Ideas of the week 25th-Nov-2011

This week’s post for the Ideas of the week featuring ideas that might change our world.

 

 

1. Chevrolet Speedometer Design – a design evolution over the last hundred years
Design+Usability+Experience

Speedometers are those kind of items you look at thousands of times during your life, without ever really noticing. You notice the speed, not the meter. And if you do notice the meter chances are you don’t realize someone actually designed it. The company probably even did some research beforehand. Research regarding the readability of typefaces, the right size of the numbers and the space between them. More

 

 

2. After Trying To “Kill Math,” An Ex-Apple Designer Aims To Kill Reading
Design+HCI

Bret Victor thinks that text itself should be as interactive as graphics or apps. And he’s built an open-source Javascript library to help the idea catch on. More

 

 

 

 

3.  Condition ONE iPad App Makes War Reporting Visceral, Terrifying
Augmented Reality+App+News+War

The main feature of Condition ONE is its augmented-reality-esque interaction design. Instead of watching documentaries in a tiny, static video window, Condition ONE plays back full-screen video that you can literally pan and tilt around in by moving the iPad around in physical space. More

 

 

4.  Mercedes: Blur
Marketing+Idea

A brilliant marketing strategy used by Mercedes to launch its new Mercedes-Benz 2012 C-Class Coupe. More

 

 

 

5. Computerised contact lens will keep you up to date with news and texts
Augmented Reality+Tech Innovation

Until now, the concept of info-vision had belonged to the realms of science fiction. However, scientists have developed a prototype lens that could one day provide all kinds of hands-free information. More

 

 

 

6. Aparna Rao: High-tech art (with a sense of humor)
Art+Technology+Humor

TED Talks Artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao re-imagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways. With her collaborator Soren Pors, Rao creates high-tech art installations — a typewriter that sends emails, a camera that tracks you through the room only to make you invisible on screen. More

 

 

 

 

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Meanwhile the idea of the week at our Garage Sale

WhizPhone

A product that helps you manage all your incoming calls – receive, reject or send calls to voicemail – depending on the time of the day or the person calling you. More

 

 

 

 

This week’s post compiled by Nitish Sharma

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Ideas of the week 18th-Nov-2011

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1. The classic arcade game- Asteriod gets a modern spin
Technology+Innovation

Asteroids, has now been given a futuristic make-over by eye-tracking and eye control specialist Tobii. Built as a free-standing arcade game, EyeAsteroids players use only their eyes to aim and fire a laser at flying rocks and save the world from impending pulverization More

 

 

2. The learner’s shoes
Learning+Technology

Studies in learning patterns show that even children are quite comfortable exploring different pathways  if they are provided with the right resources to do so. The ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiment was one of the earliest to catalogue self learning in young children using free technology resources. The journey from there to the iPad used by very young children to explore learning in an environment has been varied and interesting. More

 

 

3. Enter the world of Nat Geo
Augmented Reality+Innovation+Technology

Appshaker recently launched a unique way for people to interact with the amazing world of National Geographic Channel’s content from around the globe.People could immerse themselves in different scenes such as dolphins, leopards, space landings, dinosaurs and other amazing things. More

 

 

4. Eye-tracking computer interface for the disabled
Technology+Innovation

The Eyeboard system is a low-tech eyeball-tracking device that allows users with motor disabilities to enter text into a computer using eye gestures instead of a physical interface. More

 

 

 

5. Providing products and services for the so-called bottom of the pyramid
Innovation+Mobile Technology

Movirtu is a for-profit social enterprise that provides innovative mobile technology and business models for wireless telecommunication service providers in rural poor communities in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. It enables shared access to basic mobile-phone services for people earning less than $2 a day. More

 

 

6. A visualization of tweets that happened on 11.11.11
Innovation+Design+Technology

This clip is a visualization of all the Tweets mentioning 11:11 on 11.11.11. Each “1” is a location that moves with the conversation on Twitter. Their scale varies depending on the volume of Tweets posted from the location they represent. You can see the main wave move from right to left, and then a second one that occurred at 11 p.m. around the world. More

 

 

7. Benetton’s  ‘unhate’ campaign
In The News

The Italian clothes company launched a campaign called ‘Unhate’ in which leaders from opposite sides of the political and religious divide appear to exchange kisses.In a moment of darkness, with the financial crisis, what’s going on in North African countries, in Athens, this is an attitude that can have positive energy.More

 

 

 

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Meanwhile the small idea at our Garage Sale

Product Selection Guide

A step-by-step product configurator that finds and suggests products based on the need specified by the user. More

 

 

 

 

This week’s post compiled by Karan Guglani

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New Year’s Greetings

It’s a tradition here at Ideafarms to wish our loved ones with a New Year’s greeting every year. These greetings are usually based around a theme and we incorporate a good mix of our design and technology skills to make it as interactive and fun as possible.

Here we have compiled some of the greetings we made in the past years.

1. 2011 – Ideas behind Inventions

A fun animated greeting card exploring the idea of how some of the great inventions took place.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuZGWSyWVNk

2. 2010- Heal the World

[wptabcontent]2009 was an impactful year. The year that the world was deprived of one of it’s greatest legends – Michael Jackson. The same year the UN Climate Change Conference – Hopenhagen took place. Our greeting was a tribute to Michael Jackson and the message he left us with – Heal The World …

3. 2009:  9-the magical number
The magic number 9 was the core element in this interactive greeting to welcome in change for the new year – the year 2009.

 

4. 2008: Just take our WOR(d)K for IT ! 😉

5. 2007- Whose time is it anyway
A fun animated greeting. Notice the world clock? It shows your time as well as ours.

Do stay a while!

6. 2006-Think, Feel, Act …
[wptabcontent]2005 was a year that was wrecked by multiple calamities. Our greeting for the new year was urges people to think, feel and act in time and to usher in a hope for a safer and happier new year.

 

 

If you like what you see and would like us to make one for your organisation, drop us a line here. We would love to cook up something good for you too

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Ideas of the week 11th-Nov-2011

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1. A Gadget Draws Water from Air, Inspired By A Beetle
Science+Technology+Innovation

An example of biomimicry, Edward Linnacre’s Airdrop harvests moisture from “dry” air to water crops in arid regions. more

 

 

 

 

2. An ATM designed for illiterate users
Technology+Usability

India has developed an ATM that taps biometric technologies to make it suitable for use by illiterate and semi-illiterate populations. more

 

 

 

 

3. Gamification In Play At Enterprise 2.0
Game+Idea+Innovation

Gamification is the application of game-like techniques for user engagement to applications that need not be games per se. more

 

 

 

 

4. Solar Powered Battery Charger Tweets Your Energy Savings
Mobile+Innovation+Technology

The Changers Solar Starter Kit captures solar energy that can be used to charge various tablets and smartphone. more

 

 

 

 

5. Mobile app that could change the way you book taxis forever
Mobile App+Usability+Idea

Now it is always possible to find taxi without flailing your arms on street corners for 10 minutes or booking one an hour in advance. more

 

 

 

 

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