Creativity and innovation

Hi, Do you have any idea how to upgrade from the things that we already owned. It is not from waste product. I would like to try to upgrade the things. For example, I have an umbrella, then I want to add a small fan into that umbrella, so whenever the user use that umbrella at blazing-outdoor, he/she can fell the cold.  But, I do not  want to take part in programming and complex mechanical part. I really want to try something simple more example and it is better if can help other's. Thanks !

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Collaboration, Innovation

I have a nice, (almost!) ready to use house in sub-urban Tampa close to everything! with a huge yard, garage, roof, EMPTY that I have tried to offer to a few small groups of semi-makers, who immediately put a contract under my nose limiting access to all others for 5 years while they make money there. NO NO NO     Where are all the woodworking, electronic robotic/arduino contolling aqua/permaculturist  hackers with great organizational skills that want to collaborate, innovate, grow their own food while mentoring their own and others' kids in S T E A M and maybe incubating new businesses like rainwater diverting, alternative energy material, exploring new and old skills and practices that make sense and keep our money home.? My son and I attended a conference put on by the extension service of the U of FL which basically told of so many opportunities available right now for back yard businesses to be allowed under the Best Management Practices umbrella. But noone is telling the citizens about this. We have to seek and find ourselves. I'm ready. Any farmers or fisherman out there that want to try something different for a season?

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Knex innovations is down.

Just tried getting on there and it's down. maybe forgotten to pay for the site. btw check out my site: it's for video tutorials www.elliottstutorials.com

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K'nex Innovation is BACK.

No need to worry anymore. We are back.http://www.knexinnovation.net/

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Innovative Project Ideas?

I want some innovative electronic project ideas which I can make and are useful and not just hobby projects.It may use a microcontroller or it may not use one.

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new innovation project...

Hello.. i'm electrical engineering student.. i have been asked by my lecturer to create an innovative creations related to electrical engineering fo my final project.. The invention is not necessarily new. it can be produced from existing product but has been modified to be something innovative.. Can anyone give me some ideas for this innovation product or something related to the electrical engineering???

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Any Innovative Ideas ?

Hi I'm a final year engineering student. I need to do a project. For me it must some what interesting at the same time it must be helpful for society. So I decided to do a device or machine that should be useful to people. For that I'm asking you guys.      Do you ever have a thought that in your daily routine work that "it will be nice if we have a device for that" .something else friends . Please let me know. I'll do that. If it is your innovation then it'll be nice and I make it creativity.

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INNOVATIVE KNEX SAFE

CONTEST EDIT!! first person to figure out the mech and build it gets kudos from me!! :D Whats this, a SAFE? I've seen hundreds of these, you can just pull the door open or easily pick the lock. Wait, thers no TUMBLERS! How can that be? That must be new! WELL IT IS BRAND SPANKIN NEW AND HAS NEVER EVER BEEN DONE BEFORE!!!!!!!! A secure knex safe that opens with a KEY! and its a very specific key. ONLY 1 KEY WORKS ALL THE OTHERS WILL NOT TURN! Tis is truely my most innovative creation EVER! If you do not like this, your a hater! I am going to be inactive so criticize me if you want it wont do anything. BEST THINGY EVER TRY TO BUILD FROM THE PICS IF YOU CAN! AHAHAHAHHAAHA I will put up a video soon.   Sorry it's gone so no instructions :(   If anyone wants to build this please check out zbrown2016's instructable. It is very simmilar and I believe he did a great job on trying to replicate my prototype from the few pictures I've posted.  

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generate electricity on application of wt without piezoelectric materials?

A mat which generates electricity when people walk over it. it should be of normal ground leb=vel with no extra height and no smart materials being used.

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2009 Governor's Innovation Summit

Sorry for the delay in getting this posted. Thought to share. WHAT: A daylong discussion with Idaho's technology industries and the Governor's Innovation Council.David Chase (PCS Edventures) is up for Innovator of the year! WHEN: Today (Thursday) Sep 24 8:00a to 9:00pWHERE: Boise State University: Stueckle Sky Center, Boise, ID ADMISSION: The Innovation Summit is open and free to the public!PRESS RELEASE: http://gov.idaho.gov/mediacenter/press/pr2009/prsep09/pr_065.html

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1970s animated series -innovation

Does anyone here remember an animated series ca 1970somethin, in which a group of people travels back to the dinosaur age and harness geysers, crack rocks by soaking wood wedges in water etc? Kinda silly but fun.

