2013-10-25 / Columnists

IDEAS WANTED

Rockaway
By Rick Horan

Here’s A potpourri of ideas from tech to canine to stimulate your creative juices… A Washing Machine That Uses Tiny Beads Instead Of Water To Remove Stains

The washing machine looks normal: you load clothes, let the machine do the work, and then take them out to dry. However, instead of using water, tiny nylon beads suck up stains. It takes loads up to 44 pounds per cycle (that is a lot of laundry...) and gets rid of stains from mud to red wine to ballpoint pens. - Xeros Ltd.

Replacing Annoying CAPTCHA Codes With Advertisements

The Idea: You know those boxes of faded letters you sometimes have to type in to access a site? Originally designed to prevent "malicious programs" from invading website content, Solve Media has transformed them into an ad unit.

Instead of seeing randomly generated letters, you are given a phrase that advertises a product or service. This way, you learn about a brand - studies report that people remember phrases more when they repeat them - and online content remains free. - Ari Jacoby, Founder and CEO, Solve Media

Controller-Free Whole Body Gaming Experience

Kinect is an add-on for the Xbox 360, with one cable that you plug into the Xbox. Kinect has three lenses - an RGB video camera, an infrared projector, and a distance and depth sensor - enabling users to control the Xbox without a game controller.

It works by calculating and detecting the position and movement of 48 principle joints in your anatomy, including those of your head, hands, torso, and knees. Kinect has 3D vision, overlaying input from the camera with input from the depth sensor and four built-in microphones that monitor the room for your voice, allowing you to control your Xbox 360 using only voice commands. - Microsoft

Don't Google And Read Information, Google And Watch It

Qwiki is an information experience and reference tool that you can actually watch and interact with, rather than just read. It's like Wikipedia, but instead of text, it brings you quick, minute-long videos, as well as an array of graphics and narration.

Qwiki's enormous platform can be produced from any content and on any device. The technology works by evaluating then compiling different kinds of information, including rich text, structured data and mixed media. Unlike other information resources, Qwiki is generated by machines, which perhaps explains its futuristic look and feel.

Qwiki transmits information via storytelling, in a way that is almost human. Although a lot of the information comes from Wikipedia, Qwiki is also building its own media index, and the reference library, which started with 3 million topics, should reach tens of millions in the next couple years. - Doug Imbruce and Louis Monier

A $150 Wonder Pen With A USB Drive That Records Every Written And Audible Word

The Pulse Smartpen is a nifty tool that transforms your handwritten notes and audio recordings into interactive Flash videos, called pencasts that can be embedded into any website.

The pen has a microphone and builtin speaker to record audio. It also has a camera that captures everything you write and draw. Once all of the audio/written notes have been recorded by the $150 1GB wonder pen, you can hook the device up to your computer via USB and transfer the files. Then, just copy and paste the HTML into a website or blog.

You can also share pencasts directly on Facebook, save your notes as PDF files, or export your recordings into an audio file. - Livescribe

Dogs with Eyebrows

It leads an internet trend when someone posted his dog’s picture with eyebrows onto the internet and this funny image has attracted many followers. - Unknown

So what’s YOUR idea? Share it with me at RickHoran@IdeasImprov.com and check out ITunes. Just search Ideas Wanted and enjoy a free podast!

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