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Blog Council – Session 12


Class Blog Bracket

Most Creative: Mary B.

Best Title: Robbie Spencer

We Would Like to See This Soon… : Rafi

Good work on all of your innovative blogs this week. We enjoyed reading about all of your ideas.  Keep commenting! We strongly encourage conversation in the comments section of your blogs.

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A Potential Cure to Our Sleepless Lives


Originally, I was going to propose inventing a dream machine that would record people’s dreams and play them back to us in the morning like television. I came up with this because I hardly ever remember my dreams, and I thought that remembering dreams would provide insight into peoples’ sub-conscious minds; thus enabling people to understand themselves in a new light. However, as I tried to research the importance of dreams, the subject was largely overshadowed by the importance of sleep, so I decided to add to my invention. If I could have something invented, I would want a sleeping cap invented that when put on, would help to relax people’s minds in order to fall asleep faster and easier. But, because dreams and sleep are so interconnected (and I think remembering dreams would be fascinating), this sleeping cap would also record our dreams and replay them to us the next morning.

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Recycle Battery Vending Machine


I love this idea from a few years ago.  Original post by Vinni Ciotti.

For my 60-second idea I wanted to approach a small aspect of a large problem.  In today’s world, we are facing a rather large pollution problem.  Within the problem of pollution, battery disposal is an issue that we face, and a lot of people are not properly disposing of their batteries.  It is common knowledge that people use a TON of batteries throughout their lifetime.  From TV remotes, to Xbox controllers, to clocks, all the way to flashlights, we use batteries of all different sizes each and every day.  There are already battery collection stations around the world, but I find there to be a lack of incentive for people to actually travel to them and dispose of batteries properly. Continue reading Recycle Battery Vending Machine

Heated Roads Pave the Way to the Future


My idea that I would want Elon Musk to “invent” is heated roads.  More specifically I would want Musk to come up with a cost-effective way to heat roads and highways in order to melt snow and other inclement weather.  It is clear in recent years that weather patterns have become somewhat strange. Parts of the northeast (US) have been hit with several feet of snow. Perhaps even more worrisome is that many areas of the south have also been hit with snow, and they are not nearly as prepared to remove it.

Heated roads and highways would provide a much safer travelling experience all over the country, and potentially the world. Millions of Americans could be positively impacted by this kind of innovation.  It is not the first time this idea has been proposed. This article shows that scientists and engineers have tried to develop new kinds of roads that could melt roads, but progress has yet to really been seen. I propose a way to heat the current roads that we have now.

The most important aspect to this idea is cost-effectiveness. The cost of installing Musk’s new heating system in roads would have to be less than the current budget for snow removal services such as plows and salt.  The project must have a positive NPV. Additionally, the burden of construction would have to outweighed by the benefits of effectively safer roads. I do not possess the know-how needed to invent such a system, otherwise I would not be asking Elon Musk to invent it for me, but I would imagine that he could come up with an easy way to insert an easily heated material underneath the gravel of roads and highways that could then be activated and initiated from above ground.

If implemented properly, this system could save lives as well as make travelling easier on a daily basis in the winter time.  If Elon Musk could figure out a way to heat roads on an affordable basis, then many people could be positively impacted.

 

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Give Mr. Musk a Challenge- prompt 8


Mr. Musk

Imagine you are conversing with Elon Musk and he asks you to come up with an invention that he will work to invent in the coming years.  Your mind explodes with ideas as you consider the possibilities.  You are limited only by your imagination.

Come up with an invention that will benefit the world as much as possible. Explain to Mr. Musk how the invention would work and how it would benefit the world. Your response can expand on concepts and topics we have covered or discussed in class or can be an original idea.

Don’t forget to use appropriate media to enhance your post.

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