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11/18/2013

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The Air Quality Egg is a sensor system that allows users to make high-resolution readings of NO2 and CO outside their homes. It consists of an electronic outdoor sensing system to take the readings and an egg-shaped base station inside the home to receive them. Sensemakers, its creators, say the technology 'gives people a way to participate in the conversation about air quality.' (Source: Sensemakers)

The Air Quality Egg is a sensor system that allows users to make high-resolution readings of NO2 and CO outside their homes. It consists of an electronic outdoor sensing system to take the readings and an egg-shaped base station inside the home to receive them. Sensemakers, its creators, say the technology “gives people a way to participate in the conversation about air quality.”
(Source: Sensemakers)

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Elizabeth M
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Re: Ideas, ideas, everywhere
Elizabeth M   9/16/2014 6:02:50 AM
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Ha, yes, Cabe, i would file that under the "wacky" category on Kickstarter. Wonders never cease.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   9/16/2014 5:59:30 AM
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Yes, it's true, Chuck. I have a lot of fun just checking out Kickstarter sometimes to see what inspired minds are coming up with. Some, as you point out, are quite interesting; some merely wacky. ;)

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Cabe Atwell   9/12/2014 5:10:29 PM
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Thank the maker that the slideshow didn't include potato salad! It's amazing what can get funded on Kickstarter.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   12/2/2013 5:35:06 PM
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Liz, the truth is that there are so great ideas in Kickstarter's technology section that it's easy to page through and find an interesting group of technical ideas.

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Nancy Golden   11/24/2013 6:46:21 PM
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"In the past, there weren't many good avenues for inventors. They'd often end up going to companies that claimed to market inventions and wanted money up front for their services, sometimes with questionable results."

I think you are spot on with this comment, Charles. A lot of people have been ripped off in the past by taking their idea to a company who claimed that they would be able to help them develop and market it - with the carrot of the inventor becoming rich, so their huge fees were justifiable. With Kickstarter - this method presentas a way for an inventor to fund their project without that type of risk - and the folks that contribute do so with the understanding that a monetary return is not promised. I think this is cool - an online community supporting innovation through donation...


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Charles Murray   11/21/2013 5:23:46 PM
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I like the idea of the OpenROV, too, notarboca. I would love to see what's in the deep water in some of the locales I've visited in Florida.  

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/21/2013 4:13:54 AM
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Well Jenn had a great idea but you executed really well, Chuck. I imagine it was pretty difficult to cull through all of the ideas on Kickstarter. It's a great website and a great venue for innovation and for people to get funded who might otherwise not stand a chance, but I imagine there are also alot of things that only their inventors think are good ideas.

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notarboca   11/20/2013 9:15:52 PM
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Just from a personal standpoint, I like the OpenRV and the WiFi enabled lightbulb.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   11/20/2013 7:17:57 PM
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Thanks, Liz, but the credit for this idea goes to our executive editor, Jennifer Campbell.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/20/2013 7:25:39 AM
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Anything that makes the brewing and dispensing of coffee easier and more efficient is OK in my book. Now if someone invented a wearable caffeine-injection device that you could wear on your body and have it administer caffeine whenever you needed it throughout the day, that is a technology I could really get behind!

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