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Toyota’s new robot can play the violin

Toyota’s new robot can play the violin

May-14-10 By Paul Wagorn
Toyota is of course very well known for making cars, but not really for making robots - this is Honda domain. That being said, Toyota has been working on this robot for 3 years, and has now decided that it is ready for public viewing.

Open Innovation is not a Threat to Consultants

Mar-27-10 By Scott Wurtele
At first look, it appears that Innovation Intermediaries, with their access to tens of thousands of brilliant experts, would scare consultants.
Debating Communal Creativity

Debating Communal Creativity

Mar-02-10 By Kristeen
This week Peter Lloyd looks into the debate of Communal Creativity and explores both sides of the argument. In so doing, he himself quotes famous authors and musician on their perspective of plagiarism, originality, authenticity, or what have you.
Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

Feb-22-10 By Kristeen
With his Master's Degree in Biochemistry, Joseph Hawumba returned to Makerere University where he teaches biochemistry to science, medical, and veterinary students. He also carries out frontline scientific research and writes academic papers. Hawumba became a Problem Solver on IdeaConnection and was recently interviewed on his success.
3RD World Wheelchair

3RD World Wheelchair

Feb-18-10 By Kristeen
Amos Winter, a MIT graduate student, has developed an innovative mobility aid specifically for developing countries. Conventional wheelchairs are nearly impossible to propel on the sandy roads and muddy walking paths frequently encountered in the developing world. The Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC) uses an innovative approach to solve this problem by assembling this wheelchair from available bicycle parts.
Numbrella Umbrella

Numbrella Umbrella

Feb-17-10 By Kristeen
Just because it works doesn't mean it's pretty. Sometimes products are designed without questioning their actual target audience. Sure it rains all over the world, and yes, we all need umbrellas, and true, it would be nice to have our hands free - to talk on our cell phones and ride our bikes, but as the saying still holds, fashion before function people.
Backwards Innovation

Backwards Innovation

Feb-16-10 By Kristeen
Read Peter Lloyd's latest Right Brain Workout discussing the possibility that the invention of cars may have been a Backwards Invention. He explains that not all invention needs to take us in the direction we presume to think of as forward. Sometimes backwards is forward in the same way that less is more.
Why Didn’t I think of that?

Why Didn’t I think of that?

Feb-15-10 By Paul Wagorn
Frustration often begets creativity and innovation.
Wally Hermes Megayacht

Wally Hermes Megayacht

Feb-15-10 By Kristeen
A joint venture between French high fashion house Hermes and Wally Yachts formed to create Wally Hermes Yachts (WHY). Their first motor yacht redefines luxury living at sea; the 58 x 38 meters, multi-story floating personal holiday resort features almost an acre of floor space and an ultra-stable Norwegian Ramform hull. Its diesel-electric propulsion is the most efficient motorization to date and was conceived to reduce energy consumption up to 200 tons of diesel per year. Photovoltaic panels cover almost 900 square meters and generate enough energy to supplement most of the boat’s auxiliary system needs. It can cruise at 12 knots in a Force 4 gale and has enough range to cross the Atlantic four times without refueling.
Fresh from your Fridge

Fresh from your Fridge

Feb-11-10 By Kristeen
Designer Hanna Sandström teamed up with Whirlpool and Green Fortune to come up with a fridge that will help you grow your own garden greens. Lettuce and herbs purchased from the supermarket can be automatically fed with light and water to prolong life and growth. The Kitchen Garden system can also nurture a seed to a plant ripe for eating. For those of you without a green thumb, or dwelling without space for a garden, this concept refrigerator may be the perfect new kitchen appliance.

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