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461. Not So Bright Idea: 35-foot belly-flop into one foot of water August 24, 2007

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Doesn’t sound possible, right? This is not a joke, nor a snuff clip. Professor Splash actually pulls it off on a Japanese TV show. Skip to 3:30 in to see him take the leap. Via Neatorama.

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460. Bright Idea: Smart Lids August 23, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Food and Drink, Product, Video.
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These disposable coffee lids are heat-sensitive, going from red to brown when the contents are no longer too hot to drink. The lid will also indicate if it is properly sealed on the cup (the entire edge will be brown). Costing only 1-2¢ more per lid, the company plans to go global this year. Their website HERE; Via BeyondTomorrow.

Check out this 37-second video of the lid in action:

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458. Quickie Web: Video: Kill the Gun August 23, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Quickie Web, Video.
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Here is a visually engaging 1-minute video clip that also has a worthy message. Watch the damage a bullet can do, in slow-motion. Via FreshCreation.


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453. Quickie Web: Video: How to seal a bag without a clip August 20, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Quickie Web, Video.
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If you don’t feel like buying QuickSeals (above), a chip clip, or binder clip, follow these directions to seal a bag without using any additional items (25 second video). Shnifty.

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443. Bright Idea: ActiFry August 17, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Food and Drink, Product, Video.
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Finally, low fat fried foods. One tablespoon of oil crisply cooks 4 potatoes for french fries (about 3% fat of what is typical). I will have to taste it to be sure, but I am liking the idea. Costs $300, by TyFal (Here); via OhGizmo! Check out the 1:40 minute promotional video below.

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442. Bright Idea: the Avurt Non-lethal Gun August 16, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Product, Video.
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I am clearly drawn to non-lethal protection devices for some reason. Peace of mind, perhaps, in addition to my desire to not ever kill others coupled with the US socialization of boys playing with guns. Add to that the paranoia that bad men want to take my money, rape my wife, and kidnap my children.

With the Avurt IM-5, shoot multiple pepper bullets at targets up to 40 feet away, guided by laser. Deter several thugs with this device, unlike the one-shot Taser C2. It also folds up, and costs $300. They should add a pepper spray for close-encounters. Check out their website HERE; via SciFiTech. Check out the 17-second video below.

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435. Quickie Web: Video: WWF Billboard August 15, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Marketing, Video.
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This creative billboard uses a moving shadow to make its point. The clip is 39 seconds long; via SwissMiss.

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434. Bright Idea: Omni-directional Rollerman August 14, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Person, Transportation, Video.
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Jean-Yves Blondeau can speed up to 60 mph on his back, stomach, and all limbs, thanks to his Buggy Rollin’ suit. Check out a few moments of this video. Since I typically end up on the ground when I rollerblade, I want this suit. Via SciFiTech.


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433. Bright Idea: the Omni-directional Treadmill August 14, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Experience, Product, Video.
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Like the post below, here is another 26-second video clip of omni-directional technology. The army is exploring the uses of this idea, but I know most of us are waiting for that totally immersive gaming experience (match the treadmill with a wraparound screen and a light gun and you get Halo 4). Treadmill website HERE; via OhGizmo!

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432. Bright Idea: Airtrax Omni-directional Wheels August 14, 2007

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Thanks to Mark for this 26-second video clip of wheels that can go in any direction without seeming to turn at all. The clip reminds me, bizarrely enough, of moonwalking. The Airtrax website HERE; via Hitslot.

Great for robots, wheelchairs, fork-lifts, and people who can’t parallel park. This wheel is aka the Mecanum Wheel (read more about it here).

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429. Bright Idea: the Fogscreen August 7, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Marketing, Product, Video.
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Now they can project moving images on a thin sheet of fog, which is also touch sensitive (i.e. interactive). Watch this quick 1-min clip, and make sure you get to the part with the fireworks.

Ultrasound creates tiny water droplets, which travel with downward blasts of air, at 2.5 gallons per hour. Starting at $40K for the 50-inch model. Their website HERE; via OhGizmo!

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427. Bright Idea: the Chevy Volt August 6, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Transportation, Video.
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I was recently invited to a Chevy Volt presentation event for Washington, DC bloggers and writers. There, I was introduced to the gorgeous and eco-friendly concept vehicle. Not like any hybrid, there is actually a new and Bright Idea behind this car. Check out this short clip I made (make sure you can hear the music).

The Chevy Volt website HERE.

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416. IdeaSpark*: Suspended Half-Piping July 31, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Experience, IdeaSpark*, Product, Video.
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I would love to skate on a half-pipe, but I am a complete novice and a coward. That is why I want someone to construct a semi-circular half-pipe with a wire swing suspended above.

You would grip the attached handlebar, strap a skateboard to your feet, then thrash back and forth like a pendulum without worrying about wiping out. With enough practice, you won’t even need the wire.

It would be similar to the “Ridewire” video clip below, but actually fun. Clip via Trendhunter.


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410. Bright Idea: Soft Close Drawers July 30, 2007

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I came across this Bright Idea on my recent travels: a drawer that gently closes itself. I once saw something similar with a luxury car door. I figure it is mostly to prevent hurt fingers and loud slamming. Check out my 21-second video clip to see it in action.

One company that produces these drawers is Blum, using this pictured device:

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408. Bright Idea: Qolf July 26, 2007

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Work on your putting and chipping skills in this family activity. Qolf is an indoor/outdoor game that is a cross between croquet and golf. I haven’t tried it, but I think that any new way to play is a Bright Idea. Watch the 1 minute commercial below. Their website HERE ($40).


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400. Bright Idea: Speedminton July 25, 2007

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I just ordered this hyped-up version of badminton that requires no net (I need to start exercising). Play it anywhere you have space to. Buy it HERE ($35); check out this 50 second clip of the game below.


