Archive for the "Ideas" category

Transparent solar panels to replace glass

October 22, 2014

Researchers in Michigan State University have developed a solar collector that is completely transparent, so much so that it could become a perfect replacement for the traditional glass we use in so many appliances: windows, building roofs, gadget screens, etc.

While traditional photovoltaic modules, commonly known as solar panels, are made up of a group of photovoltaic cells that produce electricity from light in direct contact with them, this new system uses microscopic, organic molecules that absorb specific light wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye. The photovoltaic solar cells are placed on the ends of these transparent collectors, which is where light captured is transformed into electricity that we can use.

This innovative development is a great step forward that could change the way we obtain solar power, helping us to make the most of this energy source on almost any surface.

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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Three innovative ideas for your car

October 9, 2014

A programmable heater for the car that allows you to increase the temperature and defrost the windshield before you step in the car.

It works with a rechargeable battery and can be programmed to activate up to 20 minutes before you enter the car, thanks to a remote controller.

Pioneer Corporation has presented NavGate, an augmented reality GPS that is projected onto the windshield and measures approx. 70cm, allowing drivers to follow navigation indications more comfortably.

A portable tire pump – simple and useful, it will mean not having to stop at the service station to pump your tires. At some point in time, we’ve all wanted to have one of these in the car.

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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The chair you can “take with you” anywhere you go

September 25, 2014

What if you can’t sit down for long hours? This is the question that inspired the creator of Chairless Chair: the long hours he had to spend standing up, even during breaks, while working for a courier company.

Its design seeks to make life easier for people who need to spend long hours standing up, something that causes physical and even mental exhaustion. Chairless Chair’s structure is made of aluminum and carbon fiber with a total weight of 2kg, so you won’t even know you are wearing it while you move.

In order to sit down, all you need to do is press a button that will fix the structure’s position, capable of bearing a weight of 100kg in each leg.

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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Innovative light grid to avoid falling off your bike at night

September 23, 2014

Lumigrids is a fantastic idea to protect cyclists from falling off their bikes in low visibility conditions.

This time the idea isn’t to warn other vehicles of the proximity of a bicycle, as was the case with LightLane, which created your very own bike lane. The idea here is a projected grid in front of the bike that shows any possible uneven parts on the road surface, which might cause a fall. If the surface is uneven, the grid loses its shape and warns the rider, as can be seen in the picture.

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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Smart shoes that vibrate to give you directions

September 18, 2014

Of all the wearables available in the market (watches, necklaces, rings, glasses, shirts…), shoes have been the last to join the bandwagon, and when they finally have, they have done so through Indian company Ducere Technologies, who have designed these smart sneakers called LeChal.

These smart shoes vibrate in the left or right foot depending on the direction we need to take to reach our destination. As simple as that. And thanks to its mobile app, which connects to the shoes via bluetooth, we can set our route before we start running.

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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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.

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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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!

María Mazariegos from ideas4all

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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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