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576. Bright Idea: The NeoCube June 21, 2008

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I just got this fun fidget toy in the mail last week.  I haven’t figured out the fancy maneuvers like those in the clip below, but it is still whimsically playful, for about $35. I love it.  Their website HERE; buy it HERE.

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574. Bright Idea: Solve-a-math-equation Alarm Clock February 26, 2008

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This smart clock requires you to be more alert in order to turn it off, and will exercise your brain in the process. Well done, via Make.

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571. Sparked Art: The Cloud February 11, 2008

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This digital sculpture is found in Heathrow Airport, and is made out of about 5,000 individually-controlled (via computer) flip-dots. Designed by Troika. Check out the clip below (via Make).

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556. Quickie Web: Video: Balloon Bowl October 10, 2007

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Put 8,000 balloons in a swimming pool. Then videotape your buddy skating through it. Looks fun. Via Neatorama.

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551. Bright Idea (revisted): the Koku Cutting Board October 4, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Kitchen, Product, Video.
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I mentioned the Koku cutting board in a previous post (HERE). Here is a new commercial that does a good job demonstrating it in 2 minutes. By the folks at Everyday Edisons.

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550. Bright Idea: the Workout 180 October 4, 2007

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Here is another Everyday Edisons product: the Workout 180. This clip is a taste of the next best-selling workout apparatus, which you will likely see in a late-night infomercial. The inventor (read about her here) showed up with a foam step as a prototype (for instability), and the Everyday Edisons team helped it evolve into this multi-use device, the Workout 180. Even I, being one lazy and soft slug, am tempted to buy one. This clip is 4 minutes long.

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549. Quickie Web: Video: the Incredible Machine October 4, 2007

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Here are some great Japanese Rube Goldbergs from some TV show. There are a bunch of them on this clip, which is about 9 minutes long (ok, so this clip is not so “quickie”). It has close to a million views on Youtube; Via HackedGadgets.

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544. Quickie Web: Video: Reflection September 28, 2007

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Here is a funny 2:30 Rorschachish clip. Creative and simple. By JamesNintendoNerd.

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537. Bright Idea: Pecha Kucha September 24, 2007

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The rules are simple: for your presentation on whatever, you can only show 20 PowerPoint slides, at 20 seconds each. This emerging competitive art from was the Bright Idea of two Tokyo-based architects who wanted a venue for their ideas. Wikipedia it HERE; Wired article HERE; via Don’s Brain Blog.

Below is a sample Pecha-Kucha, about Emotional Signage, by Dan Pink. Like all Pecha-Kuchas, it is 6:40 minutes long. It is long, for a clip, but it presents an interesting idea, and serves as an example of this new media format.

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532. Quickie Web: Video: Unlocking a Door September 21, 2007

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This college student came up with this Bright Idea on how to unlock a door. This clip is 50 seconds long, via Make.

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531. Bright Idea: the Wheelsurf September 21, 2007

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The Wheelsurf is not exactly a speeding thrill ride (only 20 mph max), but it may be fun to try it once, especially to see if the balance and turning provides an amusing challenge. From the Netherlands, this novelty vehicle costs about $7000. Check out their website HERE; via Crave.

Below is a short video that shows it in action.

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520. Bright Idea: Blobbing September 15, 2007

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I can’t wait to do this one day: get launched off an inflatable raft. Via Uniquedaily.

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519. Bright Idea: the Bikeboard September 15, 2007

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The Swiss Bikeboard pictured here is modified for off-roading. But it can also be converted for snow and water (see the 2.5 minute clip below). Their website HERE (cost: about $1000); via The-Gadgeteer.

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513. Bright Idea: Hyposurface September 13, 2007

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Check out this video of Hyposurface, a moving wall. Imagine the possibilities. Via FreshCreation.

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510. Bright Idea: Tenori-on September 11, 2007

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Check out this clip of Tenori-on, a new digital instrument that combines light and sound. It looks simple to use, but can result in a complex presentation. This video will give you a good sense of its capabilities and potential. Yamaha’s website HERE explains how it works; via GeekSugar.

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506. Bright Idea: this perspective on getting engaged September 10, 2007

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My brother sent me a link to this video clip. What a creative way to pop the question. The clip is a little long, but enjoy the music, the buildup, and the passion. I found it quite moving, actually.

I thought I recognized the woman: Sara Cantor, who has a great blog that I came across because it was featured in Fast Company. It’s called The Curious Shopper, and it has her analysis on why some shopping experiences work and others don’t. The guy in the clip has his own blog, Things We Think but Do Not Say.

The clip is reminiscent of my previous post on perspective illusions (HERE).
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499. Bright Idea: Backyard Waterparks September 7, 2007

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I hope to one day have a waterpark in my backyard. The first clip is of a basic backyard set-up, but I included it because of the star of the clip: a fun loving dog (via Neatorama). The second clip is of a show that featured an amazing family backyard waterpark in AZ (watch the first minute).

