Sort by:

Fertility "Vaccine"

Develop synthetic bacteria designed to live in the reproductive tract that keeps gametes (i.e., ova, sperm) immature. When fertility is desired by both parties, those 18 and older could purchase an over-the-counter pill to restore fertility by temporarily suppressing the synthetic bacteria. Both components--the bacteria and the pill--would be patented, then released into the public domain. Byproducts of such a system would allow "family planning" and, with broad use, significantly reduce the incidence of abortions and teenage pregnancies. (And save women from "the pill" and its detrimental side effects.) Image via Creative Commons.

by: Steven Edwards | Jul 14, 2010

33 people like this.


Augmented Reality Gym Mirror

When you're working out at the gym, a mirror in front of you shows you a visualization of your future self - thinner, more muscular, generally in better shape than you currently are. This is such a compelling vision that it motivates people to exercise more to move towards matching it. It can start off being installed in high-end gyms, then filter down into Wii-like applications used at home.

by: Lisa Mumbach and Jason Tester, IFTF | Jun 12, 2010

128 people like this.



click for full image

Videogame Style HUD for your health and life.

Stress is the enemy, stress weakens, this is a known problem with the human body. The solution? Essentially a mobile phone app that displays a visual stress/environment "Heads Up Display". Using a vidoegame style HUD to help manage/guide/predict Mood, Sleep, Exercise, Food (calories, fat sugar etc) unreturned calls, phase of the moon, Biorhythms, unprocessed Emails, unread tweets, or anything else that can be reasonably represented graphically. It should display an instant simple visual 'Heads Up' showing stress points that can be focused on. By tracking stress inducing things, you feel less stress because it feels "managed" and manageable.

by: Tim O'Callaghan | Jun 25, 2010

32 people like this.


Treatment of Neurological Diseases with Electromagnetic Controlled Neuronal Firing.

We are in the phase of reverse engineering the brain's wiring and we will soon be able to treat neurological diseases with specific neuronal network control. Despite the progress of Deep Brain Stimulation and Optogenetics we need a non invasive method of controlling neurons. I propose the creation of an engineered membrane protein that will respond to electromagnetic waves and will stimulate or inhibit neurons. This protein will be delivered with genetic vectors to the brain. We will able to treat Parkinson's, epilepsy and other neurological disorders with this minimal invasive method without the need of drugs or surgery.

by: Louizos Alexander Louizos | Aug 13, 2010

12 people like this.


Pathogen Sensing Refrigerator

Food-borne illness are a significant concern in the U.S. Refrigerators could be equipped with sensors to detect bacterial contamination by the chemicals given off as gases by many of these bacteria. These types of sensors are already in use at the industrial level of food production. The approximate location of the contaminated food in the refrigerator would be determined by triangulation using multiple sensors placed at different locations in the refrigerator. The individual contaminated food would then be identified by passing each of the suspected items in turn directly in front of one of the sensors.

by: Jules Wellinghoff | Aug 7, 2010

56 people like this.



click for blog post

Interactive Fitness Gaming

Doing physical workout regularly is challenging for many people simply because it is exhausting and boring. To increase people's motivation, fitness devices are connected over the internet, turning them into input devices for interactive online games, at first racing games, but other games genres, such as role playing games, are also possible. This way a world-wide online fitness community will be established that lets players compete against one another in all kind of games, as well as track individual fitness progress.

by: Martin Gossen | Jul 30, 2010

711 people like this.



click for video

Paleo Approved Label

The Paleo Diet is the diet that humans would have evolved with over millions of years, rather than the current Western diet associated with obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Recent studies have produced staggering results displaying the unrivaled efficacy of implementing The Paleo Diet in patients with Diabetes, Obesity, Multiple Sclerosis, Heart Disease, Celiac's Disease, and more. Paleo Approved certifies and labels foods adhering to The Paleo Diet, making them easily identifiable for people who want to improve their health, and to be a visible icon of The Paleo Movement, to aid in improving the lives of millions worldwide.

by: Karen Pendergrass | Jul 3, 2010

1032 people like this.


Crowdsourced Citizen Science

A local parish uses a smartphone app to let their members collect air pollution data in their community. The app recommends whether it is safe for them to be outdoors and allows them to contribute this data to the parish pollution network for aggregate analysis and mapping of pollution in the parish. Once they find the most polluted spots, they can initiate clean-up and lobbying efforts to benefit their community.

by: Mathias Crawford and Jason Tester, IFTF | Jun 12, 2010

43 people like this.


click for web site

Play It! Say It! Can gaming support mental health?

PLAY IT! SAY IT! is simple - we propose to use the existing communication functionalities of video game consoles (voice chat and messaging) to provide phone and online counselling to the people who use them. The online video game community is larger than the population of Canada, and at least one 1 in 5 people playing have a mental health condition. Beyond the existing benefits of online and phone counselling, consoles offer universal access points to ensure coverage, and the opportunity to develop rapport while playing simple games to support the sharing of concerns. We value quality of life.

by: Elizabeth Ure, Andrew Shaw & Adam Bass | Aug 18, 2010

178 people like this.


[PIP.APSSA] Personalized Informatics Platform (with Agents-Protocols-Sensors-Server Architecture)

The PIP.APSSA project offers the way towards a simpler and more convenient process for delivering the dreams of ubiquitous personalized medicine. The platform conceptualizes a unique modular architecture and overall design that encourages both adoption for business development and access for end-user extensibility. Nearly endless use cases and applications exist for this platform. Two possibilities follow: *A workflow for better datasets and more inclusive, emergent metrics to study the human diseasome and the ontogeny of human-environment interactions. *Implicit clearinghouse for established and upcoming medical technologies/services that helps match patients to treatments and technology transfer firms to consumer/ business bases.

by: Saran Eswaran & Ryan Carbrey | Sep 1, 2010

4 people like this.


Now that you're inspired, enter your idea!