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Here is a fun side project. Nissan wants a “cool” idea. It sounds like they are looking for a gimmick invention that they can use in an advertising campaign. Their headline says “Nissan thought it would be cool to have zero gravity seats. So the 2013 Altima has them. Now its your turn.”

This seems like a fun mini project when your in between EN Live searches. Plus there is a $50,000 prize.

http://www.nissaninnovationgarage.com/enter-inn...

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Hey Joshua this sounds fun, but all I got was some noise and a screen. What is this all about and what does Nissan mean by zero gravity seats? And how do I find out more info on this? Allways love a good challenge and 50 grand don’t sound bad eighther. I need a new project to keep my mind off waiting to go G7 for Molly Simms any way!

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well, i did it and it is sort of scammy. not that there is anything not legit about it but, it requires facebook posting and interaction. the way it reads is popular vote via the nissan site that posts everyones written idea description. so, if you have something serious, that is not protected in anyway, shape or form, i would seriously think three times before doing anything with this. back to the popular vote thing, i am guessing you need to encourage all your facebook connections to go to the nissan site, find your deal and vote for it. personally, i have no time nor interest in facebook and deactivated my account (had to reactivate in order to complete entry) as soon as i was done.

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Mark- I have no idea what zero gravity seats are. I have a feeling they don’t effect gravity in anyway but rather a advertising slogan for people who don’t understand physics or gravity….at all. “Whoa zero gravity seats! Its like the space ship stuff at NASA! I am going to be an astronaut if I buy an Altima!” hahaha. Oh well.

Larry- This is definitely not a “serious” project and you’re right no one should actually put really viable ideas here. This is just fun and silly in my opinion but there is a chance at $50grand so why not.

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Thanks for the link Joshua! When (if) mine shows up in the gallery I’ll let you know. Just an off-the-cuff idea but it’s simple and practical and could have legs. Put it this way… I’d like to have something like this in my own vehicle… no doubt about it. At the very least a fun exercise for an investment of 10 minutes of typing.

Mark… type your idea in the red box and accept the terms to start. It doesn’t take long but you must have a FB account.

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I’m in, no risk, and a nice reward if selected.

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right. that is the way i figure it. i think my idea is actually solid. but then, of course, we all think our ideas are solid and that is why we are all here in the first place. nevertheless (hard to believe that is really correct as one word), since these submissions are automatically public knowledge, there is no harm in me telling what mine is. since i do not do facebook, perhaps someone reading this forum will find my thought of worth and vote for it. sequential led’s just above top of windshield. starting at center and going out to side, based on turn directional. there are situations when at or near an intersection, the cars turn signals are not visible. especially when it is the opposite side of the vehicle from you. you do not know if they do not have a signal on or you just cannot see it. with led technology what it is today, this would be relatively inexpensive and pretty helpful. it could even be done across the rear window to increase visibility/awareness. in either case these could be easily concealed so as not to detract from appearance when not flashing in sequence.

forum monitor – if my disclosing what is public knowledge is a forum violation, please just strike my post and not burn the whole forum topic. i do not want to be responsible for killing this thread.

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Larry… your idea reminded me of one I had years ago. I’ll give my carpal-tunnel a break and just let the link do the talking…

http://www.vbilighting.co.uk/

Pretty sure he had it filed before it dawned on me but… it still hurts. I mean, it’s EXACTLY what I had envisioned. I’m surprised I haven’t seen this idea incorporated into new cars. On/ Off brake lights are a hazard.

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that is pretty cool. i like the idea of visual representation for braking intensity. however, that is nothing like what i am suggesting in my concept. first of all, that is “after market” and mine is part of the vehicle as sold new. secondly, mine is a small exterior strip, possibly even concealed by the window trim. lastly, it is a turn signal indicator and not a brake light enhancement. seeing as how this was not really serious stuff, i did not even bother to search patents. odds are, someone else was way ahead of me on this idea to begin with. but, it is all in fun.

thanks for the scoop.

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oops, it’s another popularity contest like Walmart. Has nothing to do with innovation. Whoever gets into social media marketing wins.