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NY Times Innovation Contest

The NY Times is currently having an Innovation Contest in which they are asking people to share some of their personal innovations. The winners are going to have their project featured in a special issue of the NY Times. I suspect there may be some people around here with innovations to share.

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Probem Statment for innovation/invention

Im currently enrolled in an Engineering design and development class for school. The class is broken into groups and each group comes up with a problem statement. Each group then works on the project in depth all year. My group is having a hard time coming up with problems that need solving. Some of our ideas are: Space efficiency alternate uses for "X" materials clean transportation/energy Any ideas are welcome and much appreciated Thanks-Nick

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User Innovation Talk at Google

This past Monday, Feburary 12th, I gave a talk titled "Getting to Open-Source Hardware" at Eric Von Hippel's MIT Innovation Lab Meeting at Google. Eric's research focuses on user innovation where he has found that users rather than manufacturers are the actual developers of most new products and services. My talk gave a brief introduction to Instructables and then did a case study on the K'Nex guns as a community that is building open-source hardware in much the same way Zeroprestige was before we started Instructables. Check out the PDF of my slides.

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We are "the dark matter of innovation"

That's what MIT's Eric von Hippel calls communities like this one. What the hell am I talking about? Check out this article. NY Times Article "How to Improve It? Ask Those Who Use It"So with the ol' Intertubes, more ideas can bubble up from the unwashed masses. I think it's freakin' great. I'd love to see a whole Diamond Age of quality knowledge culled from all areas. So what say you?

Topic by fungus amungus 


K'nex Innovators Contest - Information

Alright, so Oblivitus and I are trying to kickstart the community back up. We have three planned ways to do it so far. First, we're making a wiki of guides to all the different parts of K'nex weapon building to try and aid newbs. Secondly, we're gonna go on a mass advertising campaign across other websites and wherever possible to encourage new people to try K'nexing. Finally, we'll be holding a series of challenges in a grand contest to encourage innovation. The format for these will be simple: we'll present you a concept, you all go out and try to make the best build of that concept possible. The idea here is that not only will we try to innovate, but we'll try to perfect one concept at a time instead of just dabbing here and there, sweeping promising, yet underdeveloped concepts under the rug. We'll mix up the challenges as need be, such as allowing teams for more complicated builds, perhaps extending time limits, etc. Else, we're hoping to keep pumping out the challenges at a steady rate and see who can win the most. Perhaps we'll eventually have one final grand challenge with a bigger prize. So I'm simply curious who we all got here so far that'll participate. Just post with what you think the time limit should be for each challenge. Again, the idea is to allow enough time to perfect concepts but be steadily producing these concepts. So, do you think one week, for example, would be adequate? We'll adjust time limits as need be, but I figured we'd set a default so that you know what to expect. Also, if you would like to suggest any concepts, I'll add them to a nominations list. You can nominate as many as you want. For each challenge, you'll be allowed one vote for those on the nomination list and then we'll tackle the concept with the most votes for the next challenge. Nominations: -Nada, suggest something, anything, though I'd request some thought and nothing impossible sounding. By the way, if any veterans would like to help edit the Wiki, join at wikispaces.com and send me your username there. I'll add you to the members list so you can edit articles. I require only those who can create quality, objective pages. Grammar should be near perfect and there should be absolutely no opinions.

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im willing to continue KIC

I have alot of free time on my hands right now and am willing to do the knex innovation contest. but this time my way. nothing really changes except the grading system and video length. some chanllenges will be hard and some easy. please tell me if you are intrested or willing to compete

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KICHAT

This could be you!

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KI is down.

Well, it happened again. Knex innovation is down. 404 down. I was going to the one and only place where i knew a link was for Kichat, and BLAM it's down. Who knew?

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Is there a DIY activity that involves light/LED that can capture people's attention to DIY in 10mins?

