Vending machines usually dispense sugary liquid that isn't good for anyone. But those colourful plastic bottles are so much more appealing than water. To change people's behaviour, how about making a vending machine that dispenses water in tetra paks. To make it fun, the vending machine will have an interactive graffiti screen where people can use colours and finger strokes to design one side of their water pak. There could also be pre-loaded designs to choose from--or you can freestyle. The result is a customized water "bottle".
Every day, countless people keep their cars running during long red phases at traffic lights, thus producing harmful emission gases and wasting fuel.
A fun solution to this problem is the racing-style traffic lights: At the beginning of each red phase, they tell car drivers to turn off their engine and then to turn it on again before the next green phase – using racing-inspired voice commands (e.g. “Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines!”) and a typical motorsports light signal countdown.
In many countries people enters the bus form its front door, making it easier for the driver to identify if there's an elder person getting in. People don't always give away their seats to an elder. The idea here is that when the driver sees an elder he will activate the ELDER SHAKE! button, making all the seats to shake a little bit to let people know they should give away their seat(s) to an elder person.
Submitted by Raphael Santos
Fight children obesity by motivating the children to exercise and save energy. When the children watch TV they do no exercise at all plus the added calories from the junk food they are eating. The TV plugs in to a motion sensor, if the children is moving the TV stays on, when the children stops moving the TV goes off. This way the children exercises and makes it very hard to eat junk food, also they save energy because the TV turns off when no one is in the room.
Submitted by Sofia Sanchez Bocanegra.
Throwing spent batteries in the trash is harmful to our environment. There are some states in the US that even have rules to prevent their improper disposal. To promote the correct disposal of these batteries, a fun way would be to create a container that can answer a question, like a Magic 8 Ball. You put your battery and it is thrown to the container, being shaked and moved by its internal devices, so that at the end it falls into one of the possible answers. Submitted by Iris.
Idea: Rewarding Speed Limit Signs - Submitted by Kevin Richardson (USA).
Can we get more people to obey the speed limit by making it fun to do? The idea here is capture on camera the people who keep to the speed limit. They would have their photos taken and registration numbers recorded and entered into a lottery. Winners would recieve cash prizes and be notified by post. Better still, the winnig pot would come from the people who were caught speeding.
On average, one person uses 166 disposable plastic water bottles each year. The consumption of disposable plastic bottles places enormous strain on our environment and only 90% of these water bottles are recycled. Chemicals in disposable plastic bottles are also toxic to human health but many people are hesitant to use drinking fountains because they are uncertain of the water quality. However, in a number of countries across Europe and the US, there are more regulations governing the quality of tap water than bottled water.
Problem: in Romania a lot of people go to natural sites for picnic, with the entire family, but leave what's left on the spot instead of placing it in the garbage bins. So, the adults are too bored to care about the garbage. What about the kids?
The idea is to shape the garbage container in a way that attracts the kids: a cute colorful animal. This way, the curious little ones will ask about the big pink cute thing and the parents will explain it is for garbage, bringing it more into their attention.
Submitted by Irina Dumitrascu.
Hand washing – The Germ Killer. Current Problem: Not enough people wash their hands in public restrooms, or they merely use water and no soap.
Purpose: To create awareness of proper hand washing techniques while also alerting those around of the overwhelming issue of people not washing their hands—or merely drenching them in water. Solution: Create an interactive ‘motion sensor’ game that allows the general public to 1) wash their hands correctly and 2) compete with others that have also washed their hands in this facility.
Everyone wants the best parking spot. Typically, the best spot is closest to the destination (the mall, the park, the school, the gym). This simple idea rewards those drivers who park furthest from the destination. They get protection from sunlight, rain or snow, keeping their car cool and dry. What's more, they get energy from the extra exercise and fresh air they receive walking to their destination. This canopy would span the back parking spaces of the parking lot. It could be used for advertising space for either the destination or for major marketers.
Kids don't always wash their hands properly. A Musical Hand Wash featuring music, animal images and fun instructions is a great way to teach and to remind kids how to wash their hands properly. A musical welcome mat would start the step-by-step instructions for washing hands. A sink with an elephant for the faucet would be enticing and water would be released when a sensor detects hands under the trunk. Another sensor on the soap dispenser beside the sink would detect when soap has been released and music would play for 20 seconds.
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.
Hur får vi fler människor att motionera? Idén är att kombinera en vanlig stegmaskin med ett flipperspel. När du rör dina fötter upp och ner fungerar de som flipperspelets paddlar inuti maskinen. Träffa kulan, få poäng och ha kul!
Inskickat av Omar Sotomayor Noel - Peru
The idea is to incentivize the recycling of hazardous materials such as batteries, which too often end up in the regular garbage with other waste. The thought is to design special disposal containers with transparent sections, where electrical discharges appear as soon as a battery is thrown inside, creating an impression that the battery is being "disintegrated". The more visual example would not only show the individuals that batteries are not ordinary waste and should be treated differently, but also make the recycling process more exciting.
Submitted by Andrii Shekhirev.
Many drivers throw garbage in the streets. The “Joke Bag” can solve this problem. It’s a waste bin with a sensor that turns on every time a waste is inserted. Once turned on, a joke or a curiosity is told. It turns throwing garbage in the litter a fun behavior.
Submitted by Virgínia