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i think you hit the nail on the head. that said, there has to be others out there besides myself that just does not get and/or does not care about facebook, twitter, etc. i get it. it has it’s place and it’s audience but, i am out of that demographic. i cannot be alone on that one. i actually thought about doing a t-shirt in that regard. something like: i don’t do facebook. or “facebook” inside the red circle with the diagonal line thru it. most likely, worn in public and i would get pummeled.

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Perhaps I should have said “Your phrases ‘sequential led’s’ and ‘across the rear window’ reminded me of an idea I had years ago”. Didn’t intend to infer that they were the same (certainly not that yours had anything to do with brakes) just that those two aspects reminded me of my old idea.

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hey, no biggie. we are all family in the friendly en confines. just clarifying my deal. as i said before – it is now all public blah and as i see it, pretty much hooplah (as stated earlier in this thread). i certainly would not reject $ 50k but i am not holding my breath. i have better hopes on my submission to the discovery deal, the impending puck deal, following medical and lastly – champley.

my vote, faith and trust is with e.n.

that could be a tattoo! now there is a fun idea. a get together where we all get an e.n. tattoo! of course, we get properly hammered prior to but, think of the possibilities ?! how about an e.n. cruise ? i would be up for that idea. anyone ?

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A cruise would be a blast! ‘Inventors’ is such an interesting and diverse category of people.

The thing with Nissan is to make it to the top 100 and then it gets interesting. The ‘judges’ pick the two best at that point and they get the $50K grant and an 2013 Altima (and the ‘fan favorite’ wins a car too). I actually saw a few that were pretty good but only 1 that had a ton-o-votes. I can easily get a few dozen votes if I decide to put forth an effort and… as it unfolds… if it starts looking like I can make that top 100 I’ll get out the rolodex and release my inner politician.

Like I said… a fun exercise if nothing else and a welcome distraction from that G7 in ASOTV Q2.

Good On You with Puck and the rest! They must all be different ideas too. How I envy you guys (and gals) who summon your enlightenment seemingly at will. I know it’s not easy but you make it look that way and I covet that gift. God Forgive Me but I do.

I only have 1 idea (my baby) that IMO has big potential for commercialization and I definitely lack the ability to focus my creativity on specific searches. My inspiration is a fleeting arbitrary thing that I have to grasp at as soon as it appears or else it’s likely gone forever. Luckily i caught ‘my baby’… she’s a winner and I’ll manufacture her myself if i have to.

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My bad on the post below. I read the rules wrong. Actually, the only part of this that has to do with ‘social media’/ ‘popularity contest’ is the CROWD FAVORITE car that they give away at the end. The ‘Grand Prizes’ always go through ACTUAL judges… for the first round (where they narrow it down to 100) the “judging will consist of select Nissan staff and other representatives”. For the second (final) round “judging will involve expert evaluation of each Submission by a panel of experienced mechanical, applied and industrial design engineers”.

I like the sound of that much better. There’s absolutely NO WAY I would ever be able to pull enough votes to be ‘crowd favorite’ (no doubt that’ll wind up being ‘a friend of Zuckerberg’) or… probably even ‘The Top 100’ if that’s how you had to qualify so… it’s good to know that my idea will sink or swim based on its merit. Not that I’m putting any eggs in that basket…

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Thanks Christopher, I was seeing the social media aspect without researching very deep. Compared to what Walmart did, Nissan will likely come up with some pretty decent ideas to evaluate by limiting the social media influence. Engineers I can work with, salesmen… ugh.

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i nticed they said you have to hold the rights to your subbmision, does this mean a patent or would a PPA do?

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In my case I have used the TM. Not registered, but I’ve used the trademark long enough that if I applied for the trademark it should be granted. I own the domain also

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Thats the stopper there Mark, the patent or PPA. I wish I had an extra $125.00 for every idea I’ve had to do a PPA let alone what it costs to grt a Patent. That there is what stops me. I have at least three ideas for autos that I could submit, if I had some IP protection. One is along the lines similar to the tail light stuff you guys are referring to. One ironically has to do with a suspension trick I thought of, that would feel like your floating on air. lol
Maybe we’ll get lucky and an auto manufacturer will sponser a search here on EN. Then I’ll go for it. Wish there was a way to raise money or get grants for filing IP protection. Once I get an idea thru EN and on a shelf, i shouldn’t have that problem anymore. Then maybe I can come up with some kinda incentive program for everyone else.

