Archive for February 2010

The machine that recycles office paper

February 27, 2010

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We all know we need to recycle if we want to help save forests, but recycling is most important in places that consume considerable amounts of paper, like offices.

This machine that looks somewhat coarse has a surprising function: it recycles office paper and turns it into toilet paper.

It sounds brilliant, and although it still needs to be perfected, this first model fulfills its function, and with an average of only 40 sheets of paper introduced gives out a toilet paper roll. The machine works through 5 different steps: it shreds, dissolves, mixes, stretches and finally makes a roll of the new paper.
For the time being, the machine’s dimensions, and price, are rather massive: 600kg, almost 2 meters tall, and costing 100,000 $.

It’s a first step.

Maria Mazariegos from ideas4all

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Underwater diving without getting wet

February 24, 2010

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Sometimes ideas allow us to imagine fantastic things, and this concept is like that. Its name is Beriscope and it allows us to dive without getting in the water.

Who knows if designer Jaewon Choi’s dislike for cold water made him come up with this idea, but the fact is Beriscope saves us from experiencing those small inconveniences related to underwater diving or snorkeling.  It also brings the marvels of the seabed to people who would otherwise have no access to them, be they elderly people, small children, or disabled people who cannot dive.

It has a camera at the end of a long cable that is thrown into the water as if fishing, once the camera is inside the water, all that is left is to enjoy all that is hidden in the bottom of the sea.

Via YankoDesing

Maria Mazariegos from ideas4all

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OMExpo Madrid 2010.6th edition

February 22, 2010

The on-line marketing Fair/Conference, the meeting place for the digital marketing sector in Spain will take place in Madrid, on February 24th and 25th, at the IFEMA Trade Fair Park.

OME 2010 will count with the cooperation of experts from Spain and abroad, who will share their experience and explain case studies, as well as comment on subjects of interest within the areas of On-line Marketing, E-mail Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, E-commerce, Social Networks, Web Positioning, Web Analysis, and a long etc….

The exhibitors attending the fair will be Advertising agencies, Media agencies, Web Search Marketing agencies, Web Analysis experts, On-line content providers, Mobile Marketing Agencies, E-mail Marketing agencies, Performance Marketing agencies, E-Commerce agencies, Web Designers, On-line Games, On-line Purchases/Auctions, Associations

Access will be free for all visitors.

Rocío Bravo from Ideas4all

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The first seat-belt with airbag

February 20, 2010

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This first seat-belt with airbag, designed by Ford, is a brilliant idea. Any idea that helps us increase safety in our vehicles is always welcome, and this is the case with the new seat-belt, to be introduced in Ford’s Explorer 4×4 model, which will begin manufacturing this year in the United States.

This step forward in safety is, according to the experts who have analyzed test results, fundamentally a way of avoiding cervical injuries, broken collarbones and internal damage.

We hope to see this new seat-belt in all new cars soon.

Maria Mazariegos from ideas4all

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Notice for the ideas4all Community: Service interruption

February 18, 2010

We wanted to let you know that tomorrow Friday February the 19th the service will be interrupted for 2-3 hours, during which the access to the ideas4all webpage will not be possible.

This interruption of service will take place between 10pm – 5am Spanish Time, in order to carry out servers maintenance, to achieve a better service level.

Sorry for the inconvenience!
We hope you will continue to participate with us.

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Ideas4all is one of the 20 finalists of the 2nd Edition of BBVA Open Tale

February 17, 2010

Ideas4all has been selected as one of the 20 finalists in the second edition of  BBVA Open Talent, after 45 days of voting during the selection phase.

Participation in this edition has been outstanding: more than 125,000 votes received and more than 2,100 comments on the 320 participating projects. This goes to show that the public supports entrepreneurs and their projects.

The 20 qualified projects will receive a prize and the most voted projects will qualify to enter an event taking place as part of  Salón Miempresa, on March 10th in Madrid.

The 10 most voted projects will be announced shortly. We hope to be one of them!

You can see the other finalists and their projects here

Rocío Bravo from Ideas4all

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List of 30 tools and their functions

February 15, 2010

Last February, social media blogger karmen reed made a very complete revision list of twitter applications. Since we found it very interesting, we have decided to transcribe it here, hoping it will be useful to you.

