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I'm Speechless... This Invention Can Change The World. Just Watch

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This video is currently going viral and has been seen by over 6 million people. A crowd funding campaign is currently underway for “Solar Roadways” which would essentially turn all roads into ways solar panels, which would end our reliance on oil.
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Mad. Which is what makes it so fascinating.

 

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When everyone says your tech idea is impossible, here’s what you do

When everyone says your tech idea is impossible, here’s what you do | Light Bulb Update - great ideas and innovation made real | Scoop.it
Here's how one entrepreneur used persistent problem-solving to turn a lot of rejection into a solid, well-backed startup.
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uBeam is bringing wireless charging to mobile devices, despite the founder being told many times that it was impossible.

 

Ask yourself 'how can I make it work?' not 'will it work or not?'

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2014 Technology Predictions: The Death of Tech?

2014 Technology Predictions: The Death of Tech? | Light Bulb Update - great ideas and innovation made real | Scoop.it
Technology has flourished as an industry by creating continuous substitutes for human processes and, lately, even for itself. Increasing compute power, storage and bandwidth - speeds and feeds- hav...
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This slightly wordy blog highlights that tech is breaking out of the vertical and becoming a part of everything - from fitness to clothing.  

 

The thought leaders in tech - from Elon  Musk, who built Paypal and now cars,  and Jeff Bezos, who built Amazon and is now into Robotics - are  cross-pollinating a range of industries with innovative tech ideas.

 

This idea of tech without boundaries, built in to every part of our lives, seemlessly, is one of the 'megatrends' for futurists and innovators. It may seem as much of a head-scratcher as 3D printers once were, but the computer is on its way out.

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18 pivotal web design trends for 2014

18 pivotal web design trends for 2014 | Light Bulb Update - great ideas and innovation made real | Scoop.it
What web design trends do you think we'll see in 2014? I'm betting on more simplicity, more cleanliness, and more focus on smaller screen sizes, among other things.
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For those not obsessing over their website, a round up of web design trends  - though 18 trends that we are going to notice and we need to care about is far too many for a lay user. 

 

Three key ones IMHO include one strategic and two design:

 

1. Mobile. Either start there, or go there, but you must be there. Mobile search is growing fast and will continue to.

2. Visuals not copy - use images or 'tiles' not paragraphs. If people want more they will click. It is the language of web.

3. Video for key short messages, ideally on the landing page as this also improves SEO. Video is the future of all comms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paul Albone's curator insight, January 22, 2014 4:30 AM

There is an interesting dilemma here if the trends ignore the business user which is still not 'touch' enabled but where at the end of the day we are all consumers and used to the touch small device experience in our personal lives.

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Microsoft innovate smart Bra to control anxiety - Culture Gate

Microsoft innovate smart Bra to control anxiety - Culture Gate | Light Bulb Update - great ideas and innovation made real | Scoop.it
Microsoft innovate smart Bra to control anxiety Microsoft Corp. has designed a new kind of bras from which can detect women stress.
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Wearable tech is the future. This is a small step for womankind...but there is going to be a lot more of this sort of tech, so we will be able to measure, check and monitor oursleves 24/7.

 

Just imagine, in the not too distant, our handkerchief pocket will warn us of an impending heart attack in the middle of the big presentation, send a message to the medical team who will arrive in time to apply mouth to mouth, saving the day and winning us the pitch...

 

 

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Jeff Woolf's Folding Bike Helmet Could Revolutionize Cycling Safety

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Morpher is a brand new portable helmet designed to fit into a bag and help encourage cyclists to take their safety seriously.
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For anyone else like me who breezes around London on a Boris Bike without the right safety equipment...

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Innovation through re-platforming: Limited Edition Fine-Art Photos for Screen

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British art star Damien Hirst has sold some of his iconic spot paintings for more than a million dollars. But London-based s[edition] sells Hirst’s spot art for just $21. What collectors get for $21 is not a one-of-a-kind painting but a “digital limited edition,” a high-resolution digital file limited to 10,000 copies and capable of being displayed on any electronic screen from a smartphone to a flat-screen TV.


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Mario Pires's curator insight, January 7, 2014 6:55 AM

Fine art for the screen, This is interesting for two reasons, Screens as a delivery medium for quality fine art in terms of resolution and content, and a technology that can prevent image theft.

James Sherwood-Rogers's curator insight, January 7, 2014 10:31 AM

Art is one of the most advanced marketing industries and Damian Hirst is to the Art World what Steve Jobs was to Electronics. Commercial astute, marketing savvy and design/aesthetic oriented. 

