How do we get more people to recycle drinks cans? We turn a normal vending machine into a gambling machine, where instead of coins we use old cans as credits to play. You crush you can, the wheels spin, and the lucky ones win a fresh can of cold soda.
Submitted by Vittorio Pavesi - Italy
Put in a park or a place where there is space, this system detects near people who attracts with a sound and lights, ready, set, go! Which is marked by a traffic light. The contestant will run to the finish line where it recorded its time and average speed, you can enter your name and picture to have a record weekly and monthly. You can even compare with slow and fast animals and celebrities, even your dog can run here.
Submitted by Jorge Alanis Carbajal
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the only monster that does good for humanity, man and his pets. This monster asks to be fed exclusively with animal droppings, opening his mouth a sensor makes speek the monster making so gracious speeches to be fed, in his mouth is a receptacle where it is deposited the bag with excrement, this receptacle is integrated on a scale that senses the weight of the excrement, and according to the weight the monster will say funny things, low weight - is that all? better go and feed your pet! A little more weight - I am more hungry! go get more!
One of the most common ways that illnesses such as flu are spread is through the germs on our hands. Hand sanitization is therefore a simple way to help prevent transmission of illness. Universities and restaurants in our area have installed hand sanitizers to help encourage hand cleaning, but few people actually use them. As a result, illnesses can rapidly spread across university campuses. We decided to apply the Fun Theory to this problem by testing whether we could get more people to sanitize their hands by making it fun.
As recycling initiatives are increasing in number and people are becoming
more aware and receptive to these ideas, I'm suggesting a bottle recycling
Camouflaged as a casino slot machines, the recycling process works as follows:
- every bottle works as a coin, each inserted bottle gets recycled
- for every bottle inserted you have the right for a spin
- the more bottles you insert, the more you recycle and the more winning chances you got
It's a win win situation. You get most of fun out of it and Planet Earth wins a better life,
with a more responsible society.
A periscope is attached to a bus stop. It aims to entertain and reduce the stress of commuters, avoiding the wait/walk dilemma. It transforms the bus stop into a playground by providing a fun diversion while waiting for the bus. The commuters can not only see if the bus is coming but by using the periscope handler, they can explore other views of the city. At the same time it works as a critical object: by being present, it also aims to initiate a conversation about the problem and the lack of the real-time information system in NYC bus stops.
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.
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.
My idea is based on the game of Plinko, from the tv show, The Price is Right. It's meant to be a fun way to recycle cans because aluminum is one of the most environmentally harmful minerals to mine. Basically it's a plinko board that is on top of a recycling bin for cans and bottles (only if your region accepts cans and bottles mixed together), so that they can be recycled normally if they'd rather not play.
I want to create a mobile, sectional pipe organ that can be installed and performed anywhere, turning the space itself into a unique, reactive instrument. A large portion of the project will be public installations, allowing people to see, play, and experience the instrument for themselves. The idea is to inform people about an awesome instrument that is little understood and seldom played with by creating a invasive and interactive version that can be played by anyone. I've designed a pipe organ in which each pipe is independent, connected along to a central air supply through a long hose.
In México and the world is quite difficult to find places to throw used batteries. Moreover is boring and tedious take it to this collection points. It will always be most easy to throw them with all the other garbage. But not always will be more fun that throw them into a container that can make you feel good, make you feel happy and achieve a smile in your face.
Parking is a big problem for people especially in public spheres. Even it doesn’t seem as a big problem, it is really a big problem for drivers who can not find a parking area especially in big and crowded cities because of the other drivers who do not park in a regular way to the areas that are lined before. We tried to show this problem with some photos. As you see, in these photos, cars are not in a regular way and one car parks in a place where two car can park.
Works in the town are always disturbing. Neighbours get angry and workers do not work comfortable. If the atmosphere is good, people work faster, better, and everybody is happy. Can we create a pleasant environment with fun? We think so.
Submitted by Ana Querejeta, Mariki Rodríguez, Mario Fides, Daniel Martí and Alberto Salgado
The primary concern of any government is to keep its citizens healthy. Apart from securing good hospitals and access to healthy food, it also must secure availability of sporting places for people to keep fit. The problem is that prices for fitness centers are rising substantially as more and more people attend them. We want to change this relationship to the contrary and, plus, generate energy.
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.
My 82 year old mother will never own a laptop or a cellphone, but she does have a television. The only technology most households on earth have in common is television. There should be a TV network devoted to sending and receiving messages and this would be called the Communication Station.
Here's how it would work:
- Grandma is watching the Nightly News. Suddenly a flashing envelope appears in the corner of the screen.
- Using the special remote control she received when she signed up for the Communication Station, she clicks on the envelope to open it.
Vending machines usually dispense sugary liquid that isn't good for anyone. But those colourful plastic bottles are so much more appealing than water. To change people's behaviour, how about making a vending machine that dispenses water in tetra paks. To make it fun, the vending machine will have an interactive graffiti screen where people can use colours and finger strokes to design one side of their water pak. There could also be pre-loaded designs to choose from--or you can freestyle. The result is a customized water "bottle".
How do we get more people to excercise? The idea here is to combine a standard step machine with a pinball machine. The machine is then operated by moving your feet to control each arm inside the machine. Hit the ball, get points and have fun!
Submitted by Omar Sotomayor Noel - Peru