Ecofont: Simple idea, amazing execution.
Every idea is simple. There is no innovation in ideas; there is only innovation bringing ideas to life. Knowing that you'd like to easily lift an item from the ground is an idea; figuring out how to leverage force with a pulley is innovation. Think of the ideas behind history's innovation: the wheel, the gun, the home computer; they're all very simple. The future is likewise simple. Some ideas you'll see put to use in 2009 include: EcoFont
– This is a true type font that reduces printing press ink use by as much as 20 percent. The reduction is due to small holes placed in the font. Where eco-friendly printing companies decide whether to employ recycled paper and soy-based inks, EcoFont puts the power to be green in the hands of graphic designers. What a simple idea. I'm not saying creating a great-looking font with holes in it is easy (that's innovation); I'm saying the idea to create a font that saves ink is simple. Computer Home Design
– Computer Aided Design is an old idea, and many CAD programs have existed for computers for years. Today's breed of home design software is aimed at consumers and allows you to graphically design the look of your dream home a la Photoshop-style. Creating such programs undoubtedly requires innovation; but the idea to make it possible for homeowners to design their dream home? Simple. 3-D Printing
– This is another idea that has been around for at least a decade; but innovations have made the process more cost efficient. 3-D printers
spray plastic to create a 3-D model and has largely been used for making product prototypes. At least one company is going to use them for entertainment by creating 3-D action figures
based on computer avatars. The technology? Innovative. The idea to create 3-D models from a machine? Simple. BEAR
– A robot that retrieves injured soldiers from the battlefield. Another simple idea for which the technology must be innovate. And, Extracellular Matrix promises to regenerate body tissue that has been injured. What simple ideas can you bring to life this year?