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The Future of Running

Internet connected smart shoes paired with augmented reality glasses to provide a more fulfilling and fun running experience. By adding these features, people will be more compelled to exercise and improve their health. They will also be able to track their improvements in real time, adding constructive feedback to the less motivated. If I had this, I would certainly run more; and I think you would too...

by: Tim Hicks | Aug 6, 2010

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Snot Spots!

Immediate reagent tests for antibiotic resistance in any infection, required to be used on site, at prescription. Ever had a real sinus infection and gone through five rounds of antibiotics to clear it? The common practice is to prescribe the most common (least effective) drug first, and work up in Russian roulette style trial and error. The development of a simple swipe pad that looked for resistance markers would greatly reduce the use of the WRONG drugs, while lowering the spread of disease by treating effectively the First Time. Fewer sick days, fewer broad spectrum exposures, better cures!

by: Lissa Probus | Aug 10, 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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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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Thrive Portion Ware

Thrive portion control ware's cups and plates help steer people to eat 20% less per meal. It works subtly and subconsciously to enable people to eat and drink less. Plate will tip if user places food in the red zone. Control words are on back of plate so users will see "restraint" or "will power" every time they pick one up from a dish rack or cupboard. Cup is quartered off as well, so users drink 20% less no matter what the beverage is. People can consciously consume less. Thrive Portion Ware enables people to do just that.

by: Sally N. | Jul 27, 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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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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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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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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Condom for Africa

In Africa, many believe in the traditional power of juju amulets (bracelets, often made of elephant hair), to protect them from HIV / AIDS. There can also be a low estimation of the effectiveness of condoms. A condom developed in consultation with traditional healers could incorporate features of the amulet, such as a spell & a sliver of elephant hair (or alternative?) molded into the base ring. Such a culturally adapted product could prove more effective.

by: Raymond stockill | Jun 25, 2010

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