Gum collector

2009-12-14 10:39 - 0 Comments

Turning something icky into something pretty. The Gum Collector is a fun way to dispose of chewed gum without making a mess. It is a user friendly device that will keep out footphaths clean and no more sticky surprises under your seat. Gum Collectors could be placed in schools, at bus stops, on the street, train stations and pretty much anywhere. Submitted by Yvette Messina.

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The Bicycle Bus

2009-11-24 12:21 - 0 Comments

People usually prefer to take the bus even for short distances even though one could easily walk instead. Therefor many people miss out on everyday exercise.

If you would create a bus that looks like every other bus but with peddles underneath every seat you would both get your everyday exercise and reduce the pollution of our environment.

Submitted by Dobromir Hristov

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Battery Beast

2009-12-16 09:15 - 0 Comments

Approximately 35 billion batteries are used throughout the world each year and despite efforts to encourage consumers to recycle rechargeable batteries, about 179,000 tons of battery waste ends up in US landfills alone. Because batteries in municipal landfills and trash incinerators can disperse significant amounts of heavy metals and other toxic substances into the air and water, battery waste prevention and recycling strategies are essential. Welcome the Battery Beast a friendly, battery-eating monster who makes safe battery disposal and recycling FUN.

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Spread Fun Not Germs

2009-12-15 21:34 - 0 Comments

In society today, there is a great deal of concern over the spread of germs and viruses. This “fear” is increased amongst people globally, by the widespread media attention & coverage of viruses such as H1N1.

On a daily basis, many people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom, or before consuming food. In airports, we have noticed that fewer people wash their hands after using the bathroom, than people who are using public bathrooms elsewhere. We believe that this occurs, because people are often in a rush when travelling.

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Battery devourer

2009-12-16 18:04 - 0 Comments

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.

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The AAASHTRAY

2009-12-15 16:06 - 0 Comments

A humouristic and ‘sadic’ way to stop people from throwing cigarette butts on the street.
Wouldn’t it be fun if you could just burn them out on a ‘screaming hand’?
Both on human statues (provided with special fireproof hands) and hand-shaped bins, in the most strategic locations, as well as at gas stations.
Submitted by Luisa Cartei

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Human Energy Xmas Tree

2009-12-16 20:03 - 0 Comments

Three exercise bikes are standing side by side on a square somewhere.
Each is connected to the lights in a big Xmas tree.
Only by cycling at a certain pace the lights will burn.
Human energy creates electricity.
Will the crowd combine forces to keep the Xmas atmosphere?
A fun and healthy experience during cold christmas shopping

Subbmited by Erik de Heij

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The Slot Machine

2009-12-16 15:35 - 0 Comments

We understood that the concept of fun theory has been created to change trough fun wrong behaviours of the citizens. Since there, we tried to find “wrong behaviours” around us. In fact in Lisbon, our city, you will find two places very dirty: Bairro alto and Santos. They are party places; you can find there plenty of bars and a lot of people, mostly on weekends. Also in those places you don’t find a lot of garbage, that’s why the floor is full of glasses, empty bottles and smoked cigarettes. Nowadays no one does the effort to reach garbage. We decided to change that precise behaviour.

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Modern Times for Batteries

2009-12-15 23:42 - 0 Comments

Most batteries become highly hazardous at the end of their useful life.
Therefore it is necessary to collect them for appropriate disposal or recycling.
The idea is to make an eye-catching mechanism (similar to the one in Charlie Chaplins movie ‘Modern Times’) that is activated through batteries. Every inserted battery makes the mechanism turn for several seconds. The more batteries are inserted, the longer the machine is working. Submitted by Bernhard Neuwirth and Alina Avscharova

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Friendly bin

2009-12-16 18:24 - 0 Comments

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.

