Ideas of the week 2-Dec-2011

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1. You can now have green feet, or shoes rather.
Biodegradable

Oat Shoes, a brand new Amsterdam-based initiative that’s combining shoe design and biodegradable materials. Once you’re done wearing the shoes (after a very long time, of course) you can bury them in the garden, in the compost heap or even plant something in them. More

 

 

2. Videoinfographic: The world of social media
Social Media

This video info-graphic shows all the latest facts & figures about various social media sites. More

 

 

 

3. Let this website pick your poison
Design + Web

Drinkify is a web app that purports to find the best drink to go along with the band or musician you’re listening to. Just enter the band name and let the app do the work; some names will yield strange ‘drinks’. More

 

 

 

4. For beer brand, A  website made up of chocolate
Design + Web

For the launch of Sagres Preta Chocolate  a stout beer with a chocolate flavor by Portugal’s number one beer brand Sagres-digital agency Grand Union created the first website made of chocolate. More

 

 

 

5. Philographics: Explaining philosophy through basic shapes.
Philosophy + Design

Designer Genis Carreras explores with remarkable visual eloquence in his Philographics project – a series of posters each capturing a single philosophical ideology through simple geometric shapes.More

 

 

 

6.  Recycling a bottle, flashmob style
Recycle

This interesting flash mob takes place in a food court emphasizing on recycling waste. More

 

 

 

 

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Meanwhile the idea of the week at our Garage Sale

Virtual Guide : Installation & Maintenance

A tool to help the on-field trainer collect the right training instructions for the day. More

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ideas of the week 25th-Nov-2011

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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

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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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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Meanwhile the small idea at our Garage Sale

Virtual Guide – Installation & Maintenance

A tool to help the on-field trainer collect the right training instructions for the day. More

 

 

 

 

 

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Ideas of the week 4th-Nov-2011

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1. The i-Pod’s inventor creates a self-learning thermostat
Innovation+Design+Better Living

The nest thermostat is a self-learning, self-programming thermostat which is gorgeous, intuitive, and more necessary than you think. More

 

 

 

2. Shoe for visually impaired
Innovation+Technology+Humanity

A shoe that helps visually impaired people walk around without any stick by alerting them about their environment. More

 

 

 

3. More Than Facebook: The Time Is Right For Social Business
Social Media

The era of social business is here and it is becoming clear just how transformative it will be. But many are still asking, “What does social business really mean?” More

 

 

 

4. Why You Won’t Hear About the Next Solar Tech Breakthrough
Innovation+Solar Energy+Technology

Climate Progress reports that the latest, greatest breakthrough has, in fact, already happened. It does have a cool name-the optical cavity furnace. More

 

 

 

5. The Future of Trash: 4 Ways Tech Is Improving Recycling Rates
Technology+Environment+Recycling

The world is now inhabited by 7 billion individuals, and as you can imagine, we produce a lot of trash but there are several ways to go about this improving recycling rates and reducing waste. More

 

 

 

6. Amazon ‘Flow’ App Brings Image-Recognition Purchasing to iPhones
Augmented Reality+Image recognition

Amazon has unveiled an augmented-reality iPhone app that allows users to find information about products around them.More

 

 

 

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Meanwhile the small idea at our Garage Sale

Build Your Own House

 

An app that gives you a feel of what your house will look like even while it’s being constructed! More

 

 

 

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Ideas of the week 28th-Oct-2011

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1. Recycling plastic is now possible
Recycle+ Environment+Mike Biddle

Mike Biddle has broken the loop and found a solution to recycle 80-90 % of plastic waste that is lying around and damaging the environment. More

 

 

 

2. Tiles that harvest energy from footsteps
Kinetic energy

Laurence Kembell-Cook, the director of Pavegen Systems has created Pavegen tiles – a low carbon solution that aims to bring kinetic energy from footsteps of pedestrians. More

 

 

 

3. Smartmirror using AR to display much more than just reflection
AR + Innovation+ Smartmirror

This Smart-Mirror uses Augmented Reality to present users with a wealth of information such as weather and news, social network feeds, streamed internet TV, personal health information and can even act as a personal coach.More

 

 

 

4. Self-steering tractor to make farmers lives a lot easier
Tractor+ Farmers+Technology

A team of researchers in Belgium have developed a robotic self-steering tractor that has a steering system which analyzes the terrain conditions and calculates the optimal speed and turning radius in real-time. More

 

 

5. How Social Digital your company is?
Social Business Index+ SocialDigital

A site called the Social Business Index uses an undisclosed algorithm to provide a real-time assessment and ranking of how social (or connected) a company is. More

 

 

 

6. California’s Government gears up for 21st century
Technology+iphone app+Government

San Francisco’s government is using technology to get more accessible to its people. They are saving lives with an iPhone app that gives anyone with CPR certification the option to be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac issue and need immediate help. More

 

 

7. Take This Lollipop… If You Dare
Facebook+Dare+Takethislollipop

It’s a site called Take This Lollipop, and in order to best experience it, I can’t tell you what it is. Just that it’s quite exclusive, and you’ll need a Facebook account to use it.

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s post compiled by : Karan Guglani

Ideas of the week 14th-Oct-2011

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1. An app that gives you recommendations on local places to visit based on photos
Travel+Mobile App

Biz Stone’s Trazzler gives recommendations on places to visit within driving distance based on a photo questionnaire, more

 

 

 

2. ‘Hangout Academy’ Brings Learning to Google+
Education+Social Networking

After the birth of Google+, educators began dreaming up ways it wouldchange the education space. College professors are using the “Hangout” video chat software to host office hours, students are collaborating in virtual study groups, and soon, curious folks who aren’t in school may be able to take classes on the social network. more

 

3. Your Photos As Stories: Tracks Goes After The ‘Experience Graph’ With New iOS App
Pictures+Memories

In May, a startup named Tracks debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC offering a photo sharing app that enables users to turn their images into stories. more

 

 

 

4. Why you should doodle
Creativity

Sunni Brown at TED talks about why you should doodle at workplace. more

 

 

 

5.Tech Innovations That Could Change the Developing World

Tech Innovation+Developing World

Across the developing world, new technologies are helping to distribute resources for education, connectivity and health far and wide. more

 

 

 

This week’s post compiled by Nitish Sharma

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