I bolted an ordinary coat rack on busy city street corner in a mid-sized midwestern town. When the weather turned cold i began to randomly hang warm gloves and hats on the rack. These items would be gone by the next day. The coat rack entitled "Hang Your Hat" began to collect usable items from other generous passers by. Yet each item hung on the rack was gone the next day. The idea of putting a piece of furniture on the street brings light to the fact that there are people that live on the streets and are homeless.
Submitted by Ken Peterson
There's not a lot of incentives to recycle aluminum cans; the bins can be hard to find, they're often confused with trash bins, and the experience of tossing a can rarely makes a person smile. But, things CAN be different! Introducing... Clink-O-- a board and peg game that encourages players to drop their crushed cans into a grid of pegs and test their skill (or luck?) at scoring points in the slots below. Cans are collected beneath the game board and recycled for future use.
Submitted by M Sanchez
The mobility of people around the world is unimaginable nowadays. People manage to travel across countries and continents within hours with lowest rates ever. Does this bring only benefits? Not really - as it was recently shown by the spread speed of the swine-flu disease. One of the methods to fight similar illnesses is to wear a flu-fighting mask. However, opinion polls show that only 5% use this protection method, while more than 36% think that people wearing these masks look like hypochondriacs.
In public toilets, where hand dryers are available, most people use toilet paper to dry their hands because it is faster. We are wasting paper using it in the wrong way; this also means we are cutting trees because we can't wait one minute using the hand dryer. Other consequence is more expenses buying more quantities of toilet paper in every place where a public toilet is located.
Eletricity Generator BICycle will replace all seats in the subway train. This way people instead of just sitting down and getting fat or sleeping, they can make sports, generate eletricity for the train, and of course have lots of fun. You can even get a discount ticket for the subway when you have generated enough eletricity watts. Submitted by Diego Santos.
Have you ever noticed how slippery the floors in public buildings get when it rains? No one really takes the time to dry their shoes. Our Interactive Rain Mat changes that by making the boring activity of drying your feet into a fun game. As you step on the mat, a little face appears beneath your feet and challenges you to step on it. Whenever you put your foot down, the face moves to another spot on the mat, accompanied by sound effects.
How can we reward people who stay for the green light and also get them to interact in the mean time?
In a busy crosswalk we often tend to be impatient for the cross light to turn green. But crossing a red pedestrian light can be dangerous.
Our solution: The Kwik-e-Green!
The Kwik-e-Green is a square made out of six pairs of green feet shaped panels with sensors underneath, placed at the side of the curb. When six people stand on the panels the sensors react on the weight pressure of the people and instantly rewards them with a Kwik-e-Green light for them to pass the crosswalk
How many time shave you left the room without turning off the light? A simple solutuon could be a light switch with a sensor that detects when you are about to leave the room, and begins to sing a little tune. This reminds you to turn off the light and you do so by singing the same tune back.
Submitted by Matija Jasarov
Admit it: When you put your glass bottles in the recycling bin, you do it with just a little more force than necessary just for the joy of hearing things shatter. The Smashcycler promotes glass recycling while providing that same thrill in a safe environment.
Submitted by Frederic Savioz & Greg Christensen
In this project two Daily urban experiences are joined together in this case a pedestrian and a car driver, drivers waiting on a red light and the monotonous crossing for the zebra from part of the pedestrians, are clearly two situations that we all have experienced. For this reason we have decided to develop a dynamic in which the driver entertains himself during the red light while the pedestrians enjoy and respect the pedestrian crossing zone.
It is known, the expenses on the separate collection of utilized packaging is bigger than the cost of accepted products. The producers are generally needed to increase the cost of packaging increasing the cost of product that will in its turn increase the interest of population to return the raw materials to the producers. But this leads to the reducing of consumer demand.
Every day, a lot of people spend time waiting at the metro station.
Instead of waiting without anything to do, let the people do some sport while having fun!
Special spinning bicycles will be placed at the station.
When a person will cycle the bicycle the spinning wheel will produce electricity that will light colorful lights and play some music.
The beauty about this idea is that while people are doing sport they are improving their health and producing green energy at the same time.
This is my solution for the littering problem. It's a recycling game machine that will educate the youth (or the adults) by teaching them that recycling is fun! This machine is a portable big hockey table that has a mechanism to transform cans into pucks and also a car jack to lift the one side of the floor in order to unload the cans when the container is full. The game can be played with two players. Each player holds a rounder and tries to score by hitting the puck.
This group of litter bins move and dance throughtout the space, talking to people inviting them to dispose of their litter. This group of bins can easily assemble themselves together by the cleaning personnel to be emptied at the end of each day. These bins encourage people to use the bins and promote a higher level of public interaction as well as providing entertainment and a element of quirky fun.
Submitted by Sinead Dinneen, Donnacha Toomey & Mary Gannon
There is not enough fresh water on this planet. There are countries without enough water to drink.
Through this design I want to spread the Save Water message.
Whenever people turn on the tap and water flows more than 3 seconds , a crying baby sound starts and goes on increasing till they turn off the tap.
They can see a Crying Emoticon on the tap which says " There is not enough fresh water on Earth ".
This is a funny way to spread the message which needs a lot of attention and make people use sufficient water but not waste.
Submitted by Manoj Manduva
Too often in our disputes with friends, family and neighbors we chose non-productive and sometime destructive options for handling conflict. Over time these become knee-jerk reactions with little thought going to other ways of engaging those with whom we are in conflict.
Give Peace a Chance is a game, located in large public spaces, that helps people explore constructive alternatives in handling their everyday disputes.
Can you make train platforms safer through fun? Train platforms can be a dangerous place. A lot of people get injured every year when not exercising caution and parents are often anxious about their kids wandering about. The poles would light up when the train is either rushing through or coming into the station. People can standing in the "safe" area will activate the colored lights on the pole. The more people who stand in the safe area, the higher the colors will go, encouraging social gathering in the "safe" area to create an effect you could not do on your own. Fun = safer!
How many times have we walked past a ton of trash sitting just feet from the nearest trash can? How hard would it have been to "pitch in"? Sadly, pitching in seems a chore. And yet, simply crumpling up a piece of paper seems to convert us: suddenly we're the Shaq Attack, and making baskets is our thing. This little psychological quirk is so strangely affecting that people around their world populate their iPhones with a virtual version of trashketball! With the trashketball can, we can turn a real life task into a really fun sport.