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Inter Connected Sports

Imagine a system of gyms (with stat-tracking equipment and facilities), sport leagues (with tracking and recording), and social networking (based around health and exercise) that could encourage kids to exercise more and eat healthier though virtual and physical incentives. With the help of friendly peer pressure, accountability, online gaming, and rewards, we could renew the interest in sports that has fallen wayside to video games and online activity. Each child gets an online account, which is advanced through physical activity. The only way to level up is to go out and play!

by: Timothy Hicks | Aug 10, 2010

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The Recovery Project

The Recovery Project would organize people's personal narratives of recovery so that they can be best learned from by others. By letting patients see what others have done and by creating high-level meta-narratives, patients can see the decision trees that others have used, saving time in creating their own from scratch. Sharing and reading similar narratives provides an affective component to possibilities for personal health -- critical when conditions require changes of habit. And experts and practitioners will be able to contribute their stories of helping patients recover, integrating various medical professions' perspectives, instead of creating a divide.

by: Michael Nagle | Aug 2, 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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Daidzein - health from kudzu

Kudzu, the fast-growing weed known as "the vine that ate the South", contains daidzein, an isoflavone compound used in traditional Chinese medicine. Daidzein is an antioxidant and may have anticancer properties. My idea is to produce daidzein from kudzu using a simplified apparatus shown in the accompanying diagram. Ground kudzu is placed into an extractor (1), saturated with alcohol for 24 hours. The extract is pumped through a silica filter (2) into a vacuum chamber (3) where the alcohol is removed and recycled. The product is daidzein in powdered form to be marketed in bulk.

by: Michael Flora | Aug 24, 2010

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Non-Wearable Fall Protector

Falls are frequent cause of injuries and broken bones in the elderly. Development of reliable and safe fall-protection systems can help people stay healthy and live longer. The main reason of prior failures is that fall-protection techniques required people to wear either bulky padded garments, or complex inflatable garments. Instead, external sensors of the proposed system will monitor people in their environment and cause external inflator units activate protective air bags. Inflators will be positioned either around the periphery of Rumbať-like robots, along walls, or even under carpets. Fall sensors will be based on recently developed 3D imaging cameras.

by: Michael Feygin | Jul 29, 2010

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Diabetes Tribe: The self-responsible management team

Diabetics online help each other with daily challenges already. But what if they had incentives to work as a team to keep their collective health "score" strong? An online game or community would help people help themselves in an entertaining way. It could also help people train each other in solving key diabetic living problems -- or using technologies like the pump. As I envision it, the group would only "level up" if average scores were improving. Community leaders who contributed the most to others would get higher individual scores. The group would also include "guides" with clinical training.

by: Anne Zieger | Jul 19, 2010

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Forging the Brain using Electro Stimulation

The brain can be forged with low level analog ElectroStimulation equipment with 10V DC current to stimulate the motor cortex without invasive techniques (from outside) 1. It helps to sub-consciously improve learning, improving motor performance 2. Artificial stimulation of the brain is harmless and micro volts of current is applied to improve motor reflexes The BrainForge unit & small electrodes are attached to a crash helmet operated with a remote / iPhone. This will improve performance by 10-20% and will be great for Pilot training & flight simulation / sharp shooting / Performing a complicated surgery / Motor racing...

by: Raj Tilak Indrajit Jagannathan | Jul 23, 2010

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Neighborhood Level Grey Water Recycling

Strategic placement of simple grey water collectors - along existing sanitary sewer junctions - to manage waste water and return a safe, non-potable water source for irrigation. This could be a pond with sand filters or a filter tank. Where usage and contribution is unequal - a digital meter system could provide credits. Solid waste would be returned as sludge to waste treatment or used for biogas generators for street lights. This would shorten the water cycle, limit demand on community water treatment facilities, and reduce demand for drinking quality water. Additional collectors could be placed to include storm water runoff.

by: Lissa Probus | Jul 31, 2010

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All-in-One Health Data Reflection

Health habits are like clouds and your health data pours like rain. Unfortunately, self-tracking tools only capture some data. To find health opportunities, You must check each tool. But what if there is a way for you to analyze all your health data together? What will you discover? Imagine a tool for All-in-One Health Data Reflection. The tool will help you explore details of your health habits, compare between health factors, and identify cause and effect. With the tool, you will improve your awareness, make better health choices, and change to a healthier lifestyle. Visit the site at http://ianli.com/pi/allinone/

by: Ian Li | Jul 23, 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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