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Off Peak Power Printer Friendly Version
Usually power companies have lower rates during a certain time of day, why not have a home device that charges up during off peak hours, then the home uses that electricity during peak hours. Maybe as simple as a rack of car batteries, or a flywheel or large capacitor.
Reward: We all get one, and fewer polluting power plants are built. 

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Monitor Art Printer Friendly Version
An art device for an upscale audience. You know those new flat tvs and computer monitors with the great resolution. Have several wall-mounted throughout the home or business. (plug hidden of course) Have them networked to a simple server that stores high pixel pictures of fine art: eg: Picasso, Monet, Renoir, etc...what suits your palette...and matches to drapes! The idea being that with a fairly low lit, flat, simply bordered (framed) monitor...these famous paintings are yours for free to display. And kind of a "trompe l'oeill" effect...as, if you're really particular, the screen size could even be the same size of the original painting. And if you get tired of that particular Pollack...perhaps too busy/ dizzy, change periodically with the click of a mouse to something more contemplative...like a Rothko or an Albers. Just a suggestion. Or...if you're having guests over that prefer something else...or change periodically during an evening of entertaining...like a very slow computer slide show.
Reward: several monitors for my estate... 

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Labelling Garments and Footwear with Measures of Durability Printer Friendly Version
Cheap garments and footwear often wear out very quickly, so the savings made by consumers are illusory - they soon need to be replaced.
Can we develop scientifically based measurements of the durability of garments and footwear, and include this information on labels? Then when shopping we can compare the durability of these items as well as the price.
This would also force manufacturers to compete on durability as well as price. In Australia where I live the market has been flooded with cheap garments and footwear, and many companies who may have produced good quality long lasting products have gone out of business. If such firms had a means of competing on durability as well as price, they might retain a greater share of the market and stay in business.

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