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treadair
 USA
Humming heads Printer Friendly Version
I read about a phenomena called 'otoacoustic emission' in an article at newscientist.com where there was a dog who seemed to be humming everywhere he went. Here's an excerpt from the article: "In this condition, the normal hearing pathways in the ears are somehow reversed, so that the cochlear efferent nerve fibers stimulate outer hair cells to vibrate and make a noise. Other parts of the ear such as the tympanic membrane can then amplify the sound, until you end up like Zoe, humming wherever you go."
Zoe, as you might have guessed, was the dog.
Never letting a weird thought go to waste, here's a suggestion on how we could turn that condition into something useful. People who have had a severe spinal injury can enter what is called a 'locked-in state', meaning they are so paralyzed that there's no way for them to communicate with the outside world. If a cochlear implant was designed so that it could create these otoacoustic emissions on demand then it might give these patients a way to communicate. With a little biofeedback training they could vary the sound waves that are being emitted and establish a new form of communication.

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duenas
 USA
Braces for Your Eyes Printer Friendly Version
Metal implants designed to retain perfect vision: When children are young and have perfect vision, scientists could implant a metal bulb (almost) shaped exactly like their eyes into their eye sockets (between their actual eye & eye scoket). Leave it in for life, and your eyes will never change shape and you’ll never lose your perfect vision. Your skull will grow around it, painlessly (hopefully). It's like braces for your eyes! (I admit, it's kind of dangerous, but with some research and careful design, it could work).
Reward: Product named after me and/or a job interning/working for the producing/manufacturing company. 

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zenwitch
 USA
No-itch deodorant Printer Friendly Version
After I shave, I itch my armpits like a monkey. How about a deodorant/antiperspirant that contains a topical analgesic? I often put pain-reliever neosporin on my pits before I apply my deodorant, so why not one product that does it all.
Reward: A lifetime supply. 

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