Data/ Search

ReTweetist – Tracks the most popular retweets.
TweetBeep – TweetBeep is a “Google Alerts” for Twitter.
Twitbuzz – Tracks the latest conversations as well as most popular Twitter links.
Twitscoop – Twitscoop shares what’s hot on Twitter at any given moment.
Twitter Search - Twitter’s search function. You can subscribe to a search via RSS.
Tinker – Aggregates Twitter conversations around topics.

Monitoring:

Tweetmeme – Tweetmeme tracks the most popular links on Twitter every 5 minutes, categorized by types of content: images, video, audio, blogs.
Twemes – Tracks Twitter memes.
Monitter – Monitter is a real-time keyword-based monitoring service that lets you watch three columns of keyword streams side-by-side.
TwitClicks – Shortens URLs and tracks clicks.
Bit.ly – Shortens URLs, counts clicks, shows who else shortened a URL and provides metadata about that URL from across the Web.
Twitlinks – Tracks most popular tech links from most popular tech Twitter users.

Network Building:

LocalTweeps – Find Twitter users near you.
Mr. Tweet – A recommendation engine that also provides statistics on your Twitter usage.
Twellow – Twitter directory similar to Yellow Pages.
TwitDir – With this Twitter directory you’ll be able to search for people and categories including top followers and updaters.
TwitterLocal – Twitter Local is a desktop app that finds Twitter users within a fixed radius of a city or zip code.
WeFollow – User powered Twitter directory.

Twitter Management and Organization:


TweetDeck – An Adobe AIR desktop application for Twitter that organizes followers, lists and social networks. Available as iPhone app.
Hootsuite – Organize your followers, feeds and tweets, connect with other social networks and assign admins. Available as iPhone app.
CoTweet – Enables multiple people to collaborate and manage one (same) Twitter account.
SocialOopmh - Let’s you schedule Tweets and analyze followers.
Seesmic Desktop – Available as web and desktop app, as well as iPhone app. Organize followers, lists, searches, connect with other social networks.
PeopleBrowser – For extreme power users or for those who love challenge and learning. This is an amazing full featured and complicated tool. Available both as desktop and web app, full and light versions.

Promotion and Sharing:

Twitpic – Upload your pictures and share them on Twitter.
Twitvid – Upload your videos and share them on Twitter.
Twit(url)y – Tracks popular links and displays them in Digg-like fashion.
Hashtags.org – Hashtags are designed to track the most popular Twitter posts that include a #hashtag.
TwitterFeed – Feeds your blog to Twitter, Facebook and more.
TweetBurner – Share links, and track their usage.

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A cellphone that runs on Coca-Cola. Incredible!

February 15, 2010

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Designer Daizi Zheng brings us an interesting concept: a Nokia phone that runs on Coca-Cola. Yes, you read right. It may sound incredible, but it seems this eco-friendly cellphone model really works.

The designer has called it Nokia‘green’phone and it works generating electricity through carbohydrates such as the sugar contained in this and other similar drinks. It does not pollute because the end-product of the process is water and oxygen. And to top it all off, Daizi herself assures us that this completely biodegradable battery can last up to 3 and 4 times the normal life of lithium batteries.

We’ll just have to find out.

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From rooftop to garden, how to take advantage of rainwater

February 12, 2010

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If you own a garden, then you’ll particularly enjoy this idea. Its name is “A Drop of Water” and was created by Bas vender Veer, who suggests we use it to store rainfall on our rooftops and take advantage of it to water our plants.

Just think of the amount of water that is lost when rainfall goes straight to our drainage system or falls directly to the floor. This thought must have pushed the creator of this idea to come up with a system that allows us to keep rainwater stored and re-use it whenever we need to.

Save water and make the most of what you use, great idea!

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Eye Stick, the intelligent stick for the blind 

February 10, 2010

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Designer Wonjune Song has come up with this interesting concept that could make life much easier for the blind or visually impaired.

Its name is Eye Stick, and it is a stick that uses new technology to detect obstacles, using sensors on the bottom of the stick that can warn of the presence of stairs, traffic signals, pedestrian crossings, or signal the distance separating the user from dangerous elements, etc.

Each obstacle or signal recognized by the stick is transmitted via vibrations that the user can understand. This is an excellent idea that could help avoid dangerous situations and offer greater mobility to those that truly need it.

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