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Do you get excited when two mismatched ideas meet in a bar, hook up, and have crazy awesome kids? Do you want to be inspired by others who answer the question “What if...”? Then come on in...it’s time to explore, connect, experiment, and imagine.

01 July 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Smartphone, Dummies Style

When I encounter an unfamiliar topic, my first reaction is to read all about it. Most of the source material for these ‘learning expeditions’ is internet based these days. But I still find books comforting (maybe it’s an age thing). That’s why I find this concept video so cool:

13 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

The iPad’s Bad Ass Cousin

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3Zad5_eWVA

Leave it to the Australian’s to bring forth the offspring of an iPad and an electric guitar from Beyond the Thunderdome. The guitar is essentially a midi interface so it’s capable of producing any conceivable type of sound. They don’t appear to be available for sale yet, which gives me an excuse when my kids start begging me for one.

01 December 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Cool Science Idea of the Week

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If you’re into such things (and here at Wicked Cool Ideas, we are) you can debate the list of Top 10 greatest scientific achievements of the 20th Century. Air conditioning, the integrated circuit, Penicillin, and splitting the atom would all be contenders. But I believe that harnessing electrical power stands alone at the top. Who would argue that electricity is the very backbone of modern life?

So I was extremely excited to read about a company in Massachusetts called WiTricity that is poised to take electrical power into the 21st Century. Using magnetic resonance, the company can transmit electricity wirelessly. Not just a little bit of juice a short distance, we’re talking kilowatts of power moving through the air and driving devices several meters away! Somewhere Nikola Tesla is smiling.

13 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Moon Base Idea Just Got Real

moon base

The above image is from one of my favorite childhood books, “Welcome to Moonbase” by Ben Bova. It was published in 1987 and imagined a ‘future history’ that had mankind returning to the moon in 1999 and establishing a permanent base there by 2020.  With the announcement today that NASA has discovered ‘significant’ amounts of water on the moon, we just moved one step closer to making this idea a reality.

A permanent base on the moon could be used for any number of reasons including:

  • Using native materials to make everything from rocket fuel to high-grade optics
  • Launching rockets less expensively than here on Earth (less gravity means less propulsion required)

But the best reason in my opinion? Space tourism, Baby!

10 November 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Small Ideas Are Wicked Too!

Sometimes the small and unexpected ideas are the ones that pack the most wallop (kind of like paying the toll for the stranger in the car behind you). Check out these barcodes from Japan.

Japanese Barcodes

If you want to see more check out Bar Code Revolution. What small idea will you implement that makes someone smile?

09 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Personal Electricity Generator Looks Wicked

Personal Electricity Generator Looks Wicked

I heard about the nPower PEG (Personal Electricity Generator) today driving home from work and immediately wished I still worked in Manhattan and walked everywhere so I would have an excuse to get one when they go on sale this Christmas for a mere $149.

Made by Cleveland-based Tremont Electric, the nPower is about 9 inches long and weighs just 9 ounces. You clip it vertically to your hip, start walking, and the kinetic energy generated is equivalent to a standard home power outlet. It’s USB 2.0 standard which means it will be able to charge a wide variety of portable devices.

Pity the spouse of the Crackberry addict who takes this on vacation while camping.

06 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments

The World of 2019

The above image is a visual collage of ideas generated by the Ten-Year Forecast team at the Institute for the Future, a not-for-profit think tank based in Palo Alto, California. The team created the world’s first massively multiplayer forecasting game, called Superstruct, to engage real people as future forecasters. The game lasted six weeks before ending on November 17, 2008.

I’m an absolute sucker when it comes to futurist ideas and this is a veritable treasure trove of wild concepts. I’ll dig deeper into all the goodness in upcoming posts, but if you can’t wait check out the archived Superstruct site for yourself.

BIG THANKS to Dominic Basulto at Endless Innovation for the initial post!