In society today, there is a great deal of concern over the spread of germs and viruses. This “fear” is increased amongst people globally, by the widespread media attention & coverage of viruses such as H1N1.
On a daily basis, many people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom, or before consuming food. In airports, we have noticed that fewer people wash their hands after using the bathroom, than people who are using public bathrooms elsewhere. We believe that this occurs, because people are often in a rush when travelling.
The problem is that many people forget to water their plants and many plants are dying, so I invented a cool solution so the plants live longer.
The solution is to make a flowerpot that talk and flashes a red light. The flowerpot would start saying “water me!” “Time to water me!” and the flowerpot will have a red light and it will flash as it talks. It will flash and talk 3 times a day. The flowerpot needs batteries.
Inskickat av Renata Flores
Very simple: you want some electricity? Pedal! But attention, you do not create any electricity, fact of pedalling just acts as a switch (the bike is connected with a classic grip): if I pedal, the current crosses, i stop, the current stop. A coffee, music, my favorite serial: I pedal. Slowly, fast, profoundly, it is as I want. The sport is good for the health. Inskickad av Gilles Bonifait.
"Sit up straight!" Everybody knows those nagging words, and how annoying it can be to be constantly reminded about your posture. But good posture is important for presenting a positive outward appearance and for strengthening back muscles towards better health. So how can we make sitting up straight more FUN? With our Peacocks for Posture proposal, sensors are embedded in the back of a chair to detect the sitter's posture. Peacock feathers are mounted to a motorized system on the back of the chair. If the sitter is slouching, the peacock feathers remain folded up.
Can you make people recycle more paper? What if the paper you would bring to the recycle bin could be weighted and a discount ticket to buy more paper would be printed according to the amount of paper recycled? This could reduce the amount of paper needed to be produced.
Inskickat av Rui Miguel Conde
Att panta är viktigt, men tänk vad mycket roligare det skulle vara om man fick se vad som händer med PET-flaskorna efter att man stoppat in dem i maskinen. Idag hör vi en massa spännande kross-ljud, men vi saknar den visuella njutningen. Lösning: pantkrossen - den transparenta pantautomaten. Stoppa in din flaska och fascineras av hur kompakt den blir av krossens effektiva mekanismer.
Inskickad av Tobias Fors
Use an ergometric bike (fitness bike) to generate electric energy for a bus/train/ferry stop. All types of users and public can ride a bike while waiting for public transportation, where the mechanical energy provided by the user is transformed in electric energy and used in the illumination of the bus/train stop at night. The advertising display is also transformed in a video game screen. According to the distances covered by the users, the battery bar in the screen is filled until the “champion” completes the whole bar.
People nowadays tend to be impressed or attracted by something new or unique. The refuse bin was design in an upside down way to attract the crowd (What is your first reaction or impression when you see an inverted refuse bin hanging on the wall?) Throwing aluminum cans can be fun, the upside down way, where your cans will be suck upwards (a fun interaction between human and refuse bin). Funny sentences and phrases displayed on LCD screens after each throwing action, using several weird quotes create some unexpected fun while throwing your cans (i.e.
The idea is to avoid people crossing the walks on red lights. Too many people cross the crosswalks on redlights when there are not cars. My idea consist on installing a sensor on the floor on each site of crosswalk that will detect when people put a foot on the crosswalk and it is red light. If someone crosses the street, a speaker will make a sound and a light on the opposite site of the crosswalk will flash the pedestrian so he/she will realize that is not allowed to cross on red light.
Inskickat av David Ruiz Litwinski
Moving because it's fun, not because you have to. The idea is to make billboards and posters in the city or at the office with an activity on there. Moving is fun! are tasks/activitites you can preform during your daily routine. While outside or at work. The tasks are very simple and don't cost you a lot of extra time. You don't need extra material, just use the surroundings of the city or the office. For example: when you walk in the city walk only on the white stripes of a zebracrossing.
Cigarettes stubs are often thrown away on the streets creating pollution, how can we make throwing them in a trashcan fun? We've thought about creating a bin with a built-in speed sensor: challenge your friends to the fastest cigarette stub throw!
Inskickat av Claudio Petrarulo
Take your best guess at the true or false statement and place your hand under your answers side. Motion detector senses it, the side of the correct answer lights up. Right or wrong you get soap on your side and you have probably learned an interesting fact for the day. There is nothing like a little curiosity to quickly get people involved and forming some good habits.
Inskickat av Will LaForge
The idea is to make people to wipe the public chairs with fun. It’s the chair with the touch screen function which, the trash and dirty words will appear more and more when it is not wiping. When people wipe the chair, the trash and dirty words will disappear. Inskickad av Agua Chou
People tend to pass doormats in public entrances without actively cleaning their shoes. This is a problem, especially in winter, since the shoes are more dirty during the rainy season. The aim was to motivate people opening slide doors with funny and unusual movements. Therefore we combined the unlock mechanism of a fruit labeled communication device with a doormat. Not only tech savvy pedestrians used the mat, but also average people adopted the unlock mechanism intuitively.
Inskickad av Tim Mackerodt.
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.
The object of the game is to use the lever on the back of a player's hippo trash to consume as many of the cans on the playing field as possible. You have to insert cans to play the game. Play ends when all of the cans have been "eaten" by the hippos trash. The player whose hippo has "eaten" the most cans wins. Inskickad av Lary Alaouchiche.
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.
People are crossing the streets and ignoring the traffic lights every day. Why? Maybe they don't have much time, they don't care or they just don't want to wait. Probably because it's no fun to wait. But what if there is a fun way to wait? This is where the "concert-traffic-light" comes in. In front of a traffic light there is a floor sticker with electrical sensors underneath. Each sensor stands for a position in an orchestra, e.g. a violin. By standing on one sensor this particular instrument begins to play.
This is a special box for collecting used batteries. You can put one normal battery of any kind into the "start" hole, then the game begins. When you roll the handle, the maze plate revolves. You just need to find the the right way to exit for your battery as soon as possible. A record of the least time will be shown on the top. Through this amazing Battery Maze, people would like to collect used batteries spontaneously. Inskickat av Golden Guo
How to make vacuum cleaning fun?
Everyone loves karaoke, SingStar and other fun singing games.
The Sing'n'Clean gadget for your vacuum cleaner is a game, where you can sing karaoke and score points while you are cleaning. The lyrics display is placed on the "head" of the vacuum cleaner, for you to read and sing them while focusing on cleaning.
A censor is registrating the ammount of dirt you collect and how well you clean the house. Points for cleaning and points for singing are added up, so you get a final Sing'n'Clean score.