Archive for the "Ideas" category

Good ideas developed with augmented reality

September 16, 2014

Augmented reality is increasingly present in our everyday lives, as a way of making things easier for us. If you don’t quite know what augmented reality is, Wikipedia defines it as a “live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data”.

And if the theory seems a little too futuristic, you can appreciate its importance and uses with the following examples:

For instance, cosmetics company Sephora+ModiFace has launched the first mirror that puts make-up on without actually applying any make-up on your face.

Car manufacturer Land Rover has created an innovative system called Discovery Vision Concept that makes the car’s hood “transparent” to see where you are going when you go off road.

LEGO has brought its constructions to life thanks to applications designed to take playing with LEGO pieces to a whole new level.

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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If you want to sail don’t buy a boat, buy this backpack

September 11, 2014

If you like backpacking, you’ll love this idea: a backpack that transforms into an inflatable raft for one person. It’s perfect for a quiet cruise downriver or to navigate in lakes without having to carry a burdensome boat.

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If you own two dogs, this idea will save your walks

September 9, 2014

We already shared an idea for a dog leash that lets you walk your dog completely hands-free, a big advantage when you walk your pet. Now we bring you a very original idea that will make your walks far more comfortable if you own two dogs.

The “Tangle Free Dual Dog” leash is extensible for both dogs and either side can be blocked independently. It can also rotate 360º. Say goodbye to the terrible mess of entangled leashes.

Great idea!

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The incredible pencil that creates any color in the world

September 4, 2014

Scribble is the name of this incredible gadget that takes coloring to an entirely new dimension, allowing us to use any color in the world thanks to its innovative system.

Using a scanner included on one of its ends, you can “scan” a color from any object or surface. A system that functions much like a traditional printer mixes basic RGB colors inside the pencil. It works with a battery that can be recharged via USB and has 1GB of memory, capable of storing up to 100,000 colors.

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Tourist arrivals in Spain are beating records, but do we really know what they are interested in?

September 4, 2014

Tourism in Spain is in high demand. Almost 22 million travellers have passed through Spanish airports in July, the second best month for Tourism in Spain’s history. According to official data, this year has so far also beaten the national record for tourist arrivals.

This is all fine and well, but many of these travellers have simply come and gone. We know they have spent money in the country, but know very little about their stay in Spain.

Isn’t it a pity to squander such wealth of information?
Did they like the breakfast buffet at the hotel where they stayed? Were they comfortable in the airplane seats of the airline they chose?

Any business needs to know its clients and in the new digital environment it is essential for brands to maintain a conversation with them. Not only will they stand out from the competition, their survival may depend on it, too.

This is where ideas social networks come into play, such as our own innovation agora. They are based on open innovation, i.e. companies ‘open up’ to their clients and allow them to contribute ideas. A clear example can be seen in ideas4all, our showcase ideas social network where users have submitted, throughout these past years, many ideas to improve the Tourism sector.

Let us turn back now to those airlines who have carried millions of tourists this summer. It is great that they sold so many tickets, but do they know what it is about their planes that their clients like? Or better still, what is it they don’t like and would like to see change? If they do find out, it will probably be because of an unpleasant experience and a complaint form.

But with an ideas social network, passengers of the airline can avoid complaints forms and directly suggest solutions such as these:

- Weight sensors to count occupied seats in a plane
- Order menus before the flight to reduce food wasted on planes

What about hotel clients? They may have had a great few days and are looking forward to their next stay in the hotel. And they may be even more convinced to do so if they can share their ideas on how to improve their experience during their stay, like in these examples:

- Menus for diabetics
- See your hotel invoice in your room’s TV

Any company in the Tourism sector should, at least, consider the need of having their own ideas social network to share experiences with their clients, whether they travel for business or pleasure, in order to continue growing: because apart from being useful, sharing ideas and improving is fun.

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A revolutionary idea to replace asphalt with solar panels

September 2, 2014

We already spoke of intelligent roads in our blog, but this project takes the concept one step further. The idea is for solar panels designed specifically to replace the asphalt on roads.

These panels, made of highly resistant glass that can support the weight of cars, would not only save energy but could also store it. They are self-sufficient and capable of heating to melt snow in the winter, send light signals to vehicles thanks to their surface LED lights, light up the road and send surplus energy to cities.

The creator of this concept is electrical engineer Scott Brusaw, who has obtained more than two million dollars through the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, in order to begin serious development of an idea that got started eight years ago.

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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Reinventing closets to keep your clothes always fresh

August 28, 2014

Air Rod is a very innovative idea, capable of creating a new concept for closets, where innovation until now was limited to rearranging and reorganizing.

This idea is based on the reinvention of the hanger, which is transformed into an air conduct that works like dehumidifier, deodorizer and air freshener. Perfect to keep our clothes smelling great at all times.

Great idea!

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The perfect GPS for cyclists

August 25, 2014

Mobility on a bike can still be very much enhanced, making life easier for cyclists. This is something that some ideators have been helping to improve for some time, by sharing ideas that, curiously, are very similar to the one we bring you today: a GPS for bikes.

The idea is already available in the market, and its name is Schwinn CycleNav; it works by combining a mobile app with a device placed on the bike’s handlebar and uses sound and light signals to indicate the right direction. The novelty is that this device is connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, so that you can store the route after it is set.

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The Hammock-Sleeping Bag: two good ideas make up one great idea

August 18, 2014

As we always say here, taking two good ideas and joining them together is a fantastic way of enhancing creativity. It can be done as a game or as an exercise that often leads to extremely innovative products. Here’s a very simple example: the traditional hammock and classic sleeping bag. Why not fuse them together? The result is perfect for people who don’t want to sleep on the floor but do want the warmth and comfort of a sleeping bag.

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An idea that cools your beverage underground. Save electricity!

August 13, 2014

Since we welcome any idea that suggests ways to save energy, today we bring you eCool, a can cooling system that uses no electricity at all because it takes advantage of cool temperatures underground.

This compartment can store up to 24 cans and is buried approximately one meter underground in order to cool the cans. Getting them out can also be done without using any electricity, as it uses a manual crank.

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