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a brietzke
 Canada
Hybrid trailer car Printer Friendly Version
In a previous entry I wrote about a design for a "rubber band car", But after watching the documentery "Who killed the electric car?" (a movie I highly recommend!), I think I have a much more practical idea:
It is currently possible to make an electric car that can run for at least 150 kilometers on a single charge and be recharged at home or anywhere using a standard electrical outlet in as little as a few hours. These EV1 created by GM in the mid 90's were one of a few of these cars made and the vast majority of those who leased them thought they were fantastic. They were affordable, required little servicing, eliminated trips to the gas station, and had more then enough range for average daily commuting needs. The batteries they used were good for that era, but battery technology has improved significantly since then.
GM (as well as Ford, Toyota, and Honda) did everything they could to sabotage their own product for various reasons, including obvious pressure from oil companies. Their official reason was that consumers would not accept the limited range and length of charge time, despite the fact that users of the cars had no problem with these limitations.
I believe that these limitations could be overcome with one added feature - a gas or diesel generator trailer that would plug directly into the car. This product could be purchased with the electric car or seperately if the user wanted it. For the majority of the time the trailer could be parked in the driveway or garage while the driver used only electicity for the majority of their commuting, but if they wanted to take a longer trip they would simply attach the trailer, start the generator, and drive as far as they wanted, stopping at gas stations to refill.
The trailer would'nt need to be very big, somewhere between a motorcycle trailer and a tent trailer. The trailer itself would also be useful in that it would be a portable gas generator like any other, handy for power outages, camping, etc.
Hydrogen is never going to be practical or affordable for cars or small trucks, and the car and oil companies know it. They are simply using the promise of hydrogen to stall for time. Battery technology will continue to improve, but in the mean time I think this would be a marketable alternative.
Reward: A free set of solar panels and a windmill so I can drive the electric car I'll eventually have for free! 

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AaronBurns
 USA
Book Television Channel Printer Friendly Version
Have you ever read the top ten best seller list and knew that you just don't have the time to read ten books a month? Now you can watch ten books a day. With a more thorough dialogue and a full reading of every word in the book put into a watchable format played out like a movie or soap opera then, the seeing can watch the book they meant to read and the blind can hear the book through decent speakers played out by many characters and real time sound. Unlike the books on tape they listen to now wear, you hear several people and see or read several people instead of only one. Also, the deaf can watch the show and read along with the subtitles on that channel.
Really the best TV I can think to watch and the best part is everyone including the elderly with impairments and those with permanent blindness or deafness can all take in the same shows that we want to watch. I know I would watch it and it should be included with all basic cable so, everyone that can't afford all the extras can watch too. We then have a nation of well read people all reading from the TV or watching the best selling books in two to four hours rather than spending two weeks too a month for one book. And for those religious type, you could have your bibles fully read to you in a few episodes! I would also like to catch up on some of those old classic books I always meant too watch. With millions of great books, it makes a never ending supply of TV.
Reward: Credit 

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notthenameiwant
 USA
Portable movie theater Printer Friendly Version
This would be similar to a handheld media player/video ipod- except that it would have a built-in projector that you could use to project the image onto any wall. It would need to be super high-tech to be able to fit the projector lens and a high powerful speaker system into a handheld device. For business people, It could also have a keychain remote control and have the ability to read and display powerpoint files.
Reward: A free unit for myself. 

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