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Created with the visually impaired in mind but useful to everyone, the bump mark bio-reactive label will change texture as the food within begins to spoil. The bump mark will be used with existing packaging, and will be made up of a layer of gelatin (which decays at the same rate as other proteins) coated over a bumpy plastic sheet. The sheet will feel smooth at first, but as the gelatin ages and becomes less solid, the bumps will begin to emerge. The gelatin will be applied in...
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The vision implants will let some people do away with reading glasses by automatically adjusting to bring near objects into focus. The vision implants will be implanted in just ten minutes using topical anesthesia. The key to the technology will be the inlay, an extremely thin ring with an opening in the center that will be placed beneath the surface of the cornea. The inlay will be able to adjust automatically to focus the light entering the eye - much like a camera's aperture -...
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A new technology able to automatically identify different type of plastic could significantly speed up the sorting process while also reducing instances of human error. The system will identify the plastic types by exposing the pieces to a flash of light, which will cause them to fluoresce. That light will then be read by photoelectric sensors, which will measure how long it takes the fluorescent light to fade. Since the polymer materials used to make plastic items have specific...
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By capturing wavelengths invisible to the human eye, it is possible to create transparent solar panels that will be placed on windows or device screens without blocking the view. The technology will be based around small, organic molecules able to absorb sunlight wavelengths invisible to the human eye. These materials will be tuned to pick up just the ultraviolet and the near infrared wavelengths that then 'glow' at another wavelength in the infrared. The trapped light waves will...
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By boosting the cells' performance with a coating of perovskite, it is possible to develop spray-on solar cell technology that will be both efficient and affordable. Spray-painted solar cells have been being manufactured for some time now by using organic semi-conductors, but their efficiency has been traditionally very low. However, I suggest developing a spray-on technology that will use perovskite. It will create very little waste and can be scaled up to high-volume...
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Designed with freelance and other independent workers in mind, the desktop assistant will help the user develop more efficient work habits. Featuring an inviting squishy top and a small LCD screen, the device concept will use gamification to help individuals manage their time. By accessing the user's online organization systems, such as apps and calendars, the device will create a to do list based on the user's own input. Throughout the day, it will display messages on its screen:...
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04/14/2014
The body dryer will be designed to replace germy and environmentally unfriendly bathroom towels with a more environmentally sound solution--compressed ionized air. The body dryer will be equipped with angled vents that will be adjusted according to the needs, or size, of the user. The arrangement of the vents will send a cylindrical tunnel of compressed air up from the footplate to dry the individual in about 30 seconds, with no towel required. The air temperature will be adjusted...
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The idea is to investigate ways to make objects 'invisible' to earthquakes by applying some of the same principles involved in the light-bending cloaking technique used to render objects invisible. The cloaking technique works by bending light of specific frequencies around the object meant to be hidden. I propose the idea of drilling a precisely tuned system of boreholes around an earthquake-prone city (or vital building like a power plant or hospital). In theory, the boreholes...
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To take some of the guesswork out of waxing skis, the smart skis from will be equipped with microchips that will allow the user to know exactly where they should apply the wax. For elite cross-country skiers, the placement of the wax can make the difference between a gold medal and an honorable mention. The smart skis will feature an embedded microchip that will contain information about the ski's design and material, which can be accessed via the accompanying app. When the user is...
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The dry erase notebooks will combine the flexibility and convenience of paper with the green-friendly, reusability of whiteboards into one portable bundle. The notebook line will covers a range of sizes, from the small 3"x 5" to the large 11"x 17". Each notebook will contain 25 sheets of white paper that will be coated using a UV gloss spray technique to create an exceptionally smooth writing surface, which will be the key to an enjoyable writing experience. The notebooks can be...
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