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497. Quickie Web: Video: Chaotic Pendulum September 7, 2007

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Witness random motion in this video clip. At first, the pendulum swings typically. But once the joint is loosened, the second segment flails about in a jerky dance. This clip would be even more fun to watch if LED lights were placed on the joint and the tip, with the lights off (in video, and as photographs with prolonged exposures). Via Make (where you can also learn to make your own).

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496. HumBugg: Wide Collars September 7, 2007

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This guy may be studly, but I really don’t like the look of his collar: too wide.

When I wore ties with my dress shirts, the collar looked fine. Once I stopped wearing ties with those same shirts, they all looked like this clown’s shirt. So I frequently wore shirts with the button-down collars only.

I tried to ideate something to keep the collar down: tape, putty, but nothing moved me. Some guy invented these Magnetic Collar Stays (video clip below; via The Big Idea), but they only work with shirts that have the slit to insert the stays, and it turns out most of my shirts don’t. So I continue to wear my shirts with button-down collars. Grump.

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495. Bright Idea: the Brio Flying Boat September 5, 2007

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Finally, there is a way I can glide/fly and minimize my worry about crashing and dying. Check out their website HERE (in Portuguese). Watch the first 20 seconds of the clip below to see if take off.

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488. Bright Idea: the Hang Drum September 4, 2007

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Wow. I could have titled this post: “Sparked Art: Dante Bucci’s Hang Drumming.”

Beautiful and obscure percussion instrument + awesomely talented musician = one amazing video. I let this clip move me to tears. Check out Dante’s website HERE; more info on the Hang Drum HERE; via UniqueDaily.


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487. Bright Idea: Bumptop Desktop September 2, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Computer, Service, Video.
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Bumptop is a new and interactive way to manage and declutter your computer’s desktop. You can watch a quick 20-second rap video that gives you a glimpse of it in action (via PopMech), or a longer (7 minute), more serious demonstration video below that. Bumptop’s website HERE.

Cheesy, tongue-in-cheek rap video:

Longer Demo video:

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486. Sparked Art: Silver Clouds September 2, 2007

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Kids love hitting around floating balloons. Adults now can, too, and still feel sophisticated, at this Silver Cloud art installation of helium-filled balloons. Check out the 36-second clip below. Via Freshcreation.


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483. Bright Idea: the Surface Tension Coffee Table August 31, 2007

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This coffee table contains a PC and 19″ LCD under the surface, and has arcade controls, a trackball, and WiFi connectivity. Play movies, music, slideshows, or the preloaded 29 Taito arcade games with your guests without leaving your living room couch. It would be even better if the screen could tilt forward and the controls were removable and remote. Check more out HERE ($6600); via BornRich.

Below is a well-made 3.5 minute video with high production value and my type of music.


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481. Bright Idea?: the S3 Pooper Scooper August 31, 2007

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Pick up your dog’s crap with two-halves of a hollow bat. I am trying to decide if this idea is really a Bright one. Though cumbersome, it is creative. I never would buy one, but I appreciate the inspiration. Check it out HERE ($20); Via CoolestGadgets.

PS. I took Barkley for a long walk this morning and realized that the S3 is going to have problems picking up softer stool, especially in long grass.  You can’t just flip that sh*t.


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480. Bright Idea?: Automated Waitstaff August 31, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Experience, Food and Drink, Service, Video.
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At the restaurant Baggers, in Nuremberg, Germany, you order your food via computer (which will also tell you how long it will take for your food to arrive), and then the food is delivered to you via gravity and a rail system. Watch the homemade video below to see the system in action (jump to 1 minute in to see food arrive at their table). Read more about it HERE; via SciFiTech.


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478. Bright Idea: the StreetSurfer August 30, 2007

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At first, I thought: Why? But allegedly, it is a very different, surfing-like ride, with more leaning, carving, and maneuverability. I would add this one to my novelty-vehicle rental store. Buy it HERE (£400); via BeyondTomorrow. Check out the 30-second clip below to see it in action.


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476. Quickie Web: Music Video: Paul Dateh + inka one August 30, 2007

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Here is a Bright Idea: mash mad violin skills with phat, thumpin’ beats. I watched the video twice, mostly because of the stupefying musical abilities demonstrated by Dateh. Via FreshCreation.


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469. Bright Idea: KMX Karts August 28, 2007

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This 3-wheeled pedal-powered kart can go off-road, and will cost you around £600 (buy them HERE). The clip below is weak, but you can see the KMX in action. Via Trendpimp (where you can also see a longer video, with awkward music).


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468. Bright Idea: Insect Vacuum August 27, 2007

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I have seen insect vacuums before, but this one is worth checking out because of its pneumatic pump and instant implosion sucking mechanism. Watch it in action below (46 seconds); via OhGizmo!

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