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A Better Big Brother

I imagine a world where individuals and health professionals are connected via ubiquitous wireless sensor networks. No longer will we have to trust a patient to act solely on the advice of their physician or wait to communicate in person. Instead we will provide them the tools to take their health into their own hands. All the while, facilitating an open link between the behavior and biological functioning of a patient and their medical professional. This will revolutionize all stages of the health care system from prevention to treatment to diagnosis and long-term care.

by: Ernesto Ramirez | Aug 20, 2010

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CatchMe

Mobile location-based social networking fitness game. Earn points and rewards by visiting locations and trying activities, for example running past specific locations and visiting new locations to try sports like rafting. Share your experiences with your network and meet new people at the sports locations you visit. Earn points for trying new activities and maintaining consistent exercise patterns, for example swimming every week. Awards are given within your network, for example Daredevil of the Month. Fitness becomes a fun and social game. The game could be expanded to form teams which compete against other teams across the globe.

by: Louise Auger and Rachel Jones | Aug 19, 2010

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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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Emotional & Economic Freedom for Women in Africa.

Women in developing countries often use banana leaves instead of sanitary pads. In Kenya, 300,000 girls miss up to 5 days of school a month because they are too embarrassed or uncomfortable to attend. Western brands are too expensive and an environmental disaster as they are not biodegradable. Makapads, invented by Professor Moses Musaazi of Makerere Univesity Uganda, are made from locally sourced sustainable papyrus and recycled paper by communities of women they serve. They are biodegradable and cost 70% less than western brands. Makapads provided emotional and economic freedom for the women and support environmental sustainability.

by: Clive Pinder | Aug 18, 2010

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Play It! Say It! Can gaming support mental health?

PLAY IT! SAY IT! is simple - we propose to use the existing communication functionalities of video game consoles (voice chat and messaging) to provide phone and online counselling to the people who use them. The online video game community is larger than the population of Canada, and at least one 1 in 5 people playing have a mental health condition. Beyond the existing benefits of online and phone counselling, consoles offer universal access points to ensure coverage, and the opportunity to develop rapport while playing simple games to support the sharing of concerns. We value quality of life.

by: Elizabeth Ure, Andrew Shaw & Adam Bass | Aug 18, 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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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

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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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Treatment of Neurological Diseases with Electromagnetic Controlled Neuronal Firing.

We are in the phase of reverse engineering the brain's wiring and we will soon be able to treat neurological diseases with specific neuronal network control. Despite the progress of Deep Brain Stimulation and Optogenetics we need a non invasive method of controlling neurons. I propose the creation of an engineered membrane protein that will respond to electromagnetic waves and will stimulate or inhibit neurons. This protein will be delivered with genetic vectors to the brain. We will able to treat Parkinson's, epilepsy and other neurological disorders with this minimal invasive method without the need of drugs or surgery.

by: Louizos Alexander Louizos | Aug 13, 2010

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AED4.eu

Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen has built an emergency Augmented Reality display that allows you to look through your mobile phone's camera view and locate the nearest automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) located in a public place. It's the first independent database of AEDs in the world operated by an Academic Hospital. Data is collected by crowdsourcing and validated on-site by The Dutch Red Cross. Besides augmented reality also iPhone, Android and iPad apps are provided free. Focus is now netherlands, soon broadened to Europe and then Global. Also as an academic hospital research is part of it of course. Coverage, usage, outcome etc.

by: Lucien Engelen | Aug 12, 2010

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