Warning & Cryptic shark deterrent wetsuits attempt to prevent shark attacks on simmers, surfers, and divers.
This image shows the “warning” version of a new shark deterrent wetsuit created by a research team in Australia after five people were killed off the western coast two years ago.
In response to this tragedy, two surfers decided that enough was enough. They spent the next few months pouring over the research and science of how ocean predators see and identify their prey. This is an excellent example of leveraging use cases and research to innovate.
They were able to analyze the data and put their findings to use designing what they believe are deterrents for sharks. They then took their concepts out into the water and gathered additional data with sharks in the wild comparing traditional wetsuits and their new wetsuit designs. Although they are not willing to say the suits are a guarantee to avoid attacks, all data seems to indicate that the new designs do in fact deter sharks.
We can learn a few lessons from this:
1. If you are passionate enough about something, you can make it happen.
2. Proper data collection and analysis can lead to innovative solutions.
3. Concept testing is critically important. (I don’t think anyone would be willing to bet their life on a wetsuit that had never been tested, would you?)
4. Know your customers needs. (Would you be willing to pay a little more for a wetsuit if there was even a small chance that it actually deterred sharks?)
This is a great story of how innovations don’t always come from blue sky invention. Identifying and finding ways to satisfy customer needs can yield amazing innovations.
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Two African students of the Ouagadougou based International Institute for Water and Environment in Burkina Faso won the 1ST and People’s Choice prizes at the 2013 Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) held at the Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, University of California, USA.
The two students are the first non-American born citizens to ever win the GSVC which was in recognition of their invention of a malaria repellent soap that topped 18 global finalists from across the world.
Moctar Dembele from Burkina Faso and Gérard Niyondiko from Burundi jointly made the innovative breakthrough using a combination of karate citronella and other local herbs.
The Faso Soap, as the invention is called, offers an innovative African solution to the most dangerous African killer problem, malaria.
It takes into particular account the financial constraints of ordinary people and the cultural habits of local families. In the words of Dembele, “everyone uses soaps, even in the very poor communities”.
A research chemist in china has developed a Bullet Proof Paint!
What’s even more impressive is that it is made from rice! from nano silica found in rice husks, to be exact. The paint does not have to be very thick at all, and so it is much lighter than traditional kevlar, and it can stop a bullet fired from 2 meters (6 feet) away.
Furthermore, it can protect whatever it is covering from fire for 2-6 hours, kill 99% of bacteria on the surface, and stop any rusting occuring for upto 10 years of being underwater.
One Innovation By Design entrant is Hello Compost, a proposed program in which low-income families will be able exchange compost for produce credits.
“We need to re-imagine the role of food waste from being a smelly, unattractive side effect of eating to an attractive resource for residents to positively impact their community and to help put fresh food on the table,” says cofounder Aly Blenkin.