The idea behind this entry is to provide a simple game that elicits proper hand washing hygiene and at the same time keeps the user entertained. A user could be attracted to the screen and the game starts as soon as they step on the mat. They start playing a simple arcade game as soon as they start washing their hands that can be testing their reaction times or have them controlling a flying car through a maze. This game lasts at least as long as doctors recommend hand washes should last. Finally, high scores of the day are displayed. Submitted by Santiago Padilla
BAD BEHAVIOR: Adults or children who leave their clothes lying around the floor or bathroom. HOW TO CHANGE THE BEHAVIOR IN A FUN AND ENTERTAINING WAY: Design and place a device on top of the clothes basket. This device will register clothing as it goes through the "hoop" similar to basketball. The more clothing that goes into the hoop the more points a family member receives. A biometric reader could be installed to recoginize the particular family member using the device and an electric eye could be used to score more points based on the distance of the shooter.
In time for Copenhagen, CO2 Emissions and Global Warming are flamboyant topics of our century and will, sooner or later, demand our commitment. While it is difficult to reach global agreements of a big scale, it is easy to contribute individually by changing our behavior - and act as role models and messengers to policy makers. Street traffic accounts for around 20% of global CO2 emissions. Yet, a significant share of these emissions is generated while not moving at all, e.g. in front of red lights or traffic jams. In other words, it is completely wasted.
Freecycling is a fantastic way to pay it forward and to keep unused clothes from becoming landfill. The Karma Kalculator makes donating used clothes fun. It dispenses a fortune cookie style fortune to "predict" the good that will coming to them for the good that they have done.
People do not like to do exercise and are lazy, but now the green car exists! It works by having pedals inside the green car and you just start pedaling and it produces no pollution and produces electricity. And it is fun at the same time.
Submitted by Ana Karen Borquez
So what's the most boring thing kids have to do everyday? Going to school. They just won't get out of bed or wash up or get dressed or get on that bus. So...what if we made the ride to school really really fun and something kids look forward to everyday. The idea is to transform school buses into boats, helicopters, spaceships etc. Do all sorts of fun things inside - like water-bed seats, video games and music, painting etc. There maybe around 8-10 buses in every school, so the buses can be changed everyday for every lot of kids.
An Openworld "Game of Your Dreams" aims to engage players around the world in virtually defining what they see as workable ideals - projects to develop exemplary areas where self-funding innovations in learning, health, water, food, and the environment can be introduced.
No one likes it when they go to a public restroom only to find that the last person there seemingly was unable to focus on what they are doing. This careless behavior results in an unsanitary environment, additional sanitation worker costs and more people carelessly abusing the restrooms. So how do we change this behavior in a fun way? In this fun theory we propose directing the patrons’ attention toward where they should be aiming while also showing them something they can be proud of (Percentage of Accuracy).
Submitted by Gina & DeWayne
People are sad and grumpy in the subway. There's probably no real reason to be so other than being tired or tired of waiting for the subway. However, you can be less grumpy or even smile if there is something to provoke it!
So, do you know the mirror reflection on the opposite window when you sit in the metro? That could be made into something that can light you up in a second:
- distorting mirrors: admit it, they are addicting!
- drawn figures with a mirror where your face is. A giant bug is so cute if the mirrored person has a beard!
Submitted by Irina Dumitrascu
Batteries are everywhere but after they are used we often forget to return them where we should. A solution is to make returning batteries more fun. Battery games can be any kind of games you find in game halls, but instead of wasting your money you can use your used batteries as coins. You get your fun and the batteries get returned. Battery games can also work as the well known games we all know from our childhood, instead of a ball you play with a battery. Battery games are placed on public places, game halls, etc. where the batteries can easily be collected. Battery fun!
Our modern live is full of mobile electric devices. But all those devices needs electricity. Too much energy, at a time where we have global ecologic problems. Based on the concept of zero-emission multimedia, it was created a static device, where you can produce and get your own green energy - Instantly Spinning his wheel you produce the energy. The touchscreen, which is positioned at the head is an interactive panel to communicate with Buddy. Through this he gives you the instructions for use, It shows you the quantity of produced energy, and for what you can use it.
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."
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
Offering your seat to elderly or disabled passengers has never been so fun. Just stand up, grab hold of your ‘handle bars’, twist the grips and race other considerate Tube passengers all the way to Ealing Broadway. Submitted by Chris Whitehead.
Every city has at least a slope. Why don't take advantage of the landscape to minimize the use of cars in the city and improve people health? By adding slides, it could be possible to change people's behaviors and the way they move in the city. Depending on the location of the slides, it could be a time saver for people living in hilly cities such as San Fransisco, Lausanne, Quebec, Rio de Janeiro just to name a few. The Sliding Staircase could change the rythm of simply doing the task of walking. It could split it by bringing short periods of fun through a transportation routine.
Ironing clothes can be a boring task and getting the creases removed from your clothes perfectly is next to impossible. Now all you need to do is place your shirt on a customized iron board with sensors. You need to define the task. What is to be ironed? Shirt, trouser etc. The board defines your play area with lights depending on your selection. Creases are highlighted. Place the mini road roller iron on the shirt, sit back and let the fun begin. With a remote control you need to guide the road roller around the highlighted creases. If you move out of your play area, you lose points.
Install bikes on the trams/trains/busses where the wheel power is connected to add power to the vehicle. Having multiple bikes installed means that friends can compete to add the most energy back to the vehicle within a certain distance or between stops. Added value, you can take a bit off the price of their ticket because the tram/train/bus company is saving cost on fuel!
Submitted by Maggie Shelton and Lennart Fennema
The health habits of the young are getting worse. Instead of getting some physical activity they would rather play computer games or chit-chat in café. However, there is a way to change it. Why not to use the spare time between lectures for entertaining dancing lessons free of charge? All that is needed is TV screen set up somewhere in corridor, DVD with special software, a mirror, and an audio output for headphones (not to increase the level of noise in school). More physical activity equals better health. Submitted by Wojtek Kucz
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.