I would like to begin an innovation class with an activity that catches the attention of the public, but very quick and that anyone can solve, showing that DIY and the maker mindset is for everyone and that it is empowering! I think all people like lights, that's why I thought of LEDs...

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Knex innovation, when does it end?

As of right now there's 4 individual topics on the first list of topics, each containing the words Knex innovation... ISN'T 4 A BIT MUCH?!?!?

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help me make an innovative thing?

Hai friends,                   i want to create an innovative thing. i am having the components as listed below 1.12volt solar panel 2. Breadboard 3.5v voltage regulator 4.batttery 5.inverter 6.mobile display. with th help of these what can i create. please give me some good ideas

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Error in the "Animal Innovations Contest" Description

Sorry to be that dude, but there is a letter missing in the below paragraph from the "Animal Innovations Contest." Did you know that owning a pet can make you happier and healthier? Return the favor and make something for you pet in the Animal Innovations Contest! There are lots of creative ways you can care for your pet using technology and DIY skills, from automating their food and water distribution to baking fresh dog treats at home. Just shared this to be helpful, good day. -NK P.S. I still exist, lol.

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Customers increasingly drive firms' innovations

Instructables got a nice mention in an article about customer innovation by the Columbia Tribune.Customers increasingly drive firms' innovationsby Mary PaulsellHow many times have you complained about a product or service and then dismissed your unhappiness with a shrug and a comment: "If they had asked me about this, I could have told them ... but, well, they didn't ask me."Well, they're starting to.Consumer-driven innovation - or simply asking what customers want - has gained traction in recent years. Seems rather obvious, doesn't it? But for many decades, consumer goods and services were designed around what company executives and business owners thought we wanted.Now, not only are they asking us more about what we want, in many cases they are asking us to design products ourselves, often taking the old-fashioned focus group into the new technological age using online communities and social networking....Another very fun site is Instructables.com, where participants have formed a community to share ideas about customizing and improving upon common products. The CEO of Instructables is an MIT graduate who studied under a fellow named Eric von Hippel, who is the guru in the field known as democratized innovation - the bottom-up method of product development and improvement.More news and press about Instructables here.

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MOSI's Idea Faire - Innovators Wanted!

The MOSI Idea Faire is a two-day inaugural celebration of human creativity and innovation featuring a convergence of robotics, video gaming, science, engineering and makers. Participants in Idea Faire will find inspiration through interactive activities, gaming competitions, technology workshops and make-and-take building projects. Participants will also enjoy electronic music shows, performance art, high-tech fashion, robot races and presentations by experts and innovators. The sharing of ideas and experiences will be at the very heart of Idea Faire as students demonstrate science and engineering projects in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) area while makers teach others how to create new technologies to improve the way we live, learn, work and play. How to participate?   Become an exhibitor at MOSI’s Idea Faire. FREE to participate as an exhibitor (and only $50 if you want to sell a product), we are looking for innovators in Gaming, Robotics, Design, Technology, Music and Art. Event Details: Your exhibitor booth will include a 6ft table, 2 chairs, and WiFi internet access. Any other needs must be brought in by exhibitor or may be available for an extra charge. Please contact Kim Chavez at kim.chavez@mosi.org  or 813-987-6030 for any questions on your vendor booth. Application Process: We invite businesses, groups, educational institutions, makers, innovators and clubs to participate in our Idea Faire. Anyone interested in participating must send in an application before Oct. 15, 2012. You can download an application by clicking here. *Please note that this is a PDF document that allows you to fill out, save and email as an attachment without having to print it. All you have to do is fill out the form, save a copy to your computer, click on the email link for Kim Chavez, attach your completed form to the email and send. You can also print and fax if you like.   Please contact Kim Chavez at 813-987-6030 or kim.chavez@mosi.org for more information or to obtain an exhibitor application.

Topic by mosidevelopment 


Innovative solar powered radiator - will it work?

