The bubble machine would connect to the rear of the bicycle and physically tie in to the pedal gear near the front. A short tube on the back controls the air flow and allows the bubbles to exit from its end, again a visual similarity to the way exhaust leaves the back end of a car.
The bubbles are the opposite of peoples perception of exhaust. Instead of polluting the air, the bubbles appear to clean it. This becomes a visual pun on the idea of riding a bicycle as being a cleaner mode of transportation.
Submitted by John Vickers
Problem: many people do not want to wake up at the morning
Resolution: the waker is a page that only works from 6:00 to7:00.if you enter at that time you get points, and when you have one hundred you earn something special. If you wake up from 6:00 to 6:15 you get 5 points, if you wake up from 6:15 to 6:30 you get 3 points and if you wake up from 6:30 to 7:00 you get1 point.every time you win you start again.
Submitted by Luis Manuel Elizondo
The problem is ...when we go to fast food or any restaurant where the food is consume in containers of plastic or paper we produce lots or garbage that can be recycled but nowadays is just throw in litter bins without care if this is paper or plastic o organic garbage... and is boring to just throw it :( The proposed prototype is a funny recycling litter bin where you can throw your garbage but clasifiying it. The funny dump has a touch screen and when you recycle the screen show you a different puzzle that you can arm in few seconds depending of the puzzle.
Disposing of dog poo is an issue that needs to be addressed is our cities and parks. It is not a pleasant activity, so dog owners need some fun encouragement for them to pick up their dog's poo. We have designed a dog poo bin that offers fun encouragement for adults and children alike. With its flashing LED display and sounds, owners are encouraged to place dog poo in the bin using the bags provided. Upon disposal, a hydrogen sulfide detector analyses the smell of the dog's droppings and gives it a fun smelly score, rating it against all the dogs in the park!
In several of the hallways connecting terminals in airports, you can lay down strips of small "speed bumps" in a precise pattern. When rolling bags roll over these strips of small little bumps, the thudding of the wheels will make the rhythm that is written on the floor (i.e. tango, samba, salsa etc). Some of these strips will be "partner" rhythms, where it takes two or more people walking at the same pace to make the beat.
Submitted by Jonathan Harris
The Bus Stops are boring places, we intend, using less money as possible, to transform them into interactive and joyfully places. Every week a big crosswords table will be installed at the bus stop. The people that are waiting for the bus could play completing the crosswords, using a big pencil (to avoid people to steal it) connected to the bus stop with a little chain…
Submitted by Davide Leone
Consistently communicate creatively simple & short water conservation messages'. Put up illustrations on water conservation on the ceiling of the hair-washing cubicle. When patrons/clients are reclining on the chair to get their hair washed, the illustration will be right in their vision. The sound and feel of the water on the head and the message above will engage the various senses of the person to make a sub-conscious impact. In those 3+ minutes of hair wash, the person will have 2 options – close eyes or see a beautiful & often funny illustration.
"I get around" is a line of books and encouragement for kids age 0-8 (and their adults). The components encourage physical activity, connection with the outdoors, awareness, and open-ended creativity through having FUN in everyday life, on special trips, and in our imaginations. Quote from book: "I get around and have fun--how about you?" All items are created to take along wherever, and however, you get around.
Submitted by Deb Miner
Stop pedaling for nothing! With this devise while you’re riding a training bike you activate a fan which keeps you fresh and cool while you’re doing your daily workout. And that’s not all you can do with the electricity you’ve produced. You can connect the invention to every household appliance: TV set, toaster, blender and other things. Submitted by Minko Marinov.
The idea is to teach compassion in a fun and interactive way. This is a video game that has three choices of play: (1)Three ethics questions, (2) Choosing the ending of a video scenario or (3) Viewer watches a short video depicting life as the member of a selected group (Autism, other disability, homeless, other culture). Machine would be banked with MANY scenarios and information – as so not to become predictable. Original purpose: autism awareness, but can be used for various other reasons.
Many young adults spend a lot of their time playing video games. What if you could actually learna by achieving objectives in games? Instead of only earning points you could also grow in knowledge. The video game industry in general should focus on games being more of a learning platform than a solely entertainment platform. The software should be developed by the gaming console companies and should be entirely open-source, in terms of content that could be incorporated into the games.
Submitted by Vassili Zamjitski
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.
Airport Security Carnival
Can Fun Help us Catch Terrorists? Or at least help us survive airport security with our dignity and our sanity?
I fly all the time and realize that Airport security is a necessary evil. But would it be asking too much from the TSA to make it ever slightly more enjoyable? Instead of making everyone feel like a suspected terrorist, how about making people feel like honored VIPs who are getting special treatment?
If there was ever a universally hated activity that needed to be made more enjoyable, it’s the airport security line. How could we make it more fun?
The Beggar Robot has access to areas normally off-limits to beggars, where the richer members of society more often frequent. The hypothesis is that this part of society is only able to show some sympathy towards the marginalized if they communicate from a safe distance and via a technological interface. The project tests and exploits the advantages of robotic interface by bringing the Beggar Robot to public spaces in different countries.
Submitted by Sedlacek Saso
"Sit up straight!" Everybody knows those nagging words, and how annoying it can be to be constantly reminded about your posture. But good posture is important for presenting a positive outward appearance and for strengthening back muscles towards better health. So how can we make sitting up straight more FUN? With our Peacocks for Posture proposal, sensors are embedded in the back of a chair to detect the sitter's posture. Peacock feathers are mounted to a motorized system on the back of the chair. If the sitter is slouching, the peacock feathers remain folded up.
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.
Hand sanitizer that cheers!
We created a hand Sanitizer that cheers when you use it. This will get people to use it more. You will love it. It has a Sensor that Senses your hand and gives a cheer when you use it. Put this Sanitizer when you are going to eat because if you don’t put this Sanitizer all the germs on your hands are going to your mouth and you are going to get sick. Eat good live good smell good.
Submitted by Roberto and Jordan- Triplet
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.