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That seems to be my problam also. $ 125 isn’t alot untill you have to put it out for every idea you have. That would be great if EN would have an auto realated search,I,m like many and grew up trying to better the automobile.

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That just reminds me that I don’t have those ideas on my to do list and some others. Time to update!

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Bummer, I got KO’d. Just like on Kickstarter. Something I did disqualifies me from getting an opportunity. Got an form email saying sorry charlie. I contested it, asking why and my current ownership. Hope I get a reply

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Scott, you were knocked out of the Nissan search?

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Mine posted in the gallery today. Here it is…

Wouldn’t it be cool if…

YOUR CAR HAD A SMALL TANK TO STORE COMPRESSED AIR/ A HOSE LONG ENOUGH TO REACH ALL 4 TIRES? IN THE EVENT OF A ‘SLOW LEAKFLAT TIRE YOU WOULDN’T HAVE TO CHANGE THE TIREJUST FILL IT AND GET IT FIXED ASAP. CHANCES ARE THE TIRE COULD BE PATCHED/ REPAIRED WITHOUT EVER HAVING TO BE TAKEN OFF THE CAR. ALSO THE COMPRESSED AIR COULD BE USED TO ‘BLOW OFFTHE AIR VENTS AND DASH AND OTHER NOOKS/ CRANNIES WHERE DUST IS HARD TO REACH. PERHAPS TO ‘BLOW DRYYOUR SHOES/ THE INTERIOR WHEN THE RAIN GETS IN.
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Plenty of places you could mount a small air tank. A retractable 10 ft hose would fit easily under the passenger seat. I dunno if it has legs but it just popped into my head and I typed it out. Could have done a better job but 500 characters ain’t much! I’m not losing any sleep over it but this much is certain… the more I’ve thought about it the more I want one in my Durango!

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ya, with holeyrail too. Pointed out that me and 30 million other American homes can’t even park a new car in the garage we have. It said they were open to anything, don’t know what I did that disqualified me.

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Christopher, I actually thought of that same idea many years ago, but never done anything about it. Go for it. I haven’t had a flat tire in years though. I used to get them all the time because I kept buying second hand tires. My brother has tire issues like that all the time with his truck, because he too buys second hand tires. lol

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I also told a few friends about this contest. The more the merrier. One friend said I could enter her idea, I told her only one submission and I’ll fight to get holeyrail back in the game. She had told me about her idea about a year ago, I didn’t know how to make it work, but Nissan might. I gave her a challenge for it though, a “blockbuster name” for a block buster idea. Hope she does well in her submission as well as all the others

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Kenneth, knock knock knock on wood I haven’t had a flat in a long while either but it’s just a matter of time before i pick up a nail or screw. What a pain to have to put on the spare when it could be patched in a matter of seconds at the service station! Heck, they sell those puncture repair kits at AutoZone but that doesn’t do you any good unless you’re smart enough to have bought one ahead of time (I’m not) plus you’re still gonna have to inflate the tire. I actually have one of those little 12 volt air compressors in my truck…. it has come in handy many times but it is really slow and really loud and you can’t use it to blast air. I worked at a service center in my youth and i remember how the mechanics would use the compressed air for all kinds of things… including sweeping/ blowing out the sevice bays.

btw… i guess I didn’t interpret the wording the same at you guys did. I took it to mean that you have to be able to prove that the idea is yours and yours alone… not that it’s unique or protected. That kind of Turbocharged Spitballing… quantity over quality… entertaining ridiculousness… if they were expecting IP protection they wouldn’t be doing it the way they are IMO. Plus, I wouldn’t think anybody would publicly expose serious IP or sell it for that price if it’s good enough to win that contest… knowudImean? In other words, if I had a unique auto innovation that was patentable I would never post it in a contest alongside jokers who submit things like …

“Wouldn’t it be cool if…

Chips and scratches on your vehicle could actually heal?"

LOL!

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Christopher, gotta keep in mind that “exposing serious IP” is protected and next to any idea that is even ridiculous, is still exposure. Nissan is a major player that most people will never get another opportunity like this. If an idea was selected and an initial payout of close to $100K is very generous, add in a royalty for signing and we are talking!!! If Nissan strolled into any corporate HQ in America, they would roll out the red carpet

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The max value on the car was 30K and the ‘up to 50K grant’ for Kickstarter is not exactly what I would call a ‘payout’. I missed the ‘royalties’ part as I assumed that when you accept the grand prize you forfeit any future claims to the idea. Perhaps I should go and read the fine print more thoroughly.