Ok, so i live in a rented flat (apartment) in London UK. Its a small flat but its old and doesn't have a gas heating system so i'm stuck using expensive electricity especially as the windows are single glazed and winter is on the way! Brrrrr! I desperately need a cheap and effective heatsource Now I know solar water heaters can be suprisingly effective even in the cold and that got me thinking. I have a south facing garden. Couldn't I use the sun to heat the flat? Specifically, I was thinking, can I use a solar water heater to heat an insulated water tank, then use the tank to heat a radiator after dark? (See diagram below) Bear in mind in temperature during the day at the moment is 11 degrees. Will enough heat be generated to make the system viable? I.e. will the water heat the tank hot enough during the day to keep the room warmish for a evening? Other pressing questions: Do i need a commercial panel or will an instructables model work? Oil filled radiator or water filled? Will it auto-siphon or will i need a pump? cheers a million guys and gals!!!

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Paper Batteries

Has anyone read anything about the up and coming Paper (thin) batteries ? Paper Batteries: A paper battery is a flexible, ultra-thin energy storage and production device formed by combining carbon nanotubes with a conventional sheet of cellulose-based paper.A paper battery acts as both a high-energy battery and supercapacitor, combining two components that are separate in traditional electronics. This combination allows the battery to provide both long-term, steady power production and bursts of energy. Non-toxic, flexible paper batteries have the potential to power the next generation of electronics, medical devices and hybrid vehicles, allowing for radical new designs and medical technologies.What do you think? Will it replace these monsters one day?

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The Kinetic Warbow (in progress)

So I got a lot of responses and It seemed to me that the TR would be the best choice for a gun to integrate with my semi auto.  However I would have to do this in a way that did not obstruct the firing process of the semi auto, and therefore I had to put the turret off to the side.  Using techniques from the D-TAB, I was able to integrate the same bow and, with a turret on each side.  These turrets do not sag like in the original D-TAB, and they can be wound in the same way that KILLERK's most recent TR is wound.  If I can, I will use a Swagboss-like trigger in order to isolate each shot, though only one pin will be pulled back.  Let me know what you think!

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New York Times - Whiteboard Innovation Challenge Winners

Earlier this year the New York Times held a Whiteboard Innovation Challenge which "invited readers to share an innovation that they have made in their daily lives", these innovation did not have to be physical prototypes, just ideas that would make the world a better place. The NYT commissioned all-star judges: Paola Antonelli (NY MoMA Curator), James Dyson (of Dyson Inc.), Ben Kaufman (Founder of Quirky) and Martha Stewart (Queenbee of homestead) to review the entries and each selected their own personal favourite. Hundreds of entries were submitted, only a few made it to the New York Times website. Of the four winners chosen for publication 3 of the winners were Instructables members: CEO of Instructables Eric Wilhelm's (ewilhelm) Toddler's Painting Station Editor of instructables Mike Warren's (mikeasaurus) Umbrella Light Prolific Instructables author Mark Langford's (kiteman) Beach Skates If you picked up the June 2012 Edition of the NYT Magazine the finalists are on the last page, along with a brief writeup from one of the judges on why that innovation was selected. See the scanned copy of the finalists below:

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WHAT SHOULD I BUILD? Answered

I am looking for something innovative to build out of knex, and a new type of weapon. I have already made the NAR, and I am bored. please make sure it does not have a high piece count.

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IDEAS???

'CMON, I thought this was the idea-thinktank? Where are all the ideas? You know, some say that those who can't do something are the best when it comes to innovating about that thing because they don't know the limits of what can and can't be done.... That's what the rest of us are here for.

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I'm in the New York Times!! (So are some other people you might know)

I'm in the New York Times magazine! After Randofo posted about their Innovation Contest, I submitted a few of my projects, and my beach-skates got chosen as a judges winner! OK, so they've reduced an entire instructable to two dozen words and and an icon, but I'm still in the second-largest newspaper on the planet! (Oh, and two others of the top four choices are also Instructablers...)

