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Machines2Project #16: Tetrobothttps://pubinv.github.io/tetrobot/Tetrahedral polymorphic robotsHighly Active17Creativity, writing, graphic art, arduino programming, 3D printing, mechanical engineering, scientific computing
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Machines2Project #3, Human-powered Rotary Lawn Mowerhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%233%2C%20Human-powered%20Rotary%20Lawn%20Mower.mdA push mower suited to course lawnsReady-to-start26Mechanical engineering, machining, system thinking, electronics, power electronics
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Machines3
Project #28: Develop toolkit for the design of easily constructable CMS joints
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2328:%20Develop%20toolkit%20for%20the%20design%20of%20easily%20constructable%20CMS%20joints.md3D-printing and math to make multi-member jointsPreliminary363D modeling, 3D printing, some math, some mechanical engineering
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Machines4Project #34: Ferrofluid based actuatorhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2334:%20Ferrofluid%20based%20actuator.mdHydrostatic "soft" machines Preliminary35Creativity, micro-electronics, programming, ability to experiment patiently
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Machines5
Project #12: Magnetic Bearing for Cam-and-Following System
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2312:%20Magnetic%20Bearing%20for%20Cam-and-Following%20System.mdExplore magnetic bearings for better enginesPreliminary38Physics (E/M), workbenching, creativity in testing, possible electronics, mechanical engineering
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Machines6
Project #13: "Changing Slope" Continuously Variable Transmission
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2313:%20%22Changing%20Slope%22%20Continuously%20Variable%20Transmission.mdHighly theoreticalPreliminary38Inventiveness, ability to research, mechanical design
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Project #29: Continuously variable linkage with linear motor member
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2329:%20Continuously%20variable%20linkage%20with%20linear%20motor%20member.mdHighly theoreticalPreliminary38Electro-mechanical making, software control, mechanical engineering
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Machines8Project #36: Motile Ferrofluid Snailhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2336:%20Motile%20Ferrofluid%20Snail.mdFun: making a moving electro-ferrofluid machinePreliminary35Basic making/electronic/Arduino skills
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Project #4: Maximum work from an Adiabatic Expansion of a Piston
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%234:%20Maximum%20work%20from%20an%20Adiabatic%20Expansion%20of%20a%20Piston.mdTheoretic work combined with mechanicsPreliminary39Thermodynamics, advanced calculus, creativity, purely theoretic work
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Machines10Project #6: "Air Treader", resistance-based flighthttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%236:%20%22Air%20Treader%22%2C%20resistance-based%20flight.mdA completely new form of safe fluid motionPreliminary38A fun and different approach to aerial locomotion; throw a "drogue" ahead of you and then pull on it as it opens. Wide variety of conceptual skills apply here.
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Energy2Project #5: More Efficient Pot for Heating Waterhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%235:%20More%20Efficient%20Pot%20for%20Heating%20Water.mdHigh-impact heat project to decrease carbon emissionsReady-to-start25Heat engineering, machining/making/3D printing, solid modeling/design, ability to perform rigrous experiments, practical finance
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Energy2Project #8: Power-of-2 Square Gas Compression Chamberhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%238:%20Power-of-2%20Square%20Gas%20Compression%20Chamber.mdTheoretic and general purpose workPreliminary38Geometric thinking, thermodynamics, first phase all-theory, judgement about practicality
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Energy3
Project #11: Control Heat Engine or ICE with Cam-Follower rather than Crank Shaft
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2311:%20Control%20Heat%20Engine%20or%20ICE%20with%20Cam-Follower%20rather%20than%20Crank%20Shaft.mdA new way to build efficient motorsPreliminary38Ability to construct a mechanical system, judge the value, programming and math, physical making
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Project #24: Very simple heat engine with bistable magnetic device
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2324:%20Very%20simple%20heat%20engine%20with%20bistable%20magnetic%20device.mdPull low power from waste heat sourcesReady-to-start26Constructible, requires overall understanding of physics and thermodynamics, making ability
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Sanitation1Project #41: Rapid coliform presence detectorhttps://github.com/PubInv/rapid-e-coliUnknown microbiologyReady-to-start18Ability to research potential wide variety of approaches to fundamentally new approaches to biological assay
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Sanitation2
Project #21: Interactive Model of Inputs and Outputs in Waste Treatment
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2321:%20Interactive%20Model%20of%20Inputs%20and%20Outputs%20in%20Waste%20Treatment.mdPure software, but critically useful.Ready-to-start24Pure software with elementary algebra, very useful as reusable software project.
