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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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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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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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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K'nex Innovation is BACK.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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Looking for a knex grenade that actually explodes?

Please, someone suggest and leave a link of an actually functioning knex grenade? I'd be happy if someone could..

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Knex Gun Ideas (All Welcome)

It seems more over the years that the Knex guns' evolution is slowing down. People are not sharing their ideas with others in fear of others copying their ideas. There is nothing wrong with others modding your guns. The only way Knex guns are going to keep improving is if we all post ideas on how to make a more innovative gun. I would like everyone to post any ideas no matter how bad you may think they were. Drawing and Pictures would help greatly. You don't know it but a design that you gave up on someone else might be able to make it work.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Revolutionary Knex Gun Competition 1

The Challenge: Make a firing knex weapon without elastic bands. Weapons that use elastics are allowed to be entered, but each instance of elastic use will reduce its chances of winning. A weapon that was created before the beginning of the contest will also decrease its chances of winning. Rules: You may enter as many knex weapons as you like. Criteria (in order of importance) -Performance -Innovation -Appearance Deadline: May 1st. Judging: I'll pick the winner. Rewards: The winner will receive my 5 star rating on their slideshow or instructable. The real prize, however, is the satisfaction of winning. The winning weapon will be announced in a forum shortly after May 1st. Entering The Contest: Post a link on this forum to enter. I will be posting a new contest near the beginning of each month until further notice.

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Looking for an Electrical Engineer and an Angel Investor or a Business Specialist (in SF Bay Area preferably) to partner with on a high dollar ($500M) value project

I am Mechanical Engineer in SF Bay area an have a series of patent pending revolutionary industrial pumps. The project has gone through hydraulic and mechanical design iteration and looks very promising. These equipment require electric hardware and circuitry design as their driving mechanism which is technically a smart integrated motor. So if you have experience and/or willing to get deep in this area that would be very desired. I am looking for motivated and committed partners and will equally split the profit and share of the business. This patent pending project has a potential to grow up to 500 million to a billion dollar; these numbers are coming from the current competitors that have an inferior product!   I'll ask you to sign an NDA before we get going. Please contact me here or at bk.amir at gmail com. Regards, Amir 408 585 8115

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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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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 are some recent topics to make an innovative electronics project?

I'm not sure whether i can ask such type of queestions here or not , I am interested in analog electronics,microelectronics,semiconductors .What can be some innovation i can contribut to elctronics. Any help would be recommended.

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Construct Houses with DISCARDED PLASTIC BOTTLES

Check out the New innovation in construction using discarded plastic bottles...Think it is not strong enough ? heres the link to the instructable..https://www.instructables.com/id/New-Innovation-in-Construction-using-Waste-Plastic/

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Wearable Technology

Which is the most innovative wearable technology till date?

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What is a good, unique K'Nex gun? Answered

I've looked at KillerK, nothing special. All of the so-called "K'Nexperts" just have a lot of pieces. 90% of all guns are basically the same, same trigger, same magazine, same firing pin, etc. Something that works, is fun, and not overhyped. Something that would almost fit in with Nerf, but can't have a truckload of pieces and broken pieces. Do that, and I will be impressed.

Question by DB2016   |  last reply


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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Instructables in the New York Times - In a Highly Complex World, Innovation From the Top Down