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OK, I didn’t check the MSRP. 80K or 100K, either way, is a nice payout for an idea with a name. Put Nissan and a licensing agreement behind it, it would probably smoke most other product launches.

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I think i assumed several things and you know what happens when you assume ;o) I thought they were paying you for your idea and then it’s theirs to do with as they please.

I was seeing things like … “An IRS Form 1099 for the fair market value of each prize will be filed” and … “Registration, title, licensing fees, taxes, insurance and other unspecified costs associated with the vehicles, are solely the responsibility of the Winners” and thinking the monetary compensation doesn’t amount to a helluva lot for a truly inspired idea but… if there’s royalty potential there then that changes things.

Now I just wish me idea was better!

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Christopher, I do have a unique idea for jacking up those wheels in a heart beat, so you can change those tires. I was just telling a guy at work the other day that with all this rain all we gotta do is put car soap on the car and it will wash itself. Then I got to thinking and thought it would be cool if the car had a soap line to each wheel and in other various places around the outside of the car and when it rains the soap starts flowing, let the rain rinse it off. What do ya think about that?

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There are no guarantees about royalties, or even implied. But, The submission in no way implies an assignment of IP to Nissan. If they see three ideas that they are willing to invest in, then you can bet part of that investment should be considered compensation to the inventor… If there is potential IP or existing IP. If they were willing to put 50K cash into this, a small royalty is nothing. If the number of ideas are so numerous that they are willing to pass, so be it. As in my case, I’m out already.

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The fine print makes it pretty clear there are NO royalties. Even if you don’t win Nissan gets free and unrestricted use of the idea you enter.
This is high grade croudsourcing. Nissan gets hundreds or thousands of product ideas for a one time payout of $190,000. Don’t worry about your patent or trademark. It don’t apply. You are giving it away for a chance to win.

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Even though I didn’t offer my IP in the submission, I’m glad Nissan opted to un-submit me. Better start reading the fine print a little closer myself.

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Thanks Mark. “giving it away for a chance to win” is pretty much what I thought.

Hey Scott… thanks for the roller-coaster ride! Starting out Pessimistic … “oops, it’s another popularity contest” and then going full Optimistic… “initial payout of close to $100K is very generous, add in a royalty for signing and we are talking!!”… you really ran the gamut on this one. Thanks again!

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Ya, I definitely flipped around. But I doubt Nissan would be able to claim anyones IP based on what gets submitted. I did risk my trademark however. That would have been a mistake if we couldn’t have negotiated a royalty on the patent. Seriously I do think those that have a good idea and a great name should go for this, especially if they don’t have any investment at risk. It could take a lifetime to get the attention of an automaker.

If someone has really come up with a “Great” idea, really knows what they are doing, and can get the IP first. Then, if they believe they can somehow get the attention of automaker, that might be the way to go. But… that is a long and difficult path.

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Kenneth… sorry for taking so long to answer your question. I like the idea but for the life of me I can’t reconcile the fact that you’ll be soaping up already wet (and slippery) driving surfaces!

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Hadn’t really thought about that except that it should be be biodegradable and environmently friendly chemicals. As for the pavement, its not usually bad till you get near a car wash. Course if everyone had one then I would probably not care anymore. : ) But then again it might help rinse off the oils already on the roads.

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“But then again it might help rinse off the oils already on the roads.” Good point. They say those little drizzle showers can be more dangerous for drivers than a downpour because of those oils… enough water to loosen it but not enough to wash it away. Could be that over the course of weeks and months the Rollin’ Rain Washes have the effect of diminishing the residue left behind by vehicles. Too bad for SoCal since it never rains there….

Kinda like windshield wiper fluid … push a button on the dash or steering wheel (or voice command ;o) and give yourself a power wash for the price of a few squirts of soap. Brilliant!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL5APUwV1Qg

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I work for Nissan and no one has said anything about an innovation garage website… hmmm… but then any idea i have might be considered theirs anyway, just because i am an employee… I wonder.

