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Jim10
 USA
Dust Bunny Collection Device Printer Friendly Version
Yes, I know this sounds silly, and perhaps it is, but the proliferation and propagation of dust bunnies is a nuisance and a problem at home and work. What the device looks like: the size of a large fat cookie with doors in the sides the size of quarters. The center is hollow and is basically a housing bay or receptical for the bunnies. The top can be easily removed to discard bunny carcusses to a convenient waste basket, or, a more humane method: release them to the outside world. How it works: There is some kind of electro-magnetic (possibly) static generating, battery powered mechanism housed in the center of the device. Advantages: aside from removing these pesky rodents from living quarters, in a civilized, humane way...thus automatically keeping clean one's home and office, there are none. This could be a cool novelty yet practical and feasible invention for someone who has the technical ezpertise to create it! Besides...these creatures will be a lot happier in the wild...
Reward: Send me some...I could sure use 'em. 

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bdklahn
 USA
Non-GPS-based, computer interfaced, in home, cat tracker Printer Friendly Version
I saw the GPS-based doggy locator system post. Has anyone done this one? Use one or three (triangulation) in-home reciever/transmitters (maybe paintable, to blend into corners of ceiling) to track and record the exact location of your cat(s), while in the house (or any location in the range)? It seems like it wouldn't necessarily need a really high-power or sophisticated transmitter/receiver. . . I would've used this when we trained our second cat to use the toilet. She would occasionally use a few, favorite areas when she forgot about using the toilet. We didn't want to (but did) have to cover up or otherwise use physical blockades and clutter up our, already small, place.
The system would set off an audible command from a stereo (or shock on collar, or have small, portable, remote water squirt/sprayers, -whatever) when the pet is in a pre-programmed, discretely defined, off-limits areas. It could be linked to your PC and use a program that knows the boundaries of your home (area, whatever). You'd first take the collar around these boundaries of your place so the computer program could learn/outline the volume of range. Then you could go around and set "NO!" zones (our cats know what "NO!" and "Good Kitty" means). One could change the location and size of "NO!" zones from the computer, without moving obstacles. One could also record where the kitties have been while you are gone or where they are now, if they like to hide and sleep. It seems like having three, inexpensive reciever/transmitters would allow for realiability as well as pinpoint locating - to keep cats off vertically different surfaces like the counters, away from small "visited" spots on the carpet (cats can detect even well-cleaned areas), while allowing them freedom to roam anywhere else.
Reward: Joy of seeing a low-cost system developed and work, and maybe get a free one and/or whatever the developer sees as fair. 

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RadioPersonality
 USA
Retractable TV chords Printer Friendly Version
I used to work in the VCR/TV repair business, I can’t tell you how often people would trip over the VCR or TV electrical chords. Most cords are very long. Wouldn’t it be great if TV cords where retractable? It would be so nice not tripping over a 36 inch TV chord while you're holding it, most people don’t know how to wrap it up nice. I thought of this idea about 5 or 6 years ago.

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