EVERYTHING BRILLIANT

starts with an idea

It's not how many ideas you have, it's how many you make happen

Brilliant Idea #365. Electric Vehicle charging road train

If they can refuel a plane at 30k feet and 500mph, can’t we-recharge an electric vehicle in motion? When all HGV lorries are EVs or hybrids, they’ll have huge batteries. The car (with a small battery) will drive behind the lorry, tether and recharge on the motorway.  The car gets an un-interrupted journey (re-charging on […]

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Brilliant Idea #364. Alexa stretch skill

If you sit down all day, bad news, it’s slowly killing your. Doctors call it the sitting disease. More worrying, the latest research suggests that you can’t undo the 8-10 hours a day you’re sitting down working by then going to the gym in the evening. You can, according to the science, undo the harm […]

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Birlliant Idea #362. The misguided tour co.

A city tour in a bus, taxi or tuktuk, but the tour commentary is nonsense – amusing nonesense, just for fun. Brilliant.

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Brilliant Idea #361. Start an internet conspiracy that internet conspiracies are just a conspiracy

We’ve seen a number of internet conspirancies that have taken hold in the last few years – the flat earth one being an example which is, let’s face it, just stupid. How do they take hold? Presumably it’s not just highly convincing YouTube videos. Isn’t it also that some people are pre-desposed to wanting to […]

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Logs from coffee grounds. Brilliant

We drink millions of cups of coffee every day (in fact, I really should start a coffee shop, it might be more profitable than innovation consulting). That’s a LOT of used coffee grounds. Bio-Bean turn them into logs to burn in the fireplace. Brilliant. http://www.bio-bean.com/coffee-logs/

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Brilliant idea #360. Point ring

I’ve an Amazon Alexa in my home connected to wifi enabled lightulbs so I can walk into, for instance, the master bedroom and say “Alexa, turn on the bedroom lamp” and it will send a message to the lamp to turn it on (or off). It’ll even turn it up or down or, with the […]

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Brilliant Idea #359. The huggable bracelet

It’s a wareable bracelet, like a fitbit or similar, but, it’s passes on hugs from friends and family. It’ll expand and warm up when people send it a hug via an app. Imagine someone is going through an illness, or bereavement, or just the first day at  a new job – something where knowing that […]

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Brilliant Idea #357. Fake grass that looks less fake

Fake grass is, well, obvious, because it’s perfect. Brilliant Idea #357 is fake grass that looks less fake. Why can’t I buy fake grass that has a slightly different grass hight and colour?

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Using gravity to store electricity

We’d all like to use more energy generated from renewable sources than carbon technologies but one thing traditional power generation has over renewables like solar and wind is that if we need more energy at some point, we can throw more coal or gas into the furnaces, but we can’t make the wind blow or […]

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Brilliant Idea #356. The Idea Taxi

Everything brilliant about your organisation started with an idea. Everything that will be brilliant about your organisation WILL start with an idea. You just need to find that idea. Why then do organisations find it so hard to find (and recognise) the next brilliant idea? Well that’s because ideas can be hard and sharing ideas […]

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Brilliant Idea #352. Crowd Count Drone

We’ve seen this plenty of times before, but never so brilliantly as after the Inauguration of the man-baby fascist, Donald Trump who claimed, despite these photos which seem to show the contrary, that the largest gathering of human beings ever amassed came out to see him take the oath (can known liars take oaths….I digress). […]

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Brilliant Idea #351. The How2 bot

I used to work in the process business. If you read Brilliant Idea #345 you’ll know that. Large corporations spend a huge amount of money documenting and managing their businesses process for two reasons; because they have to for compliance reasons and so their staff know how to do ‘stuff’.  There is a flaw. Most people, […]

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Brilliant Idea #355. Dog TV

Brilliant Idea #355 is a TV channel that just shows dogs enjoying themselves. Dogs love watching other dogs. When an owner wants to calm their dog, they switch on the Dog Channel. How come this isn’t already a thing? Brilliant

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Brilliant Idea #345. Disrupting the Process Diagram

I know, from a previous role, a reasonable amount about process mapping and process mapping tools. One of the ways we used to teach the basics of process was to ask people to think about making a cup of tea. Of course anyone can describe this and write it down, but when you start to […]

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Brilliant Idea #354

The world needs a toaster with a pull out vacuum cleaner to pick-up the inevitable crumbs. That’s it. Brilliant.

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Brilliant Idea #353. Wifi that helps you learn

We can’t live without wifi, can we. Our kids can’t live without wifi. What wouldn’t we do for a wifi connection? Learn a language? Revise for an exam? Learn a speech? That’s it, Brilliant Idea #353 is a piece of software that locks wifi to just one program – a quiz that forces you to […]

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Brilliant Idea #350. Facebook check-in bot

If you are on facebook the chances are that you have a friend or friends that ‘check-in’ when they get to a pub or restaurant just to let everyone know what a great social life they have. Brilliant Idea #350 is for us sados that don’t have as interesting a social life (or, frankly in […]

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Brilliant Idea #349. Rubber fence posts

I’m sitting working from home and seeing my garden fence being blown back and forth by the might of storm Imogen. Already I have two wooden fence posts that have snapped at the base that will need digging out and re-setting which is a nasty job. Brilliant Idea #349 is to make fence posts from […]

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Brilliant Idea #348. The powercut torch

I bet you have a torch somewhere ready for a powercut. But are¬†you 100% sure where it is and indeed whether the batteries are still usable? Brilliant Idea #348 is a torch that you plug-in to the mains so it’s constantly charged, but here’s the clever bit, it turns on when the power is off. […]

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How do you get a retail experience from a vending machine?

I bought a Costa Coffee from a vending machine in a newsagents. When you start the process of ordering (by pressing buttons) it plays the noise of a coffee shop – the music in the background plus people talking and chinking cups and saucers. I really couldn’t decide whether it was brilliant or awful. But […]

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