Instructables, and my Purple Shoes got a nice mention in the New York Times here.In a Highly Complex World, Innovation From the Top Downby G. PASCAL ZACHARYUSER-GENERATED content - from Wikipedia to YouTube to open-source software - is generating waves of excitement. But the opening of innovation to wider numbers of people obscures another trend: many of the most popular new products, like the iPod, are dominated by a top-down, elite innovation model that doesn't allow for customization."New technologies are becoming so complex that many are beyond the possibility of democracy playing a role in their development," said Thomas P. Hughes, a science and technology professor at the University of Pennsylvania.Consider: Electronic implants into human bodies; gene-splicing as common as cosmetic surgery; computer networks mining vast databases to discern consumer preferences. All of these innovations are the result of corporate or government initiatives overseen by elites."The process of innovation leaves out a huge proportion of the population," said Daniel Sarewitz, director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.To be sure, experts like Eric von Hippel, a management professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argue that the proliferation of "user-generated" designs signals the "democratizing" of innovation. Armed with inexpensive digital tools and networks, ordinary people, he says, can band together to push their own innovations. They also can hijack existing technologies, taking them in directions only dimly envisioned by the original creators.One example is an electronic community called Instructables whose participants share methods for customizing standard products in unpredictable ways. The chief of Instructables, Eric J. Wilhelm, who earned his doctorate at M.I.T., where he was inspired by Mr. von Hippel, has posted a clever means of turning a white Asics Gel-Foundation 7 running shoe into a purple model. (The $90 official version comes only in a white-black-and-blue combination.)Today's Web-savvy consumers "expect innovations to meet their needs," Mr. Wilhelm says. "If innovation isn't tailored to them, they expect to be able to tailor it to themselves. That is a big change."But does this really mean that elites no longer sit at the top of the innovation food chain?"Elites have a lot of leverage but less than they used to," says Peter Leyden, director of the New Politics Institute in San Francisco. "More people are getting their voices heard." Mr. Leyden sees an emergent American "republic of innovation," where growing numbers of people influence what innovations are made and when.Skeptics, however, say that the rosy scenario is exaggerated and that user-generated innovation is merely a kind of "democracy lite," emphasizing high-end consumer products and services rather than innovations that broadly benefit society."Difficult questions are going unasked about who is participating in innovation and on what terms," says James Wilsdon, director of the innovation program at Demos, a think tank in London.In that scenario, needed innovations can be overlooked. For example, huge amounts of money are spent on improving Web search engines or MP3 players, while scant attention is given to alternative energy sources. Battling diseases like AIDS or Alzheimer's - efforts that lobbying groups in wealthy countries help highlight - attract legions of well-financed innovators, while big global killers, like childhood diarrhea and sleeping sickness, are ignored.Popular pressure to pursue certain innovations sometimes gets results, of course. In 2004, voters in California passed a law lavishly funding a stem-cell research institute - in a rebuke to the Bush administration, which has banned federal funding for such research. "This was a great example of a democratic adjudication of an innovation issue," Mr. Sarewitz of Arizona State said. Even so, bureaucratic and legal delays have meant a slow start for the San Francisco lab, which has not yet received approval to spend any of the $3 billion in promised taxpayer funds.The California example suggests that the balance between expert leadership and mass influence is hard to achieve. The underlying complexity of many innovations demands an ever-rising technological literacy from the public, and yet such an outcome "is a dream that will not likely come to pass," insists Mr. Hughes, a visiting professor at M.I.T.For all the hoopla over the power and promise of user-generated content, consumer-directed design and other hallmarks of our new golden era of democratized innovation, one of the iconic products of our times - the iPod - can't be customized (no, I'm not counting putting on different-colored protective jackets). There is an unbroken line between Henry Ford (with his Model T) and Steve Jobs. The new iPhone similarly reflects the elite, corporate innovator's drive to find one size that fits many.The cliche that committees can't create great ideas, or art, still seems to be true - though whether or not that is the best way to innovate remains an open question. Who knows how much longer?

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D3CRYPT3D won SXSW Interactive Innovation Award for Privacy & Security

Hey everyone! For a long time, being a modeler and working in the industry, I have always felt that Modelers get the short end of the stick.  Things get re textured, models get hijacked and studios just kind of store models and stock pile them up. Some people will even resell models that don't belong to them. I used to see it all the time. Well, my crew and I came out with a software that enables you to share and collaborate on your 3D files securely. We won the SXSW Innovation Award for Privacy & Security last month and just released our beta this week.  We would love for you all to try it out and give us your feedback so that we can make the best product possible.  If you are interested, here is the link to download -   www.d3crypt3d.net/downloadnow/ Thank you!

Topic by D3CRYPT3D 


Awesome Shotguns (true shotguns only)

This is a topic where you can post your true shotgun and videos about it. No crappy single shot shotguns allowed in this topic. Have fun and spread the word. =~)

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No Knexing for a while

I was planning on posting about 4-5 new 'Ibles but yesterday I fractured my elbow  and split my shoulder joint, therefore rendering me useless. It will be 2 months untill they will be done but i assure you it will be worth waiting for.

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Check out the knex gun contest

Most Innovative K'nex Gun Design Contestthere is a brilliant Knex Gun Contest with Eric offering a spy camera for a prize. i chalenge YOU!! all SOE Operatives to build the best knex gun you can and post an instructable of it here and at the contest!!! the contest is at Most Innovative K'nex Gun Design Contest and the forum is at Most Innovative K'nex Gun Design Contestand with knex we can rule the world!!!!

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What Are Your Favorite Inventions?

Just to help me get inspired, I thought it would be a good Idea to ask you guys what your favorite inventions/innovations are. My favorites are the cotton candy machine, the lightbulb, and the telegraph.

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Can you help me in finding a manipulative, innovative, creative and eco-friendly science fair project?

This is for my open house project next month and I have to pass a project plan this week. Please help me.

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KI is down.

I have been trying to get to K'nex Innovation, but it doesn't allow me to go to the site. It just says, "Oops! Google Chrome could not find knexinnovation.net". Can some of the people who manage the site (oodalumps, mepain, and crestind) please help?

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