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Jill,
Not unusual. Kmart employees had no idea about the search that Kmart held either. It is a marketing ploy to get outside attention to the brand, to bad the don’t look inside their own employee pool for ideas.

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Hello all, I’m VERY new to the site and would give away an idea or two,or three. I get thoughts all the time, why not risk one on this. What’s the 411 on submitting? Is it as simple as coming up with one and submitting it?

Thx for what looks to be a fantastic site.

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Scott I find it unusual that large corporations first look externally when trying to solve problems internally. I worked for a well known corporation that constantly pays ludicrous amounts of money to find solutions to answers that employees would willingly give for free. At the least it would make our jobs easier.

I’ve always said usually the problems we can’t see/correct or acknowledge usually is because of blurred vision. We’re usually too close to the actual issue itself…like standing one inch away from a large blackboard full of writing and attempting to read the whole thing. Just stepping back usually helps.

The answers for a lot of these questions 99% of the time can be answered in house, still many look to outside sources sadly. Who better to answer an internal problem than front line workers who deal with the product on a daily basis?

Although this is kinda different, being its a contest. Holding a patent for your submission is part of the requirements? Meh…dunno about that. I can find better use for my money thanks, but no thanks.

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BEWARE that by entering you are allowing Nissan to scrape most of your personal info off Facebook, including your photos. this is just wrong wrong wrong.

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Jo- This is deffinately one of those times when its best to create a second facebook account and use that instead of your main one.

A lot of facebook “apps” or companies are the same. Some even allow them to post on, delete or edit your timeline. Crazy stuff.

Just like you have an email address for spam mail sign ups you need a second facebook account for this kind of thing.

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I added an innovation to them last night, the one I mention above about the car wash when it rains. Danged if someone else already mentioned it, but didn’t mention about the rain part. Several mentioned about having a car wash in their garage. Let me tell ya this, in the garage is a bad idea. Seen it done at a car lot, not a pretty site after a few washes. Mine’s called the Rainbolt Wash. Find it and vote for it. Most votes wins the Altima right? Not sure I could even pay the sales tax on it tho. lol Gonna ad a couple more. I saw several about tire inflation and hoses, and such. None of those ideas are anything I’ve submitted here on EN. They said it takes 24-48 hours for your innovation to show up.

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I posted another innovation on that site, but it won’t show up for 24-48 hours either. Its called the “Stop Sign Auto-Braker”, it was another idea I had that I mentioned on here with Joe. Its still not an idea that I’ve have submitted here on EN. I will probably put two more on there and quit. I have many ideas, what can it hurt. I am only putting them on there because I think they are probably too expensive to prototype and test and manufacture for EN, and Hey, maybe I could win a car, and or the money plus a Kickstarter account. What do I have to loose?

Did anyone see the article in this months Inventors Digest about Open Innovations with ninesights.com ? I haven’t checked it out yet, but may tomorrow. I’ve done many open innovations, yet with no success to date, or with any duplicate ideas to either or. But I gotta keep trying. One day one will stick. Gotta send the ships out before they can ever come back. I’m just sending the whole fleet. lol

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Kenneth,

Hundred Bucks says you ain’t gonna win the popular vote. I would say “no way” but I try to never say never. Heck, for all I know you could be a Facebook Guru… and you’d have to be to win that Altima… cuz the leader at the time I’m writing this has 2571 votes. At least from the time I first clicked the link (which was shortly after Joshua posted this topic) “UFREE” has been waaay out front and his lead continues to steadily widen (2nd place has 788).

I’ll vote for ya’ but you’re gonna need to do some serious social networking!;o)

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Wow. What kind of innovation did they have that would get that many votes. After checking like for about two hours the other night at the most I could find was eight votes as the most. There’s no way I could get 200 votes let alone 2700. lol I think they are just trying to get votes just for a car, which at the most I’d seen were eight. I figured I could beat that. I am really trying to win on my metits of a great idea, which gets a car and $50 grand and a kickstarter account. Correct? Do they have generic ideas?

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The voting thing is the ‘popularity contest’ part of it that was discussed earlier in this thread. I don’t think the “UFREE” idea is even worthy of a second look (as far as a serious ‘innovation’) but… that’s the nature of popularity contests.

