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mtd28student
 New Zealand
Sun Glare Printer Friendly Version
I have been sitting on this idea for a while now. I emailed the below letter to BMW’s online innovation website, but unfortunately they responded many months later with: “We have evaluated your proposal and unfortunately have to inform you that we do not see any possibility of implementing your idea.” Oh well. So here I give my idea to you. Any advancements or improvements let me know.
It seems no matter what a driver does, sun glare continues to make driving difficult. At one time or another we’ve all gone through the routine of trying to avoid the sun’s glare while driving, and we know that driving and sun glare can be a deadly mixture. Poor visibility due to sun glare is the suspected cause of many motor vehicle accidents. Of those surveyed, 97 percent said that they had experienced sun strike during driving. Several ways to reduce the affects of sun glare are listed below.
• Make sure your windshield is free of pits and is clean, not only on the outside but also free of any inside film.
• Be sure to carry a good pair of sunglasses to provide some shade.
• Anticipate slowing traffic ahead of you. Adjust your speed so that you're not suddenly reacting to a slowdown.
• If you do suddenly become blinded by sun, don't slam on your breaks. Instead, let off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
• If at all possible, try to avoid the sunrise or sunset time frame. Leave early or later.
These methods help reduce the sun strike, but are not always convenient for the driver. One new innovative way to reduce the effects of glare is the tint the windscreen using LCD (or similar) technology. The windscreen could be made up many pixels which will only darken in the areas necessary. In other words the darkened pixels will cast a shadow of the drivers and passengers faces, thus blocking the sun and allowing them to still see the road.
To achieve this two main pieces of information are needed. These are the position of the sun in the sky relative to the car as well as the position of the people heads inside the car. These are both quite simple to do.
Some modern airbag designs get input from ultrasonic sensors around in the cars cabin as to location of the occupants. This gives the airbag the information needed on how much to deploy. This same technology could be used for finding the position of the occupant’s heads.
Finding the position of the sun could be achieved with a small, inexpensive black and white camera. The camera could be positioned out of the way, in one of the head lights. With the aid of software the position of the bright object (in this case the sun) could be located. The camera could also detect the intensity of the light and adjust the contrast of the pixels accordingly.
Software would then put all the information together and tint the windscreen in the appropriate places.
Having this technology in a car would give rise to several advantages.
• You could do away with the sun visor, making the inside of the car smoother.
• The whole windscreen could tint slightly when driving in snow to help reduce the overall brightness.
• When the car is parked up, the windscreen could darken, which would protect the interior from the sun as well making the inside of the car cooler.
• Increased safety because of information the airbags receive.
This is a basic overview of this concept. If you have any further questions please to not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your time.

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AaronBurns
 USA
Permanently Infused Scented Plastics Printer Friendly Version
Have you ever brought home a new DVD, CD, or plastic product and noticed just how strong the smell was? Pretty strong right? Well, plastics can hold scents for about 2000 years and that's 2000 years longer than all those new Glade Plug-Ins and scented oils and candles that currently mask odors or provide a nice spring fresh scent to any room for us. The products of today only last a week or month and then you need to go out and buy new ones or buy refills.
What if we infuse a strong but nice fragrance into plastic discs or some other form and apply indirect heat from an outlet or battery?
We don't even necessarily need to apply a heat source to scented plastics in order to have a strong odor from them. Then we have a scent that will produce the same results as today's smells but, will last for years. A new concept but a plausable solution to our smelly problems. We could make any plastic object or product like scented cat litter boxes to outdoor or indoor furniture. Anything plastic ever made could hold a strong and pleasent scent anywhere we want it, in any product made.
Reward: Any product with a good smell from this idea on plastics. 

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 Pakistan
Magnetic Cars Printer Friendly Version
I have this idea of creating a car which is ecologically friendly. I have this idea of creating a car that runs with the help of electric magnets. The ring pistons are made up of magnets which will be connected to the came shaft, but instead of having valves for fuel injection, we can use an electric magnet which when provided electricity will provide enough magnetism to push the piston down as they will be of same polarity. This will result in the spinning of the cam shaft and thus the car will move. We can also connect a generator with wheels instead of a cam shaft that the faster the car runs the more electricity it will provide to charge the battery.
Reward: Be known for the idea. 

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