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The Drymonica

2009-12-07 14:59 - 0 Comments

Lets encourage people to use dryers instead of paper towels in public bathrooms. Lets add a little harmonica that sounds with the dryer's air and that people can move from side to side. Lets dry dry our hands, have fun and save some trees, all at the same time! Submitted by Lorena Stuani.

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The Questionable Bus Stop

2009-12-16 16:53 - 0 Comments

The idea is to make the boring task of waiting for the bus more enjoyable On the side wall of the bus stop there is an interactive touch screen. The screen broadcasts Trivia questions from a large questions bank. The idea is that the entire crowd within the bus stop can participate and shout answers, and finally select (by touching) the right answer to their knowledge. This is a fun and bonding experience for everyone in the bus stop, and most importantly it passes the time and makes people forget their busy schedule, at least until the bus arrives.

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Garbage Jukebox

2009-11-27 15:49 - 0 Comments

Can we keep the streets cleaner by making it fun to do? It’s common in both Portugal and Spain to have street parties on warm weekend nights. The problem though is the rubbish these parties make. The solution here is to make a juke box that isn’t powered by coins, but drinks cans and bottles. By cleaning up you can keep the party going.

Submitted by Francisco Morgado Véstia - Portugal

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Step-sequencer car park

2009-12-16 19:51 - 0 Comments

Many people prefers to get downtown by car and traffic raises the level of pollution.

How to convince people to park their car outside the urban belt and use the public transportation system to get downtown? And, focusing on the car park lot, is it possible to make the car parking more fun?

What about using cars instead pressing step sequencer buttons to create an high-scale step-sequencer with dynamic light and musical effects? This would bring drivers to say: "OK, there's a free lot there, let's park my car onto and see what happens."

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Fortunetelling Machine for Recycling Chopsticks

2009-12-15 23:11 - 0 Comments

Fortunetelling machine for chopsticks recycling. In many Asian countries usual habit is to use single use chopsticks which are thrown away after single use. Numbers indicate: Just in Japan about 90 000 tons of used chopsticks finish in rubbish. It is amount of 25 billons chopsticks which connected make three times distance from earth to moon. In China 25.000.000 trees are being cut just for production of chopsticks. China produces about 45 billions chopsticks per year. Chopsticks export to Japan is large as 4 billions cubic meters of wood.

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Funny footsteps

2009-12-16 16:45 - 0 Comments

People often walk on the track intended for bicycles, thus jeopardizing the safety of both them and bicycle riders.
Additionally people do not exercise enough. Walking and running are considered to be very healthy, but mostly people are bored to do so. The change of rhythm while doing these activities is extremely important.

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Math Test at the Zoo

2009-11-17 11:18 - 0 Comments

Having fun while writing a math test? It can happen! At The Country Day School in King, Ontario, Grade 9 students complete a scavenger hunt at The Toronto Zoo as part of their math evaluation. Each answer to a mathematical question leads the students, working in pairs, to another location at the zoo where they will find information required to answer the next question. Top three groups win a zoo souvenir.

Submitted by Renee Northrup, Mathematics Teacher, The Country Day School

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Ecologic Games

2009-10-27 15:16 - 0 Comments

Let ecological / fair trade marked goods etc in food stores be collected from the shelves / lowered from the ceiling to spark interest with sounds or labyrinth. That way we can make shopping for these environmentally friendly goods more fun!

Submitted by Madelene Hautamäki, Sweden

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Appie Doggie Bin

2009-11-17 11:51 - 0 Comments
Dog poo is a serious threat to mankind and the solution to solving the problem could be found within the dog. If we introduce a dog's doings-bin that offers the dog a cookie every time his owner drops the doings in it, the dog will learn very fast that he gets a cookie after he did what he had to do. He will pull his owner to the bin and wait for the cookie to come out. So the owner has to dispose his little bag in the bin in order to please the dog and continue the walk.
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Sustainable Robotic iLand

2009-12-15 20:08 - 0 Comments

Currently most sustainabile responses are focused on land where we can monitor the proposed changes, while the water which covers 70% of our Earth’s surface tends to be neglected. Since the phytoplankton growing within the oceans provides 50% of Earth’s photosynthesis, ocean vitality is paramount for all life. Already we have lost 30% and 14% of phytoplankton in the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans respectively since the 80s. Specifically, we must counteract the damaging effects of excess carbon dioxide and acidification from our polluting habits.

