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Gezellig

Gezellig is a Dutch word that means 'comfortable.' My idea is a suite of objects for elderly users who are transitioning into care homes for Alzheimer's and dementia. The objects are all recognizable to elderly users: a radio, serving tray, and a quilt. The radio and serving tray interact with the user by playing familiar music when a meal is served. The quilt is designed to recognize when it has been tucked in, and turns on an embedded heating blanket at night. These objects all work using RFID and Arduino microprocessors.

by: Stephanie Vacher | Aug 19, 2010

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Pepfly

Pepfly is built on the idea that brief experiences of positive emotion can have a powerful effect over time. Many of us already search the web for content to inspire us, make us laugh, or remind us of the beauty around us. Pepfly is a new way to find, save, share, and enjoy what moves us. Pepfly recognizes the words you use to describe emotions and make sense of them in psychological terms. It connects you to a piece of media that might work for you and finds patterns in your ratings so it can make better recommendations.

by: Jeremy Bersin | Jul 16, 2010

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TV-Treadmill

A television that is powered by a treadmill. It will only power up with the use of a treadmill being utilized. With significant use, the power can be stored in a battery to reward hard work with a break. All family members can chip in and add time. The key would have to be that the reserve, built up power resets on a regular basis, say every 48 hours. That way you can't bank tons of time without continuous effort. Maybe other equipment like a row machine, stair climber, weight machine could tie in for variety and full body coverage.

by: Gerald Griffith | Aug 17, 2010

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Augmented Reality Gym Mirror

When you're working out at the gym, a mirror in front of you shows you a visualization of your future self - thinner, more muscular, generally in better shape than you currently are. This is such a compelling vision that it motivates people to exercise more to move towards matching it. It can start off being installed in high-end gyms, then filter down into Wii-like applications used at home.

by: Lisa Mumbach and Jason Tester, IFTF | Jun 12, 2010

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Family Dinners Help Create Healthy Children

It is proven that children who eat with their family 5 nights a week have fewer risky behaviors: less teen smoking, drinking, illegal and prescription drug use. They also have better nutrition, fewer eating disorders, and better literacy. What about people who say they don't know how to cook, or are not good at it, or don't feel like cooking? Well, as far as Liz Edmunds, author of The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner, is concerned, she has counter-arguments for the 10 most common excuses, which she convincingly offers in her chapter "Yes, But..." Families can do more than government!

by: Pati Palmer | Jul 25, 2010

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Re-Use & Sharing of Resources Through Person to Person Renting

Rentalic (Rental In Community) is an innovative new concept that helps communities become environmentally and economically sustainable by encouraging re-use and sharing through person to person renting. Imagine the possibilities! All the things we own including tools, electronics, medical equipment, vehicles, toys, parking spaces, and even our skills could be rented to each other! Renting removes the emotional "Feel Bad" factor of borrowing and makes sharing and re-use more practical in our society. Our mission is "To help people save money, make money, and save the environment by encouraging reuse and sharing through person-to-person renting." http://www.rentalic.com/about

by: Punsri Abeywickrema | Aug 26, 2010

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A better, bigger burn in fat and muscle (ABIFAM)

Obesity is alarmingly prevalent in developed and developing countries, putting countless people at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death. Clinical trials show consistently that diet and exercise induce weight loss temporarily and that the weight is regained within two years. We need an assist. Recently, we discovered a potential drug to treat obesity. It works by increasing the ability of muscle and fat tissues to burn energy (patent pending). Investment in research and development can, within a decade, convert this potential therapy into what so many people have been looking for: an effective way to lose weight.

by: Jonathan R. Brestoff | Aug 9, 2010

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Would you eat off a toilet seat?

As a pre-school art teacher, I know school cleanliness standards and would never ask students to eat off a changing table. When my husband was hospitalized, I found out the standards were not the same in hospitals. Everyday in hospitals and nursing homes, patients do this. The handy bedside hospital tray table is used for food service, prep space for incontinent bedding changes and prep space for wound dressing materials. In this painting, I am trying to spread awareness of this "unmentionable" problem. I hope by doing this we can increase patient safety outcomes in our most compromised patients.

by: Regina Holliday | Aug 22, 2010

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Opal Guide to StayingAsSaneAsPossible

As disorder naturally increases with competition for resources and living depends more on adaptability, Opal's Guide to Staying-As-Sane-As-Possible saves precious energy in deciding where-to-go-next. This information process allows individuals, families, communities, nations and cultures to refocus attention more efficiently from sickening fears to healthier "feelgoods" by matching a different scale of natures to a sense of personal pleasure so that greater potential can return. A range of regularly reviewed media outlets would make possible the "owning" of a generic world-view, based on the most accurate information available. Personalized props like totem jewelery, paraphernalia etc. would serve as reminders.

by: Opal Ocean | Aug 16, 2010

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The Cuboid Footwear Sole

Conventional shoe construction neglects several important foot movements, especially transverse arch expansion and toe spread. When in step, the transverse (or metatarsal) arch expands to aid balance while simultaneously spreading the toes for added gripping surface. (This concept can be best displayed by looking at the identical movement in the metatarsals of the hand.) These subtle movements are hindered by conventional footwear, and can lead to chronic pain and weakness. The Cuboid concept is a sole design which bends at the transverse arch while simultaneously flexing the toe bed to be wider, mimicking the foot's natural movements.

by: Jerod Hugghins | Aug 6, 2010

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