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Community Project Website

Hello All,  Recently, I came across this website for people to collaborate and create things for the community. I thought this would be a good place to share it. Many of us make things that benefit community, and we all have different backgrounds. This is a free website that we can post projects on, and can get crowdfunding. It seems legitimate, and is for sure worth a try. A friend of mine started the idea behind this website, if any of you guys have any ideas to work on in the community, you guys should give it a shot.    The website is: www.innovatebuild.org -rlingineni

Topic by rlingineni 


The K'nex Innovations Challenge (KIC) - Setup Topic

I think we all know how slowly things have been going for a while on this site, and I've been thinking, we need to encourage some innovation. So I'm holding a new competition, to see what we can get out of people when they have a bit more motivation. I'll need two impartial judges (to work with me), and a lot of contestants. The way this competition will work is as follows: The judges will mark each entry on a certain set of criteria, depending on the specification and brief for each round. There will be 5 rounds. The first round is free for anybody to enter. The 20 best-performing entries will move through to round two, with a new brief. The second round is only accessible to the top 20 from round one. The top 10 entries will make it through to round three. Round three will host 10 candidates, and the top 5 entries will proceed to round 4. Following round 4, the final three contestants will be chosen, and round five will be the final round/decider, and one winner will be chosen. The winner will recieve a prize (to be agreed upon with the judges), possibly pro membership, and will definitely recieve a dedicated forum topic congratulating them on their victory. Judges I will need a pair of judges who are willing to give up time to build creations, and are able to talk on Skype or MSN about the competition for judging purposes. The judges will be impartial to the competition (i.e. can't enter) and non-biassed. Please contact me here. As soon as the judges have been appointed and the topic and deadlines are chosen, I will post a topic signalling the start of round one. Please do not post any entries until the opening date as the entries will be produced to fit a brief agreed by the judges. Judge 1: The Jamalam Judge 2: DJ Radio Judge 3: Lowney I have nothing else to say, but any requests for briefs and applications for judge-hood are welcome. Round one is now live!

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Live Innovation Making (Energy DIY Electronic)

Simply it is meaning show how can do the a new Innovation by self with available material  and with cheap cost The message for Innovation not only Marketing and sells but also meaning how we can Enter the high Tec. and New technology in our live and How can dissemination the open knowledge What the benefits if we keep this innovations & high Tec. As patents  or prototypes if we can share it  with all people I think that is a Inventor Message And Here I will explain my Innovations (How Can Do It by Self With Available and Cheap Material) For more information you can visit: https://www.instructables.com/id/Live-Innovation-Making-DIY-Electronic/ Khaled Elnems

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Eric Wilhelm wins TR35 Innovation Award

Sharing your projects and ideas on Instructables is now officially a Big Idea. Eric just won the TR35 award for top innovators under 35 from MIT's Technology Review magazine for his work with Instructables; check out the press release below, and read about the other winners.I'm pretty psyched to be part of this site, as we're clearly doing something exciting and important -- it's especially neat to be an early adopter with the power to change the way society works.-- ChristyProject-Sharing Website Creator Named Top Young InnovatorSan Francisco, CA - August 19, 2008 -- Eric Wilhelm has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as one of the world's top innovators under the age of 35 for creating Instructables.com, the Internet's #1 project-sharing website.Instructables.com began as a way for Eric to document his engineering work and grad-school kitesurfing projects, and has evolved into a world-wide hub for documenting and sharing creative projects. The site's simple, elegant step-by-step format provides an intuitive platform that allows anyone to publish their project, complete with pictures, text, and embedded video.In a world of mass-produced culture, hand-making and personalizing is experiencing a resurgence, and people everywhere are reviving classic skills and technologies. Instructables is the hub of this movement, providing a social and interactive environment to demonstrate amazing projects and ideas. The site dramatically lowers the barrier to sharing projects, enabling crafters, modders, engineers, artists, cooks, bicyclists, and techies to gather and share their work freely, and where cross-pollination is actively encouraged."Everyone wants to be a creator, not just a consumer," Eric explains. "We bring passionate people together to learn from each other. Instructables makes it cool to be smart." Instructables is also a valuable educational resource. Parents and teachers rely on Instructables as a source of project ideas, and students maintain their personal portfolios at the site. By coupling old-fashioned tinkering with thoughtful discussion and long-distance collaboration, Instructables has begun to revolutionize learning and innovation.Eric Wilhelm and the other TR35 winners for 2008 will be featured in the September issue of Technology Review magazine and honored at the EmTech08 Conference. "The TR35 honors young innovators for accomplishments that are poised to have a dramatic impact on the world as we know it," said Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of Technology Review magazine, "We celebrate their success and look forward to their continued advancement of technology in their respective fields."About Eric Wilhelm:Eric earned his SB, SM, and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where he developed methods to print electronics and micro-electromechanical systems using nanoparticles. He co-founded Squid Labs, an innovation and design partnership, and a number of Squid Labs spin-off companies including Potenco, producing a human-powered generator for cell phones and laptops; Makani, an energy company seeking to harness high-altitude wind; OptiOpia, developing low-cost portable vision-testing and lens-fabricating devices; and Instructables, a collaborative how-to site that helps people document and share a process or skill. See Eric's How To Start A Business Instructable for the more detailed story.About Instructables.com:Instructables is the most popular Do It Yourself community on the Internet. Started in August 2005, Instructables provides accessible tools and publishing instructions to enable passionate, creative people to share their most innovative projects, recipes, ideas, and hacks. The site is currently home to over 14,000 projects covering such diverse areas as crafts, art, kids, electronics, pets, bikes, cars, robotics, green projects, and cooking.About Technology Review, Inc.:Technology Review, Inc., an independent media company owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the authority on the future of technology, identifying emerging technologies and analyzing their impact for leaders. Technology Review's media properties include Technology Review magazine, the oldest technology magazine in the world (founded in 1899); the daily news website TechnologyReview.com; and events such as the annual EmTech Conference at MIT. ContactsFor Instructables:Christy Canida, 510-931-5622press (at) instructables (dot) comFor Technology Review:Sarah Mees, 978-208-1499press (at) technologyreview (dot) com More news and press about Instructables here.