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Airport Rhythms

2009-11-19 17:08 - 0 Comments

In several of the hallways connecting terminals in airports, you can lay down strips of small "speed bumps" in a precise pattern. When rolling bags roll over these strips of small little bumps, the thudding of the wheels will make the rhythm that is written on the floor (i.e. tango, samba, salsa etc). Some of these strips will be "partner" rhythms, where it takes two or more people walking at the same pace to make the beat.
Submitted by Jonathan Harris

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Playing Moving

2009-12-15 21:01 - 0 Comments

Playing moving is moving because it's fun, not because you have to. Playing moving are tasks/activities you can preform during your daily routine. While being at home, outside or at work. The tasks are very simple and don't cost you a lot of extra time. For example: You need to post a letter, post your letter this time by bike instead of using the car and if you already do that, next time take a postbox which is a little further. Are you in a traffic jam, do some car exercise and so on.

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Snapshot crossing

2009-12-16 18:37 - 0 Comments

What could make waiting for green light at a road crossing more fun? This simple fix will appeal to people´s love of having their photograph taken. If you cross by red light nothing will happen. But if you wait until the little green man turns up you'll have your photo taken as you cross - just like when riding a roller coaster! The snapshots will be displayed on a big screen on a nearby house side - for you to enjoy fifteen seconds of fame!
Submitted by Jessica Olsson

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The LOL (laughing out loud) Poppet

2009-11-20 10:03 - 0 Comments

Are you angry? Are you shouting? Howling? The Laughing Out Loud (LOL) poppet will help you!

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No boring bus stop

2009-12-15 17:21 - 0 Comments

The Bus Stops are boring places, we intend, using less money as possible, to transform them into interactive and joyfully places. Every week a big crosswords table will be installed at the bus stop. The people that are waiting for the bus could play completing the crosswords, using a big pencil (to avoid people to steal it) connected to the bus stop with a little chain…
Submitted by Davide Leone

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Love Machine

2009-11-24 17:07 - 0 Comments

What’s funny about buying at the authomatic machines? Absolutely nothing, and if we’re talking about buying condoms it could become even embarassing.
What if the authomatic machine becomes a win-only slot machine, which gives you a funny forecast of the use of the winning?

We think that kind of object can change the way of thinking about the condoms subject and will remind the importance of having safe sex.

Submitted by Lorenzo Pigozzo

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Low Speed Control

2009-12-16 15:59 - 0 Comments

What is the matter? We would like people to respect driving speed limits. But how? By reverting the concept: let’s reward the people who drive below the speed limit. Two ways for rewarding. After a radar control: 1) You get a chance to win a free car-wash (or so). 2) A special lightning effect occurs 50 meters behind the checkpoint, which allows you to see a monument or a building. (Or a fountain would pop out). Seb on behalf of the CI. Submitted by Sebastien Morant

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Rainbow Race Treadmill

2009-12-15 21:07 - 0 Comments

Rainbow Race Treadmill is a fun way to exercise. We took the concept of Nintendo Mario Kart and applied it to a treadmill. While running on the treadmill, the runner will focus on a screen in front of the treadmill that displays the rainbow race track in Mario Kart. Also, the treadmill itself has a rainbow pattern to imitate the idea that the runner is actually running on the rainbow race track. The runner can get bonuses while running, which creates an enjoyable running experience. The runner can go as fast or slow as she or he wants to accommodate all ages and exercise abilities.

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Fighting Germs with Fun

2009-12-15 18:44 - 0 Comments

One of the most common ways that illnesses such as flu are spread is through the germs on our hands. Hand sanitization is therefore a simple way to help prevent transmission of illness. Universities and restaurants in our area have installed hand sanitizers to help encourage hand cleaning, but few people actually use them. As a result, illnesses can rapidly spread across university campuses. We decided to apply the Fun Theory to this problem by testing whether we could get more people to sanitize their hands by making it fun.

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Energy Floor

2009-12-15 23:16 - 0 Comments

People usually don’t have the motivation to produce energy through itself. Therefore we can use senseless waiting time to produce electricity through the vibration on the interactive energy floor. Below grade, the produced energy is saved and transformed. So, for example, the won energy could be used for the street lighting. Submitted by Maria Siebert.

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