The problem: public water fountains are used less because many people buy bottled water under the impression that it is better, when in fact bottled water often comes from the same source as tap water. The difference is, bottled water has lower safety standards, is harmful to the environment, and costs up to 1,900 more per liter. What if drinking from water fountains was fun and educational?
In using fun to make people help each other, we asked the question, can we get people to hold a door open for other people?
With "The People Counter", motion sensors and sound will be used to get people to continue holding the door open for others. Once another person walks through the door, sensors will react and cause audio to play. The audio will give the person holding the door a simple reminder to help others, in a fun and new way
Submitted by Lorenzo Calvani
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 problem that a lot of people do not do is recycling. Right now we really need to help the environment. So we have come up with a really fun way to get a lot more people to recycle a lot more. We are doing this because we are very concerned about the environment. Our solution (or theory) is to get people to recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and bottle caps. We want to make it as fun as possible so that way we can get a lot more people enthusiastic about recycling and how it can be really fun. Here is what we plan to do.
The negative mood of the great majority of people that can result on further violence or isolation. To make people realize that they have enough reasons to be happy, they just need a detonator to speak out and share them.
These days all the people is seeking to be famous, to be broadcasted, express themselves; this “Happy Booth”, located in any public space, is a nice way to do this.
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.
What if giving money for a good cause was made fun? We propose the ‘Giving Made Fun’ campaign. We propose using parking meters and placing them in busy walking streets. The parking meter will have a sign on it saying ‘Giving Made Fun – funds raised will support Charity XYZ.’ The parking meters will be retrofitted in order to take coins as well as notes. When someone inserts a coin and twists the dial, the parking meter will start playing funky disco music, simultaneously performers will start dancing to the beat.
The behavior I would like to change is spending too much time in the shower. The solution would be a smart shower system that initiates the 'shower routine" when you turn on the water. It indicates what part of the body to wash similar to a gym program. You can choose from various voices and style to fit your perfect trainer image. When you complete to current "exercise" you say "done" and the coach moves to the next one. You get a score depending on the water volume used, and a round of applause each time your get a big score! Submitted by Irina Dumitrascu
Essentially a kids’ playground roundabout, with a large Archimedes screw within. A mixture of a mincer and the idea behind the African water pump concept. Using the energy of turning the roundabout (geared down if necessary) the lightweight, highly compressible materials are packed ever more tightly. Possible enhancements could include a facility to extract the end result in bales, thus enabling a never-ending constant feed process.
Submitted by Peter M
Problem tackled: Reducing the cigarette litter in front of public places.
Solution: Make it fun to stub out a cigarette in an ashtray. On the tray is mounted a video screen equiped with some kind of heat sensing. The cigarette butt is used on the screen as a paint brush. The color of the "trait" depends on the heat sensed. The color degrades in time creating a dynamic painting that evolves continuously.
Submitted by Nils Oj
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.
The problem is that people are always going up the escalator and not the stairs. How can we make them change? We can make the Billy Jean stair case. The Billy Jean stair case is a set of stairs that lights up around your foot when you step on it. The Billy Jean stair case should make people stop useing the escalator because it is fun to do.
Submitted by McLean Masuch.
Every time you reuse this bottle (each time it is filled up again) a dimention of the art changes and the image gets more complex. The first time you use the bottle, a square appears, second time is 2 squares, each acting as individual pixles. It becomes less abstract each time it is used. This will encourage people to keep the same bottle for years just to see the imege change and grow into a piece of art. Reduce, reuse. Submitted by Jenna Meath.
I remember myself strugling to learn things that I found terribly uninteresting at the time. 15 years later and the same thing happens to the new students. I have a solution for this. Just transform the chapter of your book into a comic right after the lecture! If the teacher is good in drawing can he/she draws the comic on the whiteboard! The students will be delighted to learn history or any other subject that way, is there any greater plot than real history? They can add colours in special events or make a whole book of comics! Anything is possible when you have fun!
Problem tackled: reducing the cigarette litter in front of public places. Solution: inspired from a game played with 3 paper cups and a ball in which the dealer hides the ball under one of the cup and then swaps the cups, and the player has to guess where the ball is. The device is an ashtray with 3 holes and 3 diodes. The diodes light on alternatively along random sequences of 2 or 3 seconds. By the end of the sequence the player has to stub out his cigarette in the hole whose diode lighted on last. Heat sensors in the three holes allow to determine whether the player wins.
Our entry is a sweets vending machine that teaches social responsibility. It gives you the choice of how much you pay. The amount you pay doesn't affect the amount of sweets you get, but the amount of sweets the next people will get. The change is small but cumulative. If people are selfish and pay less money, at the end of the day the machine will be dispensing a very small amount of sweets. If people work for the greater good, at the end of the day they'll be getting lots of sweets for their money. Inskickad av Euan Mils.
To conscience is the most effective way to changing every day customs. Small and repetitive gestures of daily life are the ones that have more impact. So the key is to reeducate habits and change people´s behaviours.
The idea is to put a counter or scorer on the tap water , basin and shower, sink.. to show you the amount of water you use and if it possible to use less obtainig the same result. To put a comparative of the litres you have used with a shocking data of what could have been done with the wasted water.
There's nothing better than fun pedestrian crossing!
The new pedestrian crossing light up when the traffic lights go red.
That would benefit both, pedestrians and drivers:
1. the drivers would notice that the traffic light went red when he saw the lines of light lighting up (the lines would only light up when the pedestrian could cross the street)
2. the pedestrians would know when they could cross the street (when the lines light up) and will be encouraged to cross over the pedestrian crossing (the right place to cross the street)
Very often it happens that you are away from home and just when you have to make an important call, your cell phone is discharge. The pedaling battery charger is a sort of phone booth that allows you to recharge every type of phone. Inside you can find several attacks and certainly there will also be your among them. The pedaling battery charge looks like a bicycle: by speed and force with which you pedal you recharge more or less quickly your phone.