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Digital Open: An Innovation Expo for Global Youth

IFTF, Sun, and Boing Boing just launched Digital Open, and I'm proud to share that I'm helping judge entries."What can you make with technology that will change the world, make the future -- or even just make life a little easier or more fun?"Institute for the Future, in partnership with Sun Microsystems and Boing Boing, invite youth worldwide, age 17 and under, to join us as we explore the frontiers of free and open innovation. Running from April 15 until August 15, 2009, the Digital Open: An Innovation Expo for Global Youth will accept text, photos, and videos documenting projects at DigitalOpen.org from young people around the world, all licensed under one from a list of free and open software licenses.Youth can submit projects in a variety of areas, ranging from the environment, media, and community, to the more traditional open source domains of software and hardware. Additionally, the Digital Open will provide resources and links to help them learn more about free and open technology movements, from figures like Richard Stallman to organizations like Creative Commons."As a company that engages schools, teachers and students from around the world to discover the transformative power of open technology, we jumped at the opportunity to work with the Institute for the Future to conceive and create The Digital Open," said Linda Rogers, Sun Microsystems' Director of Global Communities. "From Buenos Aries to Beijing to Budapest, we know that global youth are capable of spurring remarkable creativity and innovation. The Digital Open will be a window for the world to be impressed and optimistic about what the next generation will bring."Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of the Institute for the Future emphasized the participatory nature of the project. "The Digital Open is more than just a competition," she says. "It's about recognizing and encouraging kids to follow their passions while giving them community experiences that further encourage or challenge their best thinking."As an online, open source interpretation of the traditional high school science fair or world expo, the project's social networking-driven website encourages collaboration, communication, and sharing ideas. On DigitalOpen.org, youth can converse with each other about their projects, submit entries together, and win a series of achievement badges that they can repost on their own blogs and websites.The top project in each of our eight categories will be selected by our panel of approximately 20 judges, includes David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of the Webby Awards; Lawrence Lessig, Harvard/Creative Commons; David Pescovitz, Boing Boing; and Dale Dougherty, publisher of Make.To give the talented young innovators public exposure beyond the Digital Open, Boing Boing, a culture and technology blog with millions of readers, will feature each winner in his or her own video for the site. All of us at Boing Boing Video are excited about the opportunity to cultivate youth innovation in open technology," says Xeni Jardin, Boing Boing Video Host and Executive Producer. "We hope that young makers will use the Digital Open to really show off their work--and to connect with like-minded digital explorers around the world."The winning young innovators will also receive a technology prize package including a PeeCee mini laptop running the OpenSolaris operating system, a video camera, a solar-powered flashlight, and other assorted goodies.Forty years ago, IFTF's founders imagined a world in which it would be possible to improve human lives and build better organizations by thinking systematically about the future. These were visionaries saw the power of using computers and networks to build collective intelligence. Harnessing the intelligence of large groups of experts to develop forecasts, using new open-source tools take forecasting to the next level--engaging vastly larger groups of experts and non-experts in immersive experiences that allow us to envision multitudes of future possibilities in a dynamic and continuous way. DigitalOpen.org is the third open, collaborative platform that IFTF has launched this year where the public can participate in imagining and inventing the future, and the first specifically targeting youth--the true future of innovation.Find out more at digitalopen.org.Digital Open Judges:Lawrence Lessig, Creative Commons, Stanford Law SchoolDavid-Michel Davies, Webby Awards, International Academy of Digital Arts & SciencesDale Dougherty, O'Reilly Media, MAKEBilly Bicket, TechSoup/NetSquaredSimon Dingle, Finweek MagazinePatricia Lange, USC Institute for Multimedia LiteracyEric Wilhelm, InstructablesXeni Jardin, Boing BoingDavid Pescovitz, Boing Boing/IFTFKati London, Botanicalls & Area/CodeThe Playtime Anti-Boredom SocietyNick Bilton, New York Times/NYC ResistorJane McGonigal, IFTFJessica Mah, IntershipIN.comHeather Ford, Africa CommonsIsaac Mao, CNBlog.org, United Capital Investment, Global Voices OnlineColin Bulthaup, PotencoOona Castro, Overmundo InstituteElizabeth Stark, Yale Information Society Project, Students for Free CultureAhrash Bissel, Creative Commons, ccLearnPhoebe Ayers, Author: How Wikipedia WorksKiruba Shankar, Knowledge FoundationLinda Rogers, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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How to invent something?

