Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Final Post (for now) on Ideas for Good

There's nothing like a looming deadline to get those creative juices flowing.  So I've added two more draft submissions below for you to peruse and comment on, or for you to build on with your own innovative entries.  We're here to help each other and create the very best ideas we can.
  • Improve Motorcycle Training and Rider Safety: Many states and countries require motorcycle for training to gain a license, and each year over 400,000 Americans enroll in Motorcycle Training Courses and learn to ride a bike for the first time. All to address the over 4,000 riders who die each year in accidents.  To improve training and save more lives, I propose reversing the Advanced Parking Guidance System so it moves forward on a closed course while navigating fake traffic obstacles. Like training wheels, the system would steer around trouble areas while the driver only worries about staying upright and in control.  Over time the driver will gain confidence and will drive the course themselves while keeping the system only in case of emergencies. 
  • Improving Crane Safety: Industrial tower cranes and shipyard gantries are powerful pieces of equipment that require the gentlest touch to use.  While soaring above skyscrapers and seaports in high winds, operators must handle multiple controls with both hands while simultaneously watching their swinging load. I propose adding a heads-up Touch Tracer display in cockpits so operators can see exactly which controls they are using.  Combined with a birds-eye view and cameras projecting cargo close-ups operators get the complete picture.   A leading cause of crane accidents is operator error; with cranes lifting over 30 tons and costing millions of dollars each, preventing even the smallest accident is important.
  • Training Faster and Stronger Olympians: Olympic athletes train for years to be faster and stronger than their competition and learn the best possible technique.  To  maximize their performance, THUMS could be adapted to better understand the body mechanics of various sports and teach athletes the best way to compete. Athletic motions like lifting weights, pitching baseballs, or throwing javelins can be analyzed to find the perfect technique that maximizes the bodies' muscles as a whole.  It can also identify key muscles required to compete in sports like rowing or biking, and helping athletes isolate them for training.  It also makes the Olympics safer.  By understanding every motion trainers can teach athletes how to reduce injuries and prolong their careers.
Do these sound good to you?  Let me know in the comments below.


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