9 Interesting Ideas In Action

 

A compilation of 9 intriguing new ideas, businesses, or applications from around the world.

1. Books Sold Through Vending Machines

24x7 Cultural is selling books for pay-what-you-want prices in Brazil. Certainly not a good sign for book stores.

2. Problem Solving Platform Connects Businesses with Students

MindSumo invites students to solve businesses problems, while showing off their capabilities for potential jobs.

3. Taxi Service for Kids!

Fleurette Kids Taxi in Ottawa provides safe, secure transportation for kids - love this one.

4. Using the Crowd for Cheap Airfare

FlightFox in Australia uses the crowd to find the cheapest airfares available.

5. Interactive Takeout Menu’s via QR Codes

L.A. based Paperlinks is making access to restaurant’s takeout menus easy and interactive with QR codes.

6. Platform Matches Socially Focused Start-ups with Designers

Brands for the People is a platform that connects ethically conscious companies with affordable branding.

7. Site Rewards Families for Household Chores

HighScore House makes doing chores fun by making them challenges you complete for rewards in a game.

8. Mobile Platform Enables Real-time Student Analysis

GoSoapBox is a mobile platform that enhances the classroom through real-time participation, feedback, and assessment. 

9. Site Creates a Launch Page for Your New Venture

LaunchRock is a simple web app that creates a ‘Coming Soon’ page for your new venture, to help you build buzz and prepare for your launch.

Lots of awesome stuff going on all around the world. Do you have an idea that can solve a real world problem? Make it happen.

Let Me Sleep Brain!

I’m about to drift off to sleep. I’m exhausted and looking forward to a night’s rest, and then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, I have a brilliant idea or a stroke of insight and my entire night is ruined.

Has that ever happened to you? Because it has happened to me plenty and I’ve always wondered why! 

To satiate my curiosity, I did some research into the subject.

In the simplest of terms, this happens because it is necessary for our brains to be in a relaxed state for us to come up with insights and unique ideas about something we are dealing with or a problem we are facing in life.

Usually when we are trying to solve a problem, we focus all of our attention on that, which is handled by the left brain. In the end, we tend to not come up with anything because we are actively looking for that solution.

On the other hand, when your brain is in a relaxed state, such as when you’re in the shower or just getting to bed (damn you!), you are accessing your right brain, which brings about these insights and ideas that are otherwise hidden from you.

Again, this is a very basic explanation and you can check out more research about it here, but at least now we all know why this happens.