IDea Selection

InnovationTools reviews how firms could be able to discover new ideas to reach innovation, exemplifying Disney "Gong Show" method and Google idea management system! Most of Disney famous cartoons and Google lovely applications came out of intimate and fair meetings, discussing different ideas of employees, expressed freely and heard unbiasedly. So if there is right people in the selection team - those broad-minded people in touch with markets and customer needs - with well-conceived criteria, it would guarantee those 2 or 3 brilliant breakthrough ideas. There is," no wonder idea selection is fast becoming an established and essential best practice of firms seeking to imbed innovation into their cultures."

VIA [ InnovationTools ]


People's Airbag

Tokyo-based company - Prop - presents a new kind of safety gadget for the people who are prone to get injured - being old or have some disability or special kind of disorder like epilepsy - at H.C.R Exhibition in Japan. The device is strapped around the body - with 2 pockets of airbags behind the head and hips - and inflates in less than a second if it detects accelaration towards ground. Due to large elderly population in Japan, this new designed airbag could provide more physical independent and secure life for such people and that would be a kind of relief for their relatives. But it doesn't support old if falling forward, and that is a big problem. And the question that comes to my mind is that, what if preventing falling down and keeping old (wo)man standing straight?!

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Tongue Drive

Recently I saw on TV some special eye-mouse that people with disabilities could click when wink. I truly believe that IDesign can and must be helpful for people with any kind of disability - in collaboration with scholars from other fields of sciences; add to this my personal interest, eager and desire to think of new ways of aiding disabled people thru Design. This Tongue Drive , developed by Maysam Ghovanloo at Georgia Tech, is on the same way. Attaching a magnet the size of a grain of rice to an individual tongue lets tongue motion direct the movement - of a cursor or a wheelchair. Magnetic-field sensors mounted on a headset outside the mouth detect movement of magnetic tracer. Sensor-output signals are then transmitted to the computer to be processed. Tongue Drive in action(film): moving wheelchair ; and Maysam speaks on the Tongue Drive system