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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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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

14 people like this.


The Fecanator!

Create synthetic bacteria designed to live in the digestive system that converts cellulosic waste (e.g., dietary fiber) into glucose. These bacteria would a] allow us to survive on smaller portions of food and b] reduce human waste. The combination of a] and b] would increase the benefits of foreign food aid to impoverished nations while improving sanitary conditions. (Additional benefit: minimize the frequency of bowel complications in the elderly and other impacted [punny!] populations.) "Blueprints" to the bacteria (possibly multiple) would be released under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial license. (Image, per Creative Commons.)

by: Steven Edwards | Jul 14, 2010

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Pandemic Buster

Consider a mobile app that knows your location at any given time using the built-in GPS. When you encounter someone with flu-like symptoms, you just tap the appropriate symptom button. This submits a 72-hour geomarker for that observation to a central database. With widespread usage, such an app could warn you away from contagious people or potentially contaminated areas, help diagnose a new illness based on your symptoms and tracked exposures, generate an unprecedented volume of epidemiological data, greatly improve influenza tracking, and predict and avert pandemics. Widespread adoption is incentivized by the preventive benefits to participants.

by: Pietro Michelucci | Aug 22, 2010

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Beneficial Bacterial Infections to Boost Immunity

Imagine a future where your doctor infects you with bacteria - to make you healthier. Engineered bacteria will be programmed with genes encoding immunomodulating enzymes and regulating proteins to boost your immunity and protect you from illness. Infections can be tailored to your specific immune system and tested on your body's cells before administering it to you. It's like taking offense on your immune system instead of playing defense.

by: Alex Carmichael, IFTF | Jun 17, 2010

75 people like this.


Indoor Community Gardens

Transform one foreclosed or repossessed home per neighborhood into a sustainable, eco-friendly garden that's capable of producing enough healthy fruits and vegetables for 50+ households; hydroponics technology would enable year-round growth. Facilities would be powered by a combination of renewable energy sources (eg, geothermal, thin-film solar, piezoelectric) and designed to leverage passive techniques (eg, rainwater harvesting) to minimize maintenance costs and needs, with neighborhoods providing minimal upkeep. Diets from these gardens could curb childhood obesity and avoid cognitive deficits caused by low-cost foods. (The gardens would also help clean the air.) Image via Creative Commons.

by: Steven Edwards | Jul 18, 2010

55 people like this.


Powered By the Masses

Working out for community. My idea is this. You enter a gym where people are getting in better shape and at the same time pumping energy into city's electrical grid. Inside of every exercise machine we have a generator and whenever a person exercises, they give back the energy by spinning the generators. With new neodymium magnets and better generator designs we can achieve a significant energy inflow into the electrical grid. Make the gyms and people compete between each other as to who makes the most energy in a given month, reward accordingly.

by: Max Surguy | Aug 31, 2010

7 people like this.


Custom Kid's Health Magazines

Kids around the world could benefit from customized health and fitness magazines that address their specific needs. The magazines could include health and diet tips, as well as fun exercises, new skills and activities, and stories between kids. This would help boost creative thinking, problem solving, and self-esteem. It would also relieve stress, promote social skills, and educate about worldly issues. The habits children develop stay with them through their lives, so the magazine would work to create good habits for a better life.

by: Tim Hicks | Aug 16, 2010

87 people like this.



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Level Up!

If you work on the 20th floor of a building then taking the stairs, not the elevator, isn’t a practical proposition. But what if you were to walk the last 3 floors, or 2, or even 1, then that would be better than nothing. Combine this with a pass card that rewards those that do take the stairs and you get Level Up! It’s like a loyalty card for the day-to-day exercise you’re probably missing out on.

by: Jon Brown | Aug 10, 2010

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Crowdsourcing the Virtual Body

The human body is a system of complex interacting systems, each of which can be understood in terms of biochemistry, genetics, or molecular biology. Specialists have deep but fragmented knowledge. Generalists understand high-level interactions among systems but miss the nuances. Therefore, obtaining a complete simulation of human physiology will require many experts across disciplines to contribute working knowledge. An online collaborative modeling tool would make it easy for experts across the world to contribute knowledge. The resultant "virtual body" would allows us to simulate disease and test new treatments quickly and without putting humans at risk.

by: Pietro Michelucci | Aug 31, 2010

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