These guys are pretty cheesy but I really like their concept of a shoe grows with the child and last 5 years. They must be doing well if they have already distributed 5000.
A pop up power station which filled with helium and raised high into the sky. The device has a wind turbine attached to create energy and it can also be used to increase cellular and 3G reception to mobile phones on the ground.
Using the kinetic movement idea of self winding watch, could this technology be incorporated into an everyday frisbee? The spin of the disc could generate energy and could indicate to the user when it is fully charged.
There must be something in a flat pack IKEA style solar charger. The pack could be part of the OPEN DESIGN network so anyone could contribute to the designs online and everyone could download for free and build it themselves. Additional to this concept is an IKEA style instruction book which is completely visual and contains no words, overcoming language and illiteracy barriers. (this is something Im very interested in)
Trying to think outside the box, here are a few ideas. Just trying to think of concepts which incorporate solar technology into everyday life. I really like the idea of charging a mobile phone on a bicycle dynamo. Im also loving the El solar sombrero.
Following on from RHoK efforts. Geeks without bounds go one step further by providing the infrastructure needed to get the ideas and concepts from Hackathons developed into real life products. Much of the wonderful work done at Hackathons do not see the light of day, so GWOB pushes to get them into production. Awesome!
RHoK is a global movement which beings together tech specialists who donate of their time for an entire 48 hour period. They work together to develop new and innovative solutions to world problems.
RHoK Australia runs weekend hackathons every summer and winter every year. These happen simultaneously in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Over the course of 48 hours, teams assemble to work fast and furious, eat, drink, win prizes, have fun and create prototype open source solutions with real social impact. It's an opportunity to work in a collaborative environment to help create real technology solutions to social problems.
The three-day Humanitarian Innovators Network lab bringing together emergency response workers from all over the world These labs aim to tap into their experiences to develop, invent and improve current humanitarian methods. GENIUS!!!!!
Melbourne hosts their third edition of the Emergency Shelter Exhibition. This event brings designers together and all proceeds raises go towards disaster-affected communities.
This concept was created by designer Kim Minsoon, it went of to win the Red Dot Design Award in 2012.
Richard Darrell from bit rebels.com said "The idea behind this emergency flashlight is to utilize the world’s most recognizable language, Morse code. Its usage is basic and straightforward, and it could mean increased speed when it comes to being rescued. You simply click the communicate button (located at the bottom of the flashlight) and speak while pointing it in the direction where you think there are people who can help you. The people or rescue workers can then locate you, but they’ll also instantly know what you are saying and what kind of help you need, if they know Morse code that is."
I love this concept as it uses the simple tool of a torch to help people in need get help and it also tries to overcome language barriers. It would be fantastic if the torch could translate one language into another. I love the use of the torch light to get another persons attention but how many people know morse code? Not many. That said, this project is a massive inspiration to me and really encourages me to continue to pursue solutions and concepts around the hacking of current technologies for modern day emergencies.
For more info read: http://www.bitrebels.com/technology/emergency-flashlight-translator/
Solar lamps have been around for 25 years but recently a company adapted them to deal with a new modern problem. Today where the vast majority of countries (including developing countries) have excellent cellular coverage Sunlite’s solar lamp modified their solar lamps to not only provide light but also charge mobile phones. The new Sunlite lamps contain batteries which now last for around 6 years so they can continue to function as useful tools even after the emergency passes. These lamps where used extremely effectively in the recent conflict in Iraq where 90% of the displaced refugee population had mobile phones but were unable to charge them. Sunlite’s product allowed Iraqi's to have the much needed light but also provided them the ability to charge their phones and call for help even in very remote regions. I find the hacking, moding or upgrading of readily available current technology very interesting.
Not sure how easy this device would fair over tough terrain, also the water carrying tank seems pretty small on the front and theres lots of parts to go wrong overall. BUT that said I really love that the bike's clutch can allow the bike to be stood stationary and you can still peddle and filter water. The bike could be used by a community, children to also contribute to filter water. Another aspect of this is concept which I really like is that it combines recreation / fun with something which could save lives. Could an everyday item such as a playground roundabout be used to filter water or generate power but still allow children to use it for fun.
What a fantastic idea. Its simple, easy to use, good exercise and allows and individual with minimal effort to push large volumes of clean, safe water over a vast distance.