Christian Long

Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht: Demo Toys from the Future

In TED Talks on April 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Reflection by DEVEN P.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht:  Demo Toys from the Future

Zach and Keith start off with presenting a new magnetic substance. It was created by a Japanese company called GelTech. The magnet could be used in numerous space saving ideas. As Zach said it could be used to hang up your shoes on a wall or door instead of buying a shoe rack.

One of their other ideas, which I thought could really catch fire was an aluminum water slide that would allow the rider to go faster than ever, through the use of magnetism. The magnets would be held under the board causing it to levitate. That way the board could go at a constant rate and could even be able to slide down at a ninety degree angle.

For the second innovation they presented a ten foot pole that could fold up into their pocket. The pole could easily be unravelled and ranges from 6 to 12 feet long. This product seems great for athletes. They came up with the idea to make soccer goals out of it but why stop there, i could see it forming a field goal post for football, and if they could some how make a shorter version that was fused with shape retaining plastic(talked about later) they could make a basketball hoop.

Their next innovation they discussed was a colorless liquid that evaporates 25 times faster than water. It was developed by a company called 3M, where it was first used to wash electronics (I personally I like this one a lot because I hate how my iPhone doesn’t shine anymore). The dry liquid can do this because it’s nonconductive it wont cause any damage to anything that water usually would. It is used in the sprinkler systems of many libraries and offices.

Their next creation was shape retaining plastic. It was developed by a Japanese company by the name of Sekisui Chemical. Instead of regular flimsy plastic Sekisui Chemical’s creation does not bounce back, very much like metal. For their fifth innovation, they showed a new type of ink. I wish their explanation was little bit more clear on the uses of this project. What I got from it was that if you were to mark the edges of a book page with this ink it would remember the page due to to its curvature.

Their final invention was a matrix of color dyes that corresponded with odors. For instance if milk went bad the color of the container would change colors to red. This technology was made by Professor Ken Suslick and Neil Rakow from the University of Illinois.

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