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Room Rounder Printer Friendly Version
We seem to spend the majority of our time in square environments filled with 90 degree right angles. A standard room in a typical live/work structure is designed with walls joined together at 90 degree angles (ie. a square room with 4 walls). I once heard of a study which found that people tend to feel more 'creative' and relaxed in curvilinear or 'natural' environments. It makes sense to me that 'we' as creative 'beings' would function better in environments that would better support our inherent nature.
I propose a floor to ceiling rounded (concave) 'corner insert' for the home or office transforming ones interior space into a 'softer' more creative environment. People would install the 'Room Rounder' after market without the help of a contractor.
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Toinette Hodges
Pocket Reading Device Printer Friendly Version
My son is in fifth grade. He is dyslexic. It takes him at least 3 times longer to read materials than other children his age. He usually does not comprehend what he reads. However, he is very smart. If someone reads to him, he understands very well and is able to answer any question asked him about the material. I have to read everything to him in the afternoons and evenings to prepare him to go to school the next day and be able to pass. He is very self conscious and hates to be made fun of for his lack of reading skills. When the teacher has to read to him in front of the class, he gets very embarrassed. Many times he gets bad grades because he does not want to ask questions or get help from the teacher because of his embarrassment.
The invention I would like to see become a reality is as follows: A hand-held, portable, small machine that a person can scan reading material with, one line at a time. The machine will have a computer chip that will read the information and repeat the information in audible sound to the reader. This sound should be able to come to the reader through an earplug. This device needs to be small and inconspicuous. I am thinking it would look like a pocket tape recorder with earplugs and another cord with a small reading attachment that would be used to scan with. Or possibly, instead of a second cord, the scanner would be built into the pocket sized device and the entire device would be passed over the reading material to scan it. My son could use this device from now on. He could read the newspaper, directions on packages, books, etc. It would open up a whole new world for him and help him to be the successful adult that I know he can become. Will someone creative please help me make this a reality!!

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Judy Minehan
Finger-Pen Printer Friendly Version
To develop a plastic device to sit over a finger that enables people with a disability to write more easily or for chidren/artists to use in a creative way. The device would consist of a ball or nib protrubing from the tip of the finger with an enclosed inner well or wick of coloured ink/paint located under the finger. Children could wear pens on all fingers for a new form of finger-painting. Students could use them to underline key points while studying; bingo players and office workers would also find a use for the idea.

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