 

As his Dot Painting Products have plateuaed and saturated demand in each sector, he has breathed new life into them by replatforming them, squeezing all possible value out of them. From original paintings, to edition paintings, to edition prints, to books and products with dots, and now another version, at an even lower price.  

 

He has continuelously experimented with new distribution models, eschewing the standard gallery or 'channel' sales route for a direct approach via auctions, and then direct via his own gallery.

 

He once said he was 'Amazed what it was possible to achieve with an E in O Level Art'. At the time he was talking about Art. Bearing in mind he is now the richest artist that has ever lived, he could equally as well have been talking about his extraordinary commercial prowess.

Margrit Olsen's curator insight, January 8, 2014 4:02 AM

This may be  the beginning of a market that lesser known photographers could tap into.  The photographers version of an ebook. Selling  images at a low price but in a high numbered edition, and with  very low investment  of money or time (except color management).

 

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Mobile wind turbine provides pop-up green energy source

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For Altaeros Energies, a startup launched out of MIT, the sky's the limit when it comes to wind power.
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The possible applications of a pop-up wind energy source is what makes this innovation so interesting. Not only can it replace current energy sources - such as generators - it could enable new commercial and social projects that until now were uneconomic.

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This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes | Elite Daily

This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes | Elite Daily | Light Bulb Update - great ideas and innovation made real | Scoop.it
The reading game is about to change forever. Boston-based software developer Spritz has been in "stealth mode" for three years, tinkering with their program and leasing it out to different ebooks, apps, and other platforms.
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Telegram kills all other messaging services

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You will have heard about the scandals around Snapchat privacy, intelligence services access to messages, and how facebook sells our data and is planning to make us watch ads before we see any messages from friends? 

 

There is a solution, and apparently it is called Telegram. It promises no ads or subscriber fees, ever. It claims to be utterly secure - messages are cloud stored and you can choose for them to self destruct.

 

So ho will it make money? Hidden away it clearly says that it will add additional services at some point that are in addition to the standard service. But that the standard service will always be free, and private.

 

Head over to the telegram website to find out more.

www.telegram.org

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Telegram is the new messaging service with the old name that is set to become the new global standard, destroying Snapchat and so many others along the way.

 

Open source, ultra secure and free, if Telegram succeeds, it will be the global standard in SMS messaging and underlines how quickly markets are being reinvented, and benchmark products challenged, by audacious innovation

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Thomas Edison’s To-Do List, 1888

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What ink for the blind has to do with marine telegraphy and electrical pianos.

The to-do list might be the secret to willpower, and it is
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This is a quirky article that takes a few seconds to read but will really challenge your own sale of ambition.

 

It underlines that innovators are natural polymaths and generalists, plugged in to all kinds of ideas and influences with ideas why outside the box they are in.

 

Hence this curated selection of Light Bulbs, re-named in honour of Thomas Edison. The strange thing was I changed it before I accidentally stumbled across this article a few minutes later. Will have to add Futurescope to my own invention list.

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Google's $3.2 Billion Nest-Egg

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Google is getting in the thermostat game. The company announced on Monday that it purchased Nest, the maker of high-tech thermostats and smoke detectors, for $3.2 billion in cash.
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Nest is an investment who's real value is still at least a decade away, but when it comes, will be huge.

 

Imagine Google know your energy consumption by the split second, anytime, anyplace, anywhere. 

 

You will value the money saving and convenience, especially when it is part Googlelife which links your on and off-line world so seemlessly.

 

But the real commercial value will be providing information to energy producers, traders, corporations, investors. and even governments. 

 

Beyond energy, Google will know if you are in or out, away for a week, or are having late night bath. And when the data is mashed with geographical, satellite or other sensor laden devices - alarms, cameras - you get the picture. Even if you dont, they have. Literally.

 

The aquisition and hardware cost is nothing compared to future data value. So there will be more acquisitions like this, as data companies buy into product businesses that in turn deliver more data. I am sure that at Google, Apple and even Fb, plans are already being hatched.

 

 

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WaterWheel arrives several millenia after wheel. How on earth has it taken THIS LONG?!

WaterWheel arrives several millenia after wheel. How on earth has it taken THIS LONG?! | Light Bulb Update - great ideas and innovation made real | Scoop.it
Mark Tran: Round 50-litre container enables water collectors to roll liquid from wells rather than carry it on their heads
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So who knows when the the wheel was invented ( probably around 3000 BCish. About 4pm just after tea.) But it has taken since then to get to this. Make you wonder about the real speed of human progress. 

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