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Project #9: Human Waste Sanitation Through Thermal DepolymerizationImmature Ideas
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%239:%20Human%20Waste%20Sanitation%20Through%20Thermal%20Depolymerization.mdRich and difficult but valuable engineering areaPreliminary38Very preliminary set of ideas, requiring leadership and broad range of skills to effect.
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Sanitation4Project #23: Pyrolysis Toilethttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2323:%20Pyrolysis%20Toilet.mdIf power is free, sanitation should be freePreliminary38Cultural wisdom, mechanical engineering, heat engineering, some chemistry, high-value work
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Sanitation5Project #25: In-pipe fan with gas sensor for EWBhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2325:%20In-pipe%20fan%20with%20gas%20sensor%20for%20EWB.mdA minor project, good for learningReady-to-start23A learning project, good for dealing with micro controller programming as well as chemical sensors.
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Sanitation6Project #51: Moonrat: A portable Incubatorhttps://github.com/PubInv/rapid-e-coliMicroelectronics may decrease time to analyze water qualityHighly Active16Ability to learn about micro-biology, basic micro-electronics, basic optics and microscopy. Probably use Arduino. Electronic circuits. Some basic making craft required.
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Agriculture6Project #14: In-situ Brush Pile to Biochar Converterhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2314:%20In-situ%20Brush%20Pile%20to%20Biochar%20Converter.mdA very hands-on, earthy projectReady-to-start25A challenging, out-doorsy, bigger contruction project. Potential commercial applications immediately.
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Agriculture7Project #15: Stovetop Micro-Retort For Experimentationhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2315:%20Stovetop%20Micro-Retort%20For%20Experimentation.mdA smaller project, good as a warm up to large projectsReady-to-start24Making in metal; ability to relate to other reseach, microelectronic sensing; opens doors to other projects.
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Agriculture8Project #19: Single-chamber biochar producer and stovehttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2319:%20Single-chamber%20biochar%20producer%20and%20stove.mdWell-developed, a high-impact, high-engineering projectReady-to-start28Pretty well developed idea, very practical in implication, fabrication in metal, mechanical engineering, some heat engineering.
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Art2Project #40: For oil painting, a wheel for very thin lineshttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2340:%20For%20oil%20painting%2C%20a%20wheel%20for%20very%20thin%20lines.mdA simple project to allow easier art in specific stylesReady-to-start243D printing and low-level fabrication and making, user design, design skills, project management
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Art3Project #38: 3D-printable variable length snap linehttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2338:%203D-printable%20variable%20length%20snap%20lineSimple 3D printable art toolPreliminary333D printing and low-level fabrication and making, user design, design skills, project management
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Art4Project #17: Grow Wooden Objects Directlyhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2317:%20Grow%20Wooden%20Objects%20Directly.mdCrazy long term: make a tree grow into a statuePreliminary39Patience, long-term view, botany, mechanical fabrication, imagination
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Health2Project #37: Solar-icehttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2337:%20Solar-ice.mdPractical engineeringObsolete?24Electronics, product design, mechanical design, economic analysis, human design skills, project management skills
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Health2Project #20: Personal Stool Analysishttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2320:%20Personal%20Stool%20Analysis.mdHigh-impact world wide, good mix of skill setsPreliminary38Biology, microscopy, micro-electronics, imagination, human design skills, patience, ability to read and collate existing research
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Computation2
Project #43: Software to compute helix from repeated object stacking
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2343:%20Software%20to%20compute%20helix%20from%20repeated%20object%20stacking.mdAcademic project to make math accessible to molecular chemists and structural engineersDone55Currently underway; JavaScript programming, college-level applied math, some human-centered design skills for builidng usable interactive web tool, open-source project management
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Computation2Project #1: "Little Free Library" mobile apphttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%231:%20%22Little%20Free%20Library%22%20mobile%20app.mdPractical, modern programming to amplify the "Little Free Library Project"Highly Active14Easy, fun, human-centered design, modern web-design, HTML, JavaScript, user testing, imagination
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Computation3Project #10, Free Transparent Public Accountinghttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2310%2C%20Free%20Transparent%20Public%20Accounting.mdBlockchain without the cryptographyReady-to-start28Accounting, systems-thinking, API design, open-source software project management.
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Computation4Project #22: Abstract Data Type: Conserved Quantitieshttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2322:%20Abstract%20Data%20Type:%20Conserved%20Quantities.mdSuper-cool computer programming utilityReady-to-start27
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Computation5Project #31: Oracular Graph Paperhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2331:%20Oracular%20Graph%20Paper.mdHighly theoretic attach on Church's thesis with an analog computerPreliminary39Ability to tolerate potential failure, understanding of Church's Thesis, Theoretical Computer Sciene, philosophy of mathematics, some relation to quantum computing.
