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Crowdsourced Citizen Science

A local parish uses a smartphone app to let their members collect air pollution data in their community. The app recommends whether it is safe for them to be outdoors and allows them to contribute this data to the parish pollution network for aggregate analysis and mapping of pollution in the parish. Once they find the most polluted spots, they can initiate clean-up and lobbying efforts to benefit their community.

by: Mathias Crawford and Jason Tester, IFTF | Jun 12, 2010

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Interactive Fitness Gaming

Doing physical workout regularly is challenging for many people simply because it is exhausting and boring. To increase people's motivation, fitness devices are connected over the internet, turning them into input devices for interactive online games, at first racing games, but other games genres, such as role playing games, are also possible. This way a world-wide online fitness community will be established that lets players compete against one another in all kind of games, as well as track individual fitness progress.

by: Martin Gossen | Jul 30, 2010

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Home is where the heart is. Healthy home=Healthy heart.

Making your home into a healthy environment is necessary so we can progress to actively monitor our health needs. The healthy home will have a smart refrigerator that keeps count of calories, nutrition, and even recommends certain foods. The healthy home will also have a bacterial analyzer toilet. All this information will be sent to the central hub or a family computer. This will make it easy for new devices to be added, like glucose meters for diabetics. This system will make it much easier to make informed health decisions and keep all information in one simple location.

by: John Dzikiy | Jul 16, 2010

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Singularity Weight Loss Centers

Create an international chain of weight loss centers based on the precepts of singularity. People may choose to adopt a healthy lifestyle as Kurzweil’s vision of singularity becomes mainstream. Singularity posits that if people live to 2050, they might live forever given the exponential expansion of science and medicine. This creates a paradigm shift that may motive people to resist temptation. When facing a firing squad, it is hard to resist the sensual pleasure of a candy bar. The potential prospect of living forever, though, trumps momentary pleasure. The centers may expand into: Diagnostics, Exercise, Restaurants, Grocery, Retail, Food/Supplements, Entertainment

by: Bruce Polatnick | Jul 28, 2010

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Wellcome

Ever been laid up in a bed with a major illness or injury? Visiting hours only cover a small portion of the day in hospital and even at home friends and family are often at work. Medication, procedures and lack of routine can leave patients awake and lonely at all hours. We have the technology to solve this right now. Think iPads and an application like Twitter and you get Wellcome, a place where patients and voluntary supporters from around the world (different time zones mean there's always a volunteer who's awake) congregate to chat and connect.

by: Jon Brown | Jul 26, 2010

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Radical Sucks!

How about offering Liposuction at a partly subsidised rate on the NHS - whereby the patient pays up front for the procedure (say £500 for example). Then at regular follow ups, if the patient has maintained their weight and adopted a healthier lifestyle (determined by some sort of health checks) then they get their £500 back! Its radical and I reckon it would work in most cases as there is a financial incentive for both sides -the patient wants their cash back, the NHS wants to prevent future admissions (It would have to be a one time only offer though)!

by: Les Fawcett | Jul 12, 2010

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Walk+Play

The Walk+Play concept is simple: Put a stepometer, LCD screen and connectivity into one compact unit that can be repackaged and recoded to suit any brand or IP. Each has one thing in common - footsteps in the real world are converted into footsteps in the game world. So, you could have a world you walk around to collect dragon eggs, which you can then nurture and raise to enter into contests. Effectively fusing healthy walking exercise with Pokemon and Tamagotchi. Most importantly, this simple device would be cheap enough for everyone to join in the fun.

by: Jon Brown | Aug 6, 2010

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Fitness specialists compete for your health needs

Imagine a network that would connect those in need of fitness expertise with a local specialist. Individuals could post their fitness goals online, without the fear of a sales pitch, free from the anxiety of modern gyms. Fitness specialists within their area would be notified in real-time of said fitness goals. Fitness specialists would then place a bid (proposal and monetary requirements for their service). From the comfort of home, the consumer could select the fitness specialist that best meets their needs and share their contact information with ONLY the fitness specialist of choice. A “Bob and Jillian” for everyone!

by: Joel Griffin | Jun 21, 2010

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Revolutionize Drug Development, Really, Not on Paper

Thousands of new compounds (or old compounds for new indications) are not being tested because of boxed thinking within the current system, and prohibitive cost of clinical stages of development. The proposal is to utilize a completely transparent crowdsourcing model and convergence of modern computer sciences / healthcare IT with drug development know-how. As a result, higher quality data will be generated faster and cheaper, bringing many of new chemical entities and "repurposed" generics to patients. The adoption of this method will make the legacy drug development paradigm obsolete, and result in dramatic savings to the healthcare systems globally.

by: Tomasz Sablinski | Aug 25, 2010

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WalkMiles Meter

People who fly accumulate frequent flier miles, Shoppers accumulate Loyalty Points etc. I envision a Sports shoe/ Formal Shoe that will have a Meter to record the Miles walked. The technique is simple - convert the foot falls to miles ( simplified math formula) using a small electronic meter embedded on the sole with a display at the bottom. This will help you to monitor your activity level & feel Good about your healthy walking! Companies and Educational Institutions can buy these WalkMiles and reward with cash/ small gifts as a measure of encouragement. WalkMiles - WalkSmiles!

by: Dr. Vaman JN MD | Aug 10, 2010

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