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396. Quickie Web: Video: Pop ‘n Music July 24, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Game, Person, Video.
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This game and prodigy are very similar to those in my Dance Dance Revolution posting (here). Like DDR, this game requires timing the right beats and notes to music (DDR requires feet; Pop ‘n Music, hands). The guy in this clip is incredible, even savant-like. It actually made me marvel at the vast capabilities of the human mind and dexterity. This 1.5 minute clip is via Neatorama.


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394. Sparked Art: Theo Jansen’s Kinetic Sculptures July 23, 2007

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Looking like robotic polypedes, these large ambulating contraptions are light-weight and wind-powered. Watch this 1 minute video clip. Theo Jansen’s website HERE; Via DarkRoastedBlend.


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390. Quickie Web: Video: Bright Birds July 23, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Quickie Web, Video.
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Here are quick clips of two birds coming up with some Bright Ideas (via Neatorama):

The first is a bird that hitches a ride on a moving car. I watched the entire thing to verify that the little guy wasn’t stuck (he isn’t). You only need to watch a few seconds to appreciate this crafty fellow.

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The second is a of a tool-using bird. This New Caledonian crow eventually bends a piece of wire to form a hook to retrieve an object in a tube. The clip is 38 seconds long. Link here.

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380. Quickie Web: Video: Honda’s Cog Commercial July 17, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Marketing, Quickie Web, Video.
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This is a truly amazing Rube Goldbergesque commercial by Honda. Only 2 minutes long, with no CGI, it took 1 month to approve the script, 2 months for concept drawings, and 4 months in development and testing. The commercial cost 6 million dollars and required 606 takes (source). Via FreshCreation.

And below is a 4 minute video of what went on behind the scenes.


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379. Sparked Art: The Pool Illusion July 16, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Art, Optical Illusion, Video.
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By Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich, this fake swimming pool is an installation in an art museum at Kanazawa City, Japan. See below for a quick clip. Via Hemmy, where you can also find more photos.

375. Bright Idea: The Bungee Trampoline July 16, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Experience, Plaything, Product, Video.
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I filmed this clip of this Bright Idea earlier this month. I regret not paying the $7 to give this a try (we were running late for a home-cooked dinner when I came across this). Apparently, it can hold up to 200 lbs. The 13 y.o. girl on before I filmed was doing flips.

The clip is 38 seconds long.


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373. Bright Idea?: the Rolling Caterpillar Door July 13, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Transportation, Video.
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This may not be a completely Bright Idea, but it is still unique. Pros: you won’t accidentally dent an adjacent car in a parking lot. Cons: costly repair bills, and getting stuck in/out of the car when the battery dies. According to the clip, this is a 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII that was selling on eBay. Via OhGizmo!


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373. Quickie Web: Video: the Human Slinky July 13, 2007

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I just happened to come across this clip, and was mesmerized for a few moments. A creative, original, and bizarre performance, which begins after the dude stops talking (about 20 seconds in). Veniamin’s website here.

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372. Idea TV: Everyday Edisons July 12, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Idea TV, Video.
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EE

Granted, I will be featured on Season 2 of Everyday Edisons (lots more about my story here). Regardless, it incidentally happens to be the best show on US TV having to do with inventing (I haven’t posted anything on American Inventor, which so far is focused on embarrassing people for laughs, with very mediocre inventions being showcased). EE is being broadcasted on most US PBS stations, but they now have a channel on Youtube (check it out HERE). Below is part 1 (of 4) of the Season 1a Recap (about 10 min), for those interested.


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371. Bright Idea: the Easy-Glider July 12, 2007

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The Easy-Glider is yet another one-wheeled transportation device (see two more below). A cross between scooting and water-skiing, this Swiss electric ride will cost you more than $1000, and go as far as about 15 miles and as fast as 12 mph. I still prefer the much cheaper and less cumbersome Magic Wheel. Via Engadget. Check out a few moments of the clip below to get the idea.


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370. Bright Idea: the Magic Wheel July 12, 2007

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This Magic Wheel is very similar to the Nimbus (below), but more scooter than unicycle.

This 13 lbs/6 Kg Bright Idea can support up to 330 lbs/150 Kg, and costs £119 (yet again, the coolest gadgets are being made and sold in Europe). Sleek and stylish, it looks fun, and even note the convenient handle on top. Steering and breaking must be a little tricky. I want one.

Buy it at their website, HERE; via CoolestGadgets. Check out the 36-second video below.

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369. Bright Idea: Nimbus Ultimate Wheel July 12, 2007

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I know this looks like a gag, but apparently, you can actually locomote with this. I included this as a Bright Idea because of its exercise value, and not so much because of the possible fun-factor (it seems more like a work-out than a thrill ride).

Check out the 16-second video clip to see it in action and that it actually works (the wheel wobble indicates there is no seat and pole, like with a unicycle). Buy it HERE ($78); via OhGizmo!

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368. Bright Idea: Bumbo Baby Seat July 11, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Baby, Furniture, Product, Video.
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This award-winning chair is for 6 week – 14 month old babies. However, since it is only one size, it won’t always be a snug fit (my friend has one). It is also pricey for a piece of foam ($40).

IdeaSpark*: They should make another inflatable version, with a solid base. This way, it will always provide a cozy fit, and can continue to accommodate your growing child.

Buy one HERE. To see one in action, check out this amusing video stop-motion clip. Via RGS.


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366. Bright Idea: the Waboba Ball July 11, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Plaything, Product, Video.
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This small $7 Lycra-covered polyurethane ball bounces on water. The company also has another version made for pools (lower bounces).

Looks like a lot of fun: check out the video clip below (1:42).

Waboba website HERE; Buy it HERE; via UberReview.

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