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Change the lights

2009-12-16 11:48 - 0 Comments

A fun game to play at the traffic lights. You have to get to 20 points by pushing the right buttons in the right order. You can play against the clock or versus an opponent on the other side of the street. When you get enough points to win, the lights change to green so you can cross.
Submitted by Matthew Venn

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The Subway Game

2009-12-15 22:44 - 0 Comments

This game makes commuting and waiting for trains a fun and stimulating experience. Three huge numbers are painted or pasted on the subway platforms, however not on one surface but several different ones on many levels of depth. The objective of the game is to find the viewpoint from where the color fields makes out a number. Should you stand at the wrong place the fields are incomprehensible. Once you've found the viewpoint where the number is visible you can find a plaque on the floor or closest wall with two small numbers.

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Diet elevator

Diet elevator

2009-12-09 14:57 - 0 Comments

I have identified a problem in buildings which have a reduced number of floors and an elevator. People choose to use the elevator instead of climbing the stairs, which can often be faster and better for physical fitness, but can also mean economy of electricity. In order to change this kind of behavior, we will implement the diet elevator.This elevator contains a weighting machine in the floor. Elevators anyhow have pressure sensor but this will be more precise and will give the exact weight of the person from the elevator, by using an electronic screen placed on the elevator’s wall.

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Fortvna Foam

2009-12-16 20:55 - 0 Comments

The concept for our project is simple, we want to make washing your hands fun by making it useful as well. Since its invention in 1946, the Magic Eight Ball has become a common household item which has helped thousands of different people make decisions about innumerable subjects, and which has held the fate of many events, some of which we dare not speculate. Ah, to be indecisive, and have a magic device to give you the answers to your questions.

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Stop-Show: The Stop Sign Light Show

2009-11-30 16:57 - 0 Comments

Too many of us don't come to a complete stop at stop-signed intersections. You do it. I do it. But what if there was some visual feedback to encourage people to come to a complete stop? I propose 'Stop-Show', a system which used electronics to detect a full stop and then rewards the driver with a fun light show on the stop sign. The 'light show' would serve two key purposes... (1) Indicating / confirming that a full stop has been achieved, and (2) providing the driver with a little bit of entertainment, encouraging them to be a little more consistent with their safe-driving practices.

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Art for your sole

2009-12-03 11:26 - 0 Comments

It's art you can walk on! It would be like going to an art gallery with sunshine, bird song and in comfortable sneakers! I am proposing this installation as a means to get people active. It would manifest itself in the form of a locked glass-top box embedded into the ground with artwork inside. These could be fitted on popular and even obscure walking trails in and around the city that draw people back to walk them again and again to see what’s new.

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Snorisar

2009-12-16 13:11 - 0 Comments

Many children dislike their medication and parents have trouble getting their children to take it. The story about "Snorisarna" help the parents build up a safe environment around the medication.
Submitted by Carl Svahnström

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Madame La RE:lotine

2009-12-03 12:09 - 0 Comments

A guillotine, if one designed to crush rather than cut. The weight of the crusher will need to be pretty significant, so the motive force to elevate it is a geared ratchet (cool sound) powered by pedaling a bicycle. One at the drop point, a can (or collection) is placed underneath to be flattened. Once so squished, a trapdoor can be activated to drop them into the receptacle below.

Submitted by Peter M

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Traffic tetris

2009-12-15 20:38 - 0 Comments

There are motorists who try to be in the fast lane in spite of knowing that they would need to change lanes in a short distance

1) The stretch just before a junction is treated as a point for motorist to correct their lanes. This leads to confusion, traffic jams and accidents.

2) If which car is headed in what direction is known in advance then it would be easier to control traffic

3) Traffic Tetris makes this possible in a fun way.

To participate, every motorist needs to define his destination and the route he’d take. Vehicles heading in the same direction are given one color.

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Polite Light

2009-11-24 16:10 - 0 Comments

People often leave their offices at the end of the day and forget the lights on. This is bad for the company and for the environment. Think about it: if a person works from 8am to 6pm, the lights should be on for only 10 hours, but if they forget to turn it off, it's on for 24 hours, more than twice the necessary. So, can we solve that problem by making turning off the lights fun? My idea is to have a "polite light" that thanks the person every time he/she turns it off. We could use different voices and different languages to say thank you, found in movies or music.

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