Innovation Archives

February 12, 2008

Ingenious (and Fun!) Water Pump

In places like Africa where clean water is at a premium and girls must often spend much time carrying it from the source to their village, PlayPump works at a nearby underground source. How does it work? It’s a merry-go-round! Five minutes of kids playing on it provides a good-size bucket of water. See the YouTube video

Source: Guy Kawasaki – The Cleverest Idea I’ve Seen In Years

February 22, 2008

Steve Wozniak on Apple, Steve Jobs and the Value of a Good Prank

Steve Wozniak, or "Woz" as he is commonly called, is best known for co-founding Apple along with high school friend Steve Jobs. Knowledge@Wharton speaks with Wozniak on a wide range of topics including founding Apple, his relationship with Steve Jobs, and his fascination with pranks.

February 29, 2008

Magnetic Atoms of Precious Metals

An international team led by Physics and Chemistry teams from the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) has used a controlled chemical process to make gold, silver and copper, intrinsically non-magnetic metals, magnetic.
Read the English summary article on Science Daily.

March 17, 2008

Electricity From Painted Solar Cells

Unlike conventional solar cells, solar cells painted onto flexible steel surfaces being developed at Swansea, are more efficient at capturing low light radiation, meaning that they are better suited to northern countries. Read more at Science Daily.

Semiconductor Wire Built Into An Optical Fiber

Teams from Penn State University in the United States and the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom has developed a process for growing a single-crystal semiconductor inside the tunnel of a hollow optical fiber. Read more at the Penn State News.

May 9, 2008

Make your own ethanol at home

From Reuters:

E-Fuel Co has announced the release of it's "MicroFueler" that allows you to make your own fuel at home using sugar. At $10,000.00 a unit you may want to get your neighbors to chip in.

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About the MicroFueler from Engadget:

May 19, 2008

Full Body Networking

Bluetooth has now moved into the medical field. Just like a laptop within a wireless signal, your “in-body network” would immediately send an alert when a heart attack is happening. The technology, which is being tested now in Portsmouth (UK), could also be used if a patient failed to take his or her medicines. Read the article in the Times (London).

May 20, 2008

Rocket Man Flies

Former fighter pilot Yves Rossy, 48, accelerated to 186 miles an hour May 14, 2008, over the Swiss Alps during his first public flight while strapped to his self-made, jet-powered wings. He hopes to eventually fly the English Channel. Read more and watch the video on MSNBC

June 3, 2008

Fold It!

Researchers at the University of Washington have created a computer game called Foldit, that simulates protein structures using protein sequence-design algorithms. Players create protein structures, the more chemically stable the protein the more points the player earns.

The project is the latest innovation of the Rosetta@Home project that uses screen savers and computer downtime to work out how proteins fold.

"Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans' puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins."

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June 5, 2008

Solar cells digused as leaves

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Mitsubishi, and Tokki Corp have designed a thin-film solar cell disguised as a leaves on a plant. They plan to develop these thin-film solar cells for use in architecture as well as other everyday uses like toys, household items, clothes etc.

Complete article:

June 12, 2008

New slim, streamlined plasma TVs

Japanese manufacturer Shinoda Plasma Co. will demonstrate for the first time in the U.S. next week its 125-inch, curved-screen "Shipla Wall" television. The superslim TV uses plasma tube arrays, allowing for a superior picture and a tenth of the weight of a regular plasma TV. Read more at Electronic House.

August 25, 2008

Urging manfacturers to make products that can be repaired or repurposed

Mr. Jalopy, a writer for Make magazine and author of the Maker's Bill of Rights is advocating for manufacturers to think more creatively when designing new products. He wants them to include features such as customization of parts, minimize "special" tools for such things as replacing a battery and give more thought to how users can repurpose, repair, or reuse the product or its parts.

Full article:

September 24, 2008

SPIE Photonincs Innovation Summit

SPIE Photonics Innovation Summit
6 November 2008
San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel
Burlingame, California, USA

Attend the SPIE Photonics Innovation Summit and take the mystery out of innovation – refine your strategy, learn new tactics and improve the odds of successful commercialization. Become fluent in the latest business research and learn real-world lessons from successful innovators.
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1) Learn from world-renowned speakers including top authors Henry Chesbrough and John Kao.

2) A unique focus on photonics – hear leaders and top thinkers in solar, solid-state lighting and biophotonics from Stanford, Berkeley, PARC, and DOE.

3) Make new connections that can help you move ideas to market.

4) You’ll be able to cultivate and sustain innovation, so it becomes a standard way of working and thinking in your company.

5) Two free books by keynote speakers – Open Innovation by Chesbrough and Innovation Nation by Kao.
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In one day, you will learn how to help innovation flourish in your organization – isn’t that worth putting on your calendar, right now?


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Hear from the experts who have turned their intellectual capital into real-world success:

David Benaron, Spectros
Craig Cornelius, Hudson Clean Energy Partners
Henry Chesbrough, UC Berkeley
George Craford, Lumileds
Chris Eberspacher, Applied Materials
Scott Elrod, PARC, Hardware Systems Labs
Jennifer Ernst, PARC
Joseph W. Goodman, Stanford University
John Kao, Kao & Co.
John Lushetsky, U.S. Department of Energy
Lesa Mitchell, Kauffman Foundation
Richard Swanson, SunPower
Jean-Luc Vanderheyden, GE Healthcare
Peter Visser, Philips Lighting

October 10, 2008

Cylindrical solar cells

Forget those flat silicon laden solar cells that have to be tilted to absorb the most sunlight. A Fremont company, Solyndra, has created cylindrical solar cells that "collect sunlight more efficiently across a broader range of angles and catch light reflected off the roof."

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November 24, 2008

Stanford Global Innovation Tournament Entries

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Stanford students were challenged to use an everyday object to create as much "value" as possible. The mystery object was revealed to be water bottles. The videos below are the Stanford recognized entries:

Winners of the Global challenge will be announced December 5.

December 5, 2008

Global Innovation Tournament Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Stanford Global Innovation Tournament. See the winners and watch videos of the entries here:

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