Archive for the "Ideas" category

Smart boxing gloves that measure your strength

April 27, 2015

Puncho


Puncho

The only limits to technology lie in our own imagination, and yet another example of an object we might never have thought could have technology applied to it are the classic boxing gloves. Puncho are these smart boxing gloves with incorporated sensors that tell you the strength and speed of the punch you throw. The information is transmitted to a mobile app that evaluates and measures your training.

A screen on the surface of the glove shows live data on your punches and movements.

This original combination is one of the winners of the Reddot Design Award 2014


María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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A belt with airbag to protect the elderly in falls

April 21, 2015

activeprotect

activeprotect

One of the typical injuries for elderly people when they fall is a broken hip, which normally entails surgery and a prosthesis, and then the exhausting rehabilitation process. But at last someone has had the great idea of protecting this vulnerable part of the body thanks to a belt with an airbag: Activeprotect.

Any fall can be made less serious by reducing the impact by 90%, according to its inventors, thanks to a system similar to the one used in cars, cushioning falls before the impact.

A fantastic idea that can be used not only by elderly people, also by fans of sports like skiing, cycling, etc.

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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Mix up 300 cocktails from your mobile phone

April 14, 2015

Somabar

somabar

The title can sound like an exaggeration, but that’s exactly what you do with Somabar, which is something like an evolution of a cocktail shaker that takes full advantage of current technology to offer us, through our smartphone, the possibility of mixing up to 300 different cocktails.

The mobile app lets you select your favorite mixes, but it also offers suggestions for new cocktails you can try, or shows you recipes shared by other users.

The six “Soma Pods” is where you place your six favorite drinks you like to mix, not necessarily alcoholic.

somabar

This original idea developed thanks to crowdfunding, may very well be the new small appliance we all want to have in our kitchens.


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A smart mirror to compare clothes we have already tried on

April 9, 2015

memomi

We already spoke in this blog about smart mirrors like the virtual make-up mirror by Sphera or aiMirror. Today we bring you another version of a smart mirror called MemoMi.

This new mirror lets you compare articles you have tried before thanks to its 360º recording.

memomi

Since it is a mirror for clothes stores, it also offers the possibility of seeing how clothes would look on us in the different colors available in the store.

This is the perfect idea for anyone who is a little lazy about shopping, as you only need to try something on once.

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The 4×4 wheelchair

April 2, 2015

grit

grit 2

The wheelchair is one of the most important inventions in recent history, but one that can surely still be improved upon. The future will bring new developments in design and functions, but there are already wheelchairs like the one we share with you here, although we’re still some way from seeing most wheelchairs replaced by something like this.

In the meantime, we bring you an idea that takes the classic wheelchair to the next level: GRIT Freedom Chair is an “off-road” wheelchair designed for people who want to overcome the limitations of difficult surfaces or terrain. The enhancement works on the traction mechanism with two levers connected to the wheels via a chain, like in a bicycle; this makes movement much simpler and efficient.

It also includes a third wheel at the front to increase stability, mobility and rotation.

Thanks to people who innovate, there are less and less physical obstacles for people who depend on a wheelchair in their everyday lives.


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#MuseumWeek: a blank canvas to promote innovation

March 23, 2015

The great celebration of art is kicking off in Twitter. At ideas4all we wanted to get started with #MuseumWeek one week early, talking to museums and giving them ideas that will help bring art to audiences of every kind.

Over one thousand museums are taking part in this initiative. Their visitors are also asked to share their experiences from inside the exhibitions.

Avant-garde ideas make their way from the canvas to the exhibition hall.

Recently, the Museo del Prado has made the international news after creating tactile replicas of their works of art for blind visitors, an idea we already saw posted in ideas4all.

Museums seek ways to make art more democratic, another reason for which they are increasingly present in social media. In fact, the London Museums Group, which brings together all of the museums in the British capital, has published an article on the importance of involving visitors and promoting their participation through the creation of digital environments.

Social media are allowing us to take art exhibitions to the homes of each visitor in any part of the globe, making museums global regardless of their size, location or budget.

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#MuseumWeek: over 1,000 museums connected to promote art in Twitter

March 16, 2015

Over one thousand museums in 44 countries are joining the second edition of Museum Week in Twitter; #MuseumWeek, an initiative that seeks to promote art and museums around the globe from March 23 to 29.

To this end, the organizers of the initiative are calling all Twitter users to share their experiences inside museum exhibition halls. As part of the initiative, every day of the week will have its own themed hashtag, which you can check here.

Just like last year, at ideas4all we want to participate in this celebration of museums, speaking directly to them and offering our ideas to make them an even richer experience. And since you are the ones who make ideas4all, we invite you to share your ideas these days, in order to make our museum visits a special experience.

Happy Museum Week!
#MuseumWeek will be held from March 23 to 29. Official website of the initiative.

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The umbrella of the future will use air to keep us dry

March 12, 2015

Air umbrella has surprised everyone with its innovative design. This isn’t the first creative design for an umbrella that we share with you here: umbrellas that fill water bottles, theft-proof umbrellas and even the umbrella that turns completely inside out. But this new umbrella is, by far, the most innovative of all.

It uses compressed air, which exits the umbrella in the opposite direction to raindrops, protecting you from the rain. A lithium battery ensures hours of protection, although the current prototype only lasts 30 minutes. All this in the slightest weight (800g) and size (50cm when closed, 80cm extended).



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The batteries we throw away provide four hours of light a day for families in India

March 10, 2015

Recycling is an area where innovation is absolutely necessary, and we have to get creative in order to give products we throw away a second useful life. Today’s idea is a magnificent example: reusing batteries we throw away to generate light in homes that don’t have an electricity supply.

The idea began among a group of researchers in IBM Research India. After analyzing data from a study they carried out, where they realized that at least 70% of the batteries we throw away still have enough electricity to power a LED lightbulb for four hours a day, during at least one year. After the discovery, the group of researchers tested five homes in Bangalore, India, providing families with a packet of batteries. The results were excellent.

This idea would not only give over 400 million people access to electricity in India, it would also give a second life to discarded batteries, representing 50 million laptop computer batteries a year in the USA alone. You do the math!



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With these water boots, the rain won’t take you by surprise ever again

February 17, 2015

We already told you about the foldable hiking boots designed by Timberland. Today we bring you something along the same innovative lines: Sardines are an original model of water boots that are completely foldable. Designed to be carried in a suitcase or a bag, the rain won’t catch you unprepared ever again.

Great idea to keep your feet dry!


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