I want to invent something but I don't have any idea of invention. So where shall I start?

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Anybody looking for someone who has lots of ideas?

- I regularly come up with lots of ideas in a variety of fields, give me a problem and I can usually come up with a creative solution for it - I'm currently in college going for a degree in electrical engineering. - I live in Ferndale, MI and would prefer staying around here, but I can relocate. If you're genuinely interested, PM me and I'll send you all the information you'd want I'll even work the first week free, and if you want me to stay, I'll stay

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Has KI crashed? Answered

I was going to post a forum topic but I thought I'd give this a spin. The title is pretty much self-explanatory. I'm getting a General Error Message ever time I try and go to the site.

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JAR - Jollex's (Knex) Assault Rifle

 This is a really powerful single shot assault rifle I made recently.  I was going to post instructions on ibles but the instructable maker thing kept screwing up so I'll just link you guys to the instructions on KI: knexinnovation.net/forums/viewtopic.php

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Anybody looking for someone who has lots of ideas?

- I regularly come up with lots of ideas in a variety of fields, give me a problem and I can usually come up with a creative solution for it - I'm currently in college going for a degree in electrical engineering. - I live in Ferndale, MI and would prefer staying around here, but I can relocate. -I'm also pretty good at populating and soldering circuit boards together. -I'm getting my feet wet in coding -I've got a rock solid knowledge of CAD programs, CAM i could pick up pretty quick If you're genuinely interested, PM me and I'll send you all the information you'd want I'll even work the first week free, and if you want me to stay, I'll stay

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Biofuel bus-train-road

The Guided Busway Essentially, this is like a railway for buses- a narrow concrete "road" open only to modified buses, following the path of an old railway to link commuter destinations together. Supporters say it's more practical than a rail link (as buses can drive straight off the end into town roads), opponents say the concept is flawed and that building a traditional railway would be cheaper. The buses are apparently "100% biofuel powered", though I'm having a hard time finding out exactly where those biofuels come from. The future of transportation, or greenwashed white elephant? Update 30-03-2010: I thought I should update this in light of bassman's comments, and because of something I wrote last October: "the busway is due to open in a few weeks (so by our bureaucracy time, make that spring 2010)" Well, it's spring 2010 and this morning on the train to work I finally saw a bus on the busway.  It was marked "not in service" and was populated by half a dozen men in high-vis jackets, so I assume it was a test run of some sort, but at least there is life on it.  Maybe I'll be able to post more about it before 2011?