The two ‘Grand Prizes’ are judged by actual judges and that’s what makes it cool. Your idea has as good a chance as any and it doesn’t matter how many votes it gets from FB junkies.

When you’re at the gallery, click on “Filter” (upper right next to the ‘search’ box) and then ‘Popular’ and you’ll find the ones I referenced. “UFREE” now has 2629… that’s 58 more since I posted 6 hours ago w/ second place still @ 788. The lead widens as I’m typing this and… barring a monumental surge from someone now waaaay behind… “UFREE” is gonna win an Altima (with what is IMO a worthless ‘innovation’).

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Just to show my creative thinking, here’s my list of Nissan Innovations I have submitted. Vote for them if you like. The problem I’m getting from people is that you have to link or app to their site to be able to post a vote. Everybody is a little re-lucktent to do that, I guess thats why I’m not getting any votes. At least check them out.

Door brake for ‘ding’ -a-lings
Stop-Sign-Auto-Braker
Rainbolt Wash
Astro-Glide Suspension

Someone mentioned to me the Astro glide has other meanings in the home. I’m like, OMG, I forgot about that stuff. I’ve never used it, honestly. lol. I was thinking along the lines of the Jetsons, for some reason. I’m gonna add one more definite ‘WOW’ innovation and stop.

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Contest ends today. There’s a new leader in the ‘popularity contest’… over 8K votes… unbelievable.

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I added another “wow” innovation called “Front Bass”. I got some interest, check it out !

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UFree will change your life.

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Well the contest results are in at Innovation Garage. I feel that they picked some lame ideas for winners, but was impressed by the selection of judges and their experiences. It’s nice to know an engineer from DeKa Research was in there. They are an awesome company and have made some real life changing products for the disabled and medical products. My favorite of course is the Segway, which I have been following since before the reveal in 01’ on the Today Show. I also own a Segway for personal use which now needs new batteries, at $700 for rebuilt or $1,700 for Lithium, which I’d rather have.

The ideas selected were a low tech patient flipper to keep them from getting bedsores and a mind teacher headband that could make you smarter while you sleep cause your mind actually never rests. I have issues with that one. The crowds favorite is a non-emergency medical team that goes to patients instead of them clogging up hospitals with non threatening health issues that could be seen by a med check or clinic. That I presume would be similar to the VNS services. ( visiting nurses that come to patient homes daily or weekly to check on ill patients just released from the hospital.)

http://m.nissaninnovationgarage.com/home/more-i...
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Hi guys. Just an update on the Nissan Innovation Garage contest. Just to remind everyone this was in 2012. I submitted I think five or six ideas, thinking I might have a chance on winning $50,000. And or a new 2013 Nissan. Well I won neither but ran across this facebook thing the other day. HERE

https://legendarymotorsmag.com/can-car-really-j...

One of my ideas....Astro-Glide Suspension

Someone mentioned to me the Astro glide has other meanings in the home. I’m like, OMG, I forgot about that stuff. I’ve never used it, honestly. lol. I was thinking along the lines of the Jetsons, for some reason. 

It seems Ford has ran with an idea I had, way before 2012 and the Innovation Garage contest. Be It being an open forum and that the most you could get is the $50,000 Kickstarter account and or a New Nissan, I felt it was payment enough or better than nothing considering I didn't think I would ever be able to finance, start up, protect or prototype. So, I put it out there for anyone to pursue because I thought it would be great features for cars. Any way I don't know how Ford came up with it, maybe they were lurking over the Innovation Garage for ideas and liked mine. Maybe Nissan licensed it to Ford. Don't know. But I'm not mad. I'm delighted that Ford is going to offer it., and I would like to believe they took my idea and ran with it. I really am!

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Wow, Ken, that is cool!  It almost looks magic.  Considering I spent $1600 getting damage fixed after a monumental pothole encounter a few years ago, I would definitely be interested in seeing this adapted widespread.  I do hope they changed the name though!  ;)

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Yeah, I think they changed the name! lol 

It had been on my mind for many years because I hit a pot hole one winter hidden with slush, and broke my A-Frame on the front end and had to scap the car. About jarred my brain loose, if ya know what I mean! Ironically it was a Ford!

Wish I could have been in the other end financially, but glad I could have helped to enlighten, if I did!

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