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Richard A. Black
Auto-Sock Printer Friendly Version
While water skiing I tore my left hamstring. It takes a long time to heal, and putting on a sock in a conventional way is impossible. I use a round plastic food container that has a circumference slightly larger than the width of my foot. I stretch the sock opening so that it is supported and held open by the neck of the container. I then place it on the floor, opening towards the ceiling. Once 25% of my foot is shoved through the opening, the sock is released and collapses onto my foot. I am then able to use cooking tongs to reach the sock and pull it further towards the ankle, so that I can eventually reach it with my hands and fully pull it on.
I am certain there are a number of individuals who for various reasons can't bend far enough to put on socks, and having an assistant around all the time is impractical. Or absolutely dangerous, when she is still sound asleep and extremely adept at remembering the precise words she used reminding you not to even try skiing, especially after you had enjoyed great quantities of the fermented spring water of the Rockies and you exited the boat with a back flip shouting "y'all watch this!".
With a little creative refinement, like a more ergonomic receptacle than Tupperware, and a better grasping device than hot dog tongs, this idea could be very useful to those who cannot touch their toes and wish to avoid the hassle and expense of a personal assistant regardless of their motivation (although I would suspect mothers would be more sympathetic than wives). I suspect an extension device that requires little or no bending over would even be met with greater enthusiasm. Unlike Tupperware and frankfurter grabbers, this device does not need to be dishwasher proof.
Reward: One free prototype sample ASAP. 

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Arlo Vander
New Word Printer Friendly Version
Ever wonder where new words come from? Especially with terms dealing with everyday life and culture, by the time they're widely accepted, there's often no way to trace their origins. Let's change that by introducing a new word right here on this site:
Pooly - adj., interesting or intriguing in a cool and creative way
Let's all try to use this word once a week in everyday conversation or in writing, and see how quickly it spreads.
Reward: Entertainment value! 

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Musician Pet Printer Friendly Version
This toy would hook up wirelessly to handheld devices, find favorite music, and then produce simple variations on favorite songs, based on what the user (child or adult) says to the stuffed animal about the song. The point is to have a cheap alternative to robots, which do creative things, but with the advantage of being cuddly.
Reward: Maybe one of these electronics things will finally work for me - usually I have misgivings. Intangible / secondary reward. 

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