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Open Make Night -- Maker Show and Tell -- Interest?

HELLO everyone, I am looking to put together an event in Stockholm, Sweden, by and for maker and innovators, like those on this site. So is there any interest here? Are any of you in Stockholm? Do any of you want to travel to Stockholm in September and talk about your passions and activities? Lets start here, what do you have to say? Thanks and all the best!

Topic by joel 


Why the Advancements in Knex Gun Technology Have Stopped

     I, as many other members of the online k’nex gun making community may have, noticed that particular aspects of k’nex weaponry have stopped evolving. The very best k’nex guns of today are guns such as the TR18, the ZKAR, and other far shooting, rapid-fire guns. Now that’s fine, but other aspects of guns have stopped evolving, and innovation has been halted. This is ironic considering many of our communities best builders belong to forum with innovation in its name, and we have so many builders advocating innovation in everything they say. The reason for this lack of new ideas is that the members of our community are not sharing their ideas with each other and encouraging others to build off them. I will explain this theory in my following paragraph.       Out of everything that has been made in the world, it was all developed because people want to top each other and people build off of each other’s ideas and accomplishments. Unfortunately, this is not happening in the k’nex online community. The biggest example is the everlasting KI/Instructables rift that has separated k’nex builders since even before the creation of Knex Innovation. No knexer even thinks of sharing the guns they’re developing with a knexer of the opposing site. Even bigger than that though, is the reluctance to share ideas with anyone. How many times have you seen people anywhere saying that they are building a new gun, but they won’t share pictures because they’re scared of people copying them? This is what hampers all creativity and innovation. If people cannot build off the ideas of other people, we will never advance. Sure we’ve gotten this far off people’s successful ideas that they’ve posted, but imagine how far we could be if everyone shared their failures as well. We could fix the guns that others could not get to work. Imagine all the possibilities if every single mech anyone ever tried to make was open to the public to use and improve on. Now this happens not only in Instructables where everyone goes crazy if they think someone even slightly copied their gun, and never shares their ideas with others except for those rare collaborations. This also happens at KI where there is a whole “secret forum” that the most experienced builders and contest winners get to see, where they post their ideas where all the other builders can’t see them. This selfishness needs to end so that we can continue innovating and creating new guns and ideas.

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BTPA-7

 This is my newest project-the BTPA-7.  BTPA stands for bullet transfer pump action.  This gun brings out the new year of innovation, as it is my most innovative and successful gun yet.  It is a bolt action gun, making for superior efficiency, combined with a pump, making for a high ROF.  Unlike other bolt action guns, however, this gun uses a pusher to transfer the bullet to the firing chamber, and also unique to other bolt action guns, the bullet stays there until it is fired, no matter how you shake or tilt it.  Right now I have most of it done, but do not have the pieces for the ram guide, which is crucial to making the gun fire successfully, keeping the ram in tact as it is pulled back.   Here is a video of the bullet transfer system: And here is a video of the gun with the pump (I also removed some pieces that were getting in the way of the trigger so now it works perfectly) Let me know what you think.

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New name, new instructables

Hi everyone. My previous name 222222222539 was not only long and annoying but stupid and pointless, so I decided to change it to Electroinnovation. Also, from this point forward, I will only be bringing you technological and electrical instructables, starting with my compact electric scooter and multi-color bike underglow. I am currently awaiting for parts for both but I expect them to be finished within the next month. So from now on expect many great innovative instructables, most with very detailed instructions, coming from me about every month or so.

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K'nex Innovators Contest: discontinued until further notice

Can't be bothered to keep this contest going. If anyone else wants to run it or create their own, go for it. ~Point board~ Waffleman - 10 Kinetic - 9 Jollex - 4 Arjun - 3 Sharir - 3

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