After having a stroke, people’s neural pathways are damaged and physical therapy is required. Amelia Day, a middle school American girl, created the “Pressure Soccer Ball”: a rehabilitation pressure sensing ball that helps people recover from a stroke using light and sound stimuli. The ball gives the user sensory feedback on kicking accuracy to help them regain mobility and strength.
See the young 14-year-old aspiring inventor herself explain her invention here:
How can you also modify existing products to serve a different community?
Think back to your childhood and surely you can recall conjuring one or two nifty inventions in your little inspired mind then. Children have the benefit of basically not knowing what is not possible, and as a result they often dare to dream big and bold when it comes to ideation.
Dominic Wilcox’s INVENTORS! project taps on this, aiming to “inspire and encourage children to believe in the power of their imagination, find some great ideas and create some wonderful objects”. Selected ideas – from the brilliant to the bizarre – get made into real models by actual manufacturers and subsequently exhibited.
Meet the Swiss Army Knife equivalent of the standard cooler box – The ‘Coolest’.
Might not be so applicable for Singapore given our modest camping / outdoor culture. But how can you apply the same principle of creative combination to devise innovative products of your own to meet the needs of society?