Archive for the "Ideas" category

One day, we’ll be able to breathe underwater like fish

April 9, 2014

That day has not yet arrived, but a small step in the right direction was taken by a design student’s invention, which is still only in conceptual form with the name “Triton Oxygen Mask”. The mask would allow divers to do without the cumbersome oxygen bottle and tubes. The invention looks more like something seen in Star Wars.

The Triton Oxygen Mask works by imitating gills on aquatic animals with nano-filters that are even smaller than water molecules and separate and store the water’s oxygen so that we can breath it in.

Nanotechnology is now a reality with many applications, and it has already surprised many thanks to extraordinary developments such as nano-robots that carry medicine to specific areas inside our body or nano-machines capable of acting like human muscle tissue.

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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#MuseumWeek: Museums believe in Open Innovation

April 4, 2014

The Twitter initiative #MuseumWeek has created a week-long dialogue about museums and their future. We really appreciated this suggestion at ideas4all, because we have loads of ideas on the subject and because it completely fits in with our spirit of Open Innovation, which we truly believe in. We can all contribute ideas and build on them!

And so we have: the Museo del Prado (@museodelprado), the Museo Thyssen (@EducaThyssen) or the MACBA in Barcelona (@MACBA_Barcelona) have heard our ideators’ proposals for the reinvention of museums.

And others, like the Centro de Museos in the Spanish autonomous region of Castilla y León (@museoscastyleon) consider the suggestion of a cultural ring to be a “great idea”, and “very ambitious”. This cultural ring would connect all museums in the region with one common brand image and communication policy. The idea of a bus that connects all museums had already been developed, but they have taken note of all other suggestions, because innovating is not just innovating…it’s also improving what is already there.

That is probably where we have found our greatest source of satisfaction: seeing how many museums believe in Open Innovation, as they do in the Museo Thyssen (@EducaThyssen) and in the cultural center LABoral in Gijón (@LABoral).

From here, we want to send a big thank you to all #MuseumWeek supporters and participants, for their efforts in advertising and improving the enormous quality of our museums. The discussion has been fascinating.

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#MuseumWeek kicks off this week

March 25, 2014

A line, an area of tone, is not really important because it records what you have seen, but because of what it will lead you on to see”, says art theorist John Berger in “Ways of Seeing”. Every spectator ‘sees’ in his or her own way, as our knowledge or beliefs affect how we view things. A painting is therefore more than what is contained in the canvas.

That is why museums are looking for visitors to have conversations, share opinions and even build on works of art. And social media are a very good vehicle for these activities. One recent example occurred this very week, when Twitter launched a campaign under the hashtag#MuseumWeek to bring spectators closer to art exhibitions in Europe, or at the very least, bring art to their mobile phone or tablets. You know how it is: “If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain…”.

Dozens of Spanish museums have joined this initiative. Some are very active in social media, not only as a way of answering queries from visitors regarding opening times or prices.

El Prado Museum’s Twitter account (@museodelprado) has the most followers (over 230,000) according to a study carried out by consultants Social Win, and the museum uses this medium to show its collection under different interpretations.

Smaller museums such as the Museo del Romanticismo @MRomanticismo or the MUSAC in León (@musacmuseo), who welcomed our idea of introducing hashtags for exhibitions and artists, are also very active in social networks.

As far as we’re concerned, we already launched a Challenge where the goal was to reinvent museums, and today we bring you ten ideas by our Ideators from that Challenge.

- Introduce hashtags for exhibitions and artists
Organize dramatized visits in museums
Draw up an express brochure for visitors in a hurry
Custom-made brochure dispenser
Cover certain areas of paintings in order to discover hidden details
Open childcare facilities in museums
Validate museum visits as academic credits
App with downloadable audioguides
Electric wheelchairs in all national museums
Compulsory 2% of artworks by disabled artists

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Heat water and cook at the same time

March 3, 2014

If we stop to think of all the ways in which we squander the energy at our disposal throughout the day, we would surely be surprised. And in developing countries with fewer resources, this is something that can make a real difference.

A magnificent example of how to make the most of the energy we produce, regardless of how little it may be, is this idea called Double Warm. It is a simple kitchen meant for people with minimal resources and its design includes water containers on the sides where water is stored to be heated as soon as the kitchen is turned on to cook with. No energy is wasted.

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Growing together: the most versatile stroller

February 26, 2014

The never-ending world of ideas to make parents’ lives easier… Not long ago we saw a crib that changes in time as your child grows, now we bring you a similar idea applied to another one of those indispensable objects for parents: the baby stroller.

This stroller is called Piv-O and it has the ability to change over time: at first it is a traditional stroller with a hood to carry your baby; then it becomes a practical baby walker that babies can use as they take their first steps; finally it becomes a fun tricycle.

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Air to drink

February 20, 2014

A large part of the population in Lima, Peru, has a hard time finding drinking water in certain areas, whereas the country has very high humidity levels, sometimes reaching up to 98%. Based on these figures, the University of Engineering and Technology in Lima (UTEC) has developed what looks like an advertising billboard, but which transforms humidity in the air to drinking water for the area’s neighbors.

This billboard works thanks to inverse osmosis and five water generators connected to a small electric system. In three months, they have managed to generate 9,450 liters of drinking water, with each tank holding approximately 20 liters.

The project won the “Gold Outdoor Lion” award at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, because what is most surprising of all is that the idea comes from advertising agency Mayo DraftFCB.

This isn’t the first project to transform humidity into water, as we have already mentioned another project here before: it even dethroned the iPad as best invention of 2012.

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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Walk your dog and leave your hands as free as they’ve ever been

February 19, 2014

This idea is for people who share their lives with those great furry friends, who despite the cold, the rain, the heat… always need to go out for a walk.

Lishinu reinvents the traditional leash with a new system that is far more comfortable as it lets you walk with your hands free.

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A portable washer for travellers

February 12, 2014

Say good-bye to dirty clothes on your travels. We’ll always have laundry services, but this new prototype is so convenient that not only can you wash clothes like socks or underwear, but you can dry them too.

Put your clothes in this mini-washer called Shaking Wash, and all you need to do is shake vigorously for a few minutes. Drain the water and get ready for the greatest advantage of all: the drying function. To activate the dryer, you can use batteries or plug the washer to the electrical power supply.

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The simple cardboard box can also be redesigned

February 6, 2014

However complicated it may sometimes seem, almost everything can be reinvented and improved upon a little bit. Here is a wonderful example.

Two young engineers have come up with a new version of an object as simple as the cardboard box, and they have been very successful. As you can see in the video, what they have named “The Rapid Packing Container” is a box that uses 20% less cardboard, which means saving on materials, and is far easier to open and close because it doesn’t have a lid. It is also much easier to re-use. Great idea!

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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Intelligent windows to control light and heat

February 4, 2014

Berkeley Lab has created a new type of intelligent window that uses nanocrystals to control the light that is allowed to enter and room temperature.

We’ve all seen glass that allow you to control their transparency, so that they may become completely opaque.

But this is taking things one step further. The glass on these new windows is made up of two layers: one crystal made up of niobium oxide and another thin layer made of indium tin oxide nanocrystals. The latter allows windows to block up to 35% of infrared light passing through the glass, which produces heat.

This new window model is another small step in the development of intelligent life for our homes and offices.

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