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Night vision for drivers: innovation that prevents accidents

August 31, 2015

brightWay

brightWay

brightWay

The fact that visibility is considerably reduced in a vehicle at night or in poor lighting conditions is more than obvious. Hence the question: how could this visibility be improved?

Well, now we have an answer: with BrightWay Vision, a device for night vision developed by an Israeli startup that works by using differences in temperature.

Thermal imaging technology comes to the rescue of drivers to detect any kind of obstacle they may find on the road at night or in poor lighting conditions, in real time.

Its creators were inspired by military technology, something that is out of reach for the general public, and decided to begin work on their BrightWay Vision.

As you can see in the images, the camera’s efficiency will surely avoid many accidents.

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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Put fire out with sound. A new generation of fire extinguishers

August 25, 2015

Some everyday objects are continuous targets for creative minds in search of a thousand and one different ways to make them better. Such is the case of fire extinguishers, as we’ve already seen with some redesigns we’ve shared in the past, considerably improving the traditional fire extinguisher.

Today we bring you the surprising innovation of a new generation of extinguishers that use sound to put out fire. No foam or gases.

This original system, developed by two students, is made up of a frequency generator and an amplifier. “Sound waves create pressure waves in the air that displace part of the oxygen. At the right frequency, sound waves separate oxygen and fuel and keep them separated long enough for the flames to die out.”

Although this is still only a prototype and some details will need to be improved, these students have managed to surprise us.




María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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The revolutionary designs for the virtual keyboard and mouse

August 20, 2015

Try to imagine typing without a keyboard, and moving your mouse cursor without a mouse… seriously, no matter how hard it might be to imagine, all this is now possible thanks to laser technology based on projections and optical recognition.

The first revolutionary example is the keyboard Celluon Magic Cube. Looking like something out of the future, it has a red light that is projected onto flat surfaces and uses an optical recognition sensor to capture the movement of our fingers and receive our input exactly like a computer keyboard would.

Celluon Magic Cube

But a keyboard without a mouse simply won’t do: we need to be able to move our cursor around the screen, and that is exactly the purpose of Odin, this small projector that looks like a robot projects its light onto any flat surface, and can be used like a ‘non-virtual’ mouse to move the cursor around our computer screen.

odin virtual mouse

odin virtual mouse



María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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The first welding gun for plastic that will extend the lifespan of our gadgets

August 17, 2015

bondic

The number of charger cables, gadgets, headphones, connectors… and an endless list of devices made of plastic increases with every new appliance we buy. Who hasn’t had to replace a perfectly good charger cable, for example, because of a small tear, or change glasses simply because of a broken temple.

Bondic, which is the name of this original welding gun, works where glue doesn’t: that’s its motto and the big difference is that it solidifies only when you apply ultraviolet light, so that you can work in detail even with extremely small pieces.

A brilliant invention that can extend the life of many of our gadgets.

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Two extremely creative rescue ideas

August 10, 2015

Whenever there is an accident or in adverse weather conditions that cause seriously dangerous situations for people, there is nothing better than ingenuity to continue improving all of our possible rescue options. Here are two very innovative ideas, although they are still only concepts that have yet to be put into practice.

The first idea is Air Rope, an inflatable rescue tunnel for situations where it is impossible to cross from one point to another because of a flood or anything else creating difficult access. This tunnel can be inflated using air pressure and allows users to cross over to areas with difficult access via the inside of the tunnel. Air Rope received the Red Dot: Design Concept award in 2013.

airtube

airtube

Our second idea is More Life Saver, something that is so simple it could already be in use. The design is a normal life saver that can be opened and completely extended so that more people can hold on to it. Incredibly simple, incredibly useful.

more lifesaver

more lifesaver



María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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The glass sphere that produces 70% more electricity than solar panels

August 5, 2015

Rawlemon

Rawlemon

Rawlemon

Today we bring you a great innovation in the field of solar power that is worth knowing about: the Rawlemon project: A spectacular glass sphere with a diameter of 1.8m, in its largest model, which is an electric generator capable of producing up to 70% more electricity than current solar panels.

Its creator, German architect André Broessel, based his idea on a great crystal ball that works like a magnifying lens: it captures intensely concentrated solar light in one specific point, even on cloudy days.

Apart from producing much more electricity, another great advantage is the space it saves with its design, compared to the installation of solar panels.

Thanks to the support obtained through crowdfunding, this brilliant idea can already be bought in several different sizes.

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The surprising innovation that lets us control objects remotely

July 30, 2015

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inFORM

inFORM is this dynamic surface made up of physical ‘pixels’ capable of recreating 3D forms transmitted thanks to a connection that uses kinect technology. Users are able to control and interact with objects without having to use a remote controller. All that is required is the simple use of movements to activate the pixels.

Developed by MIT’s Tangible Media Group what makes this innovative design so fascinating is that it opens the door to remote interaction in countless fields such as medicine, construction, games…



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Say good-bye to dizziness and panic attacks: Now you can draw blood without using a needle

July 28, 2015

hemolink

hemolink

Although not everyone deals with needles and the moment they break through our skin in quite the same way, the truth is it can be very uncomfortable, to the point of causing anxiety and dizziness in some people. Luckily, we have good news for anyone afraid of needles, because they have finally invented a system to draw blood without using them.

Hemolink is a device created by American company Tasso Inc.; it is round, 10cm long, and users can place it over their skin on the arm or abdomen, where it draws blood without sticking anything into the skin. How does it work? The secret lies in microfluidics technology.

Obviously this is a tremendous step forward, not only because it does without needles, loathed by many patients, but most importantly because it frees medical centers from long queues and unnecessary waits, as patients receive Hemolink in their mailbox and then send the blood directly to the lab.

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María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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Underwater virtual reality that will take you to exotic seas

July 20, 2015

NautilusVR

Although virtual reality is something the greater public has only recently gained access to, thanks to brands like Samsung, Microsoft, HTC, Sony, Google and Oculus, we now have the possibility of enjoying our own virtual experiences through a “simple” pair of glasses.

But some have looked to take this one step further by extending the possibility of a virtual reality system under water. This has brought us Nautilus VR. Its Spanish creator, Juan Barambones, had the idea because he thought that this would be a great way for someone living in a city without sea to experience the sensation of diving in distant and exotic waters. So thanks to these glasses, we can “enjoy” an exotic Caribbean sea, surrounded by fish and coral reefs, from our swimming pool.

This is only the beginning of what is still a prototype. Even so, this is a fantastic and innovative example of what we can dream of, and the endless possibilities offered by virtual reality.

Check out the video to see how it works.



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Don’t worry about rain in the city: this idea has the solution

July 15, 2015

Lampbrella

Lampbrella

Lampbrella

The city we would all love to live in would surely have little details like this idea: Lampbrella. It isn’t a great innovation but it certainly is pretty original, since by taking advantage of something as present in cities as street lamps it proposes an umbrella that can protect us from the rain when we least expect it and aren’t protected.

The umbrella unfolds automatically when its integrated sensor detects rain, so that anyone in need of cover can step under it. Stop being afraid of the rain.


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