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Backlit paper

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We experience static electricity almost everyday. How about inventing a way to capture and use it ?

Idea:So, I thought of a back lit paper. The idea is to enable a reader to read text in the dark with the use of static electricity drawn from the reader.

Construction: A sandwich of a transparent sheet on a flexible electronic wafer that will lit when held in both the hands. Static electricity from the user will be used to power the micro  (or possibly a nano) light emitting elements assembled on the back sheet. The printed text thus will be visible under bad light conditions without the necessity of carrying batteries ever.

Task: Research the potential developed by human body and the current flow if any. Think a way of using this energy to generate light emitting elements. I am not sure if LEDs will work here but those are the first on the list to research 🙂

PS: I started writing this post on January 7, 2010 without researching if this idea was in use. As I was updating the post today, I looked for the concept and found this link. So, someone else already conceived this idea and worked on it, eh ? Well, they are not using static electricity though. Yet they are very close. I don’t think they didn’t explore the possibility of a static electricity based device. They must have thought about it and may be working on it but probably its too early for them to disclose . Interesting !


Written by kaustubh82

May 19, 2010 at 5:59 am

Posted in Ideas

Coming up with ideas is MANDATORY

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Very soon after I joined my present company, my yearly objectives were established. Among all, the most troublesome objective I feel is the one that says I should come up with at least one improvement idea every month as a part if the continuous improvement initiative. I find this objective inhibiting my ability to come up with new ideas. Instead of the constraint, there should be some incentive to the person presenting the idea, of course only if the idea is implemented successfully. The incentives could be cash, an appreciation to some goodies, like a chocolate or may be an appreciation letter from the department head, etc. But with the cash incentive problem of favoritism will be pronounced even if the person comes up with genuine ideas regularly. So lets do away with the cash thing. But others are fine. Had the constraint not been there, I feel I would have come up with more number of ideas actively.

So, I guess the right thing to do would be to speak with my manager. Guess what ! The manager who worked with me on my objectives has moved to another project (either she was scared of the complexity of the project or she had the wisdom to see the project going bust). Now we have a new manager. This new manager seems to be more affable, more knowledgeable and less confused that my previous manager. Well, whatever or whoever the manager is, I hope it works out well for me in the long term. Amen.

Written by kaustubh82

May 19, 2010 at 2:56 am

Posted in The Office