Working day to day in the interactive/search/media/social media/design fields, things are constantly changing. There are new innovations, enhancements, upgrades, new ways to communicate and share information, new hardware and software, new ways to develop and design, and the list goes on and on. It’s easy to keep my mind busy and entertained within this little world. One thing I like to do is step out and see what other ideas are happening in areas that have nothing to do with my everyday work. I never know how they will affect me and some of them are simply brilliant. Websites like TED, Springwise, trendwatching, or Popular Mechanics, offer up a whole range of ideas and inventions that you need to explore. Here are a few examples.
Hippo Water Roller
This invention helps tackle the issue of people in areas of Africa having to travel long distances carrying large containers, often on their head, to get water. Two engineers came up with the idea to develop a large water barrel built of rugged plastics with an easy-to-fill opening, turn it on its side, and attach portable handles so people can roll it to their destination instead of having to carry it. It lets people transport more water than before and also saves them from spine and neck injuries that would occur when carrying heavy water containers. http://www.hipporoller.org/
Being a soccer player this idea really grabbed my attention. Knowing how widespread the popularity of soccer is around the world, particularly in developing countries like Africa, the idea four young women from Harvard came up with is fantastic. Using a special soccer ball, they figured out a way to capture the energy during game play, then use that stored electrical energy to connect and illuminate a LED lamp. 15 minutes of play gives you 3 hours of light. In developing countries, that is very beneficial. The ball is still in prototyping stages, but it is certainly a great idea and hopefully can gain support and investors. http://www.soccket.com/
This invention has a very neat story behind it. A legendary graffiti artist named TEMPTONE was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which impaired his ability to move his muscles. One thing that did have movement were his eyes so a group figured out an affordable way using off-the-shelf products and open source software to let him and others create art by tracking the movement of their eyes. He would create artwork using his eyes and one thing they did was project his tags on buildings or walls in Los Angeles, letting him continue his legacy as a graffiti artist. It continues to be an ongoing open source project. http://www.eyewriter.org/
What are some ideas or inventions outside of your everyday routine that have inspired you or what are some things you do to go outside of your little world?
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