel - Peru
Throwing spent batteries in the trash is harmful to our environment. There are some states in the US that even have rules to prevent their improper disposal. To promote the correct disposal of these batteries, a fun way would be to create a container that can answer a question, like a Magic 8 Ball. You put your battery and it is thrown to the container, being shaked and moved by its internal devices, so that at the end it falls into one of the possible answers. Inskickad av Iris.
Keeping a happy outlook towards each other is hard in these stressful times. We propose to create a magic mirror to reflect and enhance people’s daily expressions. Our invention is a digital camera with smile detection software, linked to a projector behind a mirror. The display will show the visitor walking by, just like any mirror. But if the visitor stops and looks, a red smile line will be drawn on his or her image, reminding them that it’s up to everyone to inspire each other with fun and good cheer! Inskickad av Greg Fichter.
The negative mood of the great majority of people that can result on further violence or isolation. To make people realize that they have enough reasons to be happy, they just need a detonator to speak out and share them.
These days all the people is seeking to be famous, to be broadcasted, express themselves; this “Happy Booth”, located in any public space, is a nice way to do this.
The idea is to incentivize the recycling of hazardous materials such as batteries, which too often end up in the regular garbage with other waste. The thought is to design special disposal containers with transparent sections, where electrical discharges appear as soon as a battery is thrown inside, creating an impression that the battery is being "disintegrated". The more visual example would not only show the individuals that batteries are not ordinary waste and should be treated differently, but also make the recycling process more exciting.
Inskickat av Andrii Shekhirev.