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Project #32: Computational Theory Based on Progressive Refinement of Inputs
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2332:%20Computational%20Theory%20Based%20on%20Progressive%20Refinement%20of%20Inputs.mdVery theoreticalPreliminary38Theoretical computer science; ability to make crisp mathematical definitons; judgement about whether new theory has any value or not, ability to tolerate potential failure.
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Project #30: Number Spectra: Build a map of common irrational combinations
https://github.com/PubInv/number-spectraFun, easy math explorationsPreliminary33Combine sophomore college-level math (analysis) with open-source management, human computer design, internet research, API design, website design
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Computation8Project #2: Lovecraft, The Programming Languagehttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%232:%20Lovecraft%2C%20The%20Programming%20Language.mdA deep approach to build a new programming ecosystemReady-to-start210Deep understanding of programming, programming environments, programming languages. Desire to build new programming environments. Some algorithmics and data structures.
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Project #35: Develop new view of the expansion of e-to-the-x
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2335:%20Develop%20new%20view%20of%20the%20expansion%20of%20e-to-the-x.mdPure math (analysis)Preliminary39Desire to think deeply about math, ability to tolerate failure, interest in analysis, ability to program experimental math, ability to discern the mathematically useful from the foolish
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Science2Project #42: Volumetric Colony Countinghttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2342:%20Volumetric%20Colony%20Counting.mdHighly valuable use of optics and software to improve bacterial analysis generallyPreliminary39Use of modern computer-controlled microscopes. Ability to construct growth media with specific properties. Microelectronic control and compute programming. Ability to discern utility. Ability to related to existing research.
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Science2Project #39: Botanical Embedded Chemical Sensorhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2339:%20Botanical%20Embedded%20Chemical%20Sensor.mdAdvance instrumentation of botany with modern microelectronicsPreliminary34Arduino or Raspi programming; ability to research and purchase sensors; ability to maintain simple botanical lab. Ability to design experiments. Sufficient undersanding of botany to form reasonable hypotheses of sensible chemical signals.
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Project #18: Virtual Soundscape Recorder and Wildlife Locator
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2318:%20Virtual%20Soundscape%20Recorder%20and%20Wildlife%20Locator.mdCombine art and science to build an enjoyable map of soundscapesReady-to-start28Some Digital signal processing. Ability to construct matrix of microphones and program audio recording. Sufficient math to preform signal location in 3Space. Ability to program a virtual reproducible audio environment.
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Other1Project #7: Color-block-based Writing Systemhttps://pubinv.github.io/color-block-font/First steps done; ready for active study and improvementsHighly Active13Computer human interaction; experimental design; willingness to train self in reading. Some modern web programming to produce web-deliverable reading tools.
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Project #33: Use PVA to 3D print dissolvable molds for fluids
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2333:%20Use%20PVA%20to%203D%20print%20dissolvable%20molds%20for%20fluids.mdPractical 3D printing technique developmentReady-to-start24Imagination; 3D printing, 3D modeling, ability to find new applications to soft objects, possibly involving pneumatics or hydraulics. Experience with silicone mold-making valuable.
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Other3
Project #27: Space Propulsion via throwing and catching projectiles
https://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2327:%20Space%20Propulsion%20via%20throwing%20and%20catching%20projectiles.mdHighly theoretical, critically valuable, pen-and-paper improvement in rocketryReady-to-start29Technical writing; ability to program simulations; ability to explain scientific concepts and related to existing research.
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Other4Project #44: Social Tetrahedronshttps://github.com/PubInv/SocialTetrahedronsMark Frazier's model of profiles for human needs and capacities in 4 dimensionsHighly Active13Javascript programming, User interface design, cloud databases, conceptual modelling
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Math1
Project #45: Segmented Helices generated by chains of Repeated Units
https://github.com/PubInv/segmented-helixesActive project to develop the math to deduce the helix generated by chains of objects. This came from the the public Mathathon.Highly Active14Trigonometry, Geometry, Mathematica, JavaScript programming
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Computation3
Project #46: Triad Balance interactive diagrams and GUI elements
https://pubinv.github.io/TriadBalance/TriadBalanceDemo.htmlStable/Done project to support "Mind/Body/Spirit" interactive diagrams in JavaScriptDone13
JavaScript, CSS, maybe React, maybe d3, user interface design in general including a small bit of typographic design, SVG
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Math1Project #47: Math Tablethttps://github.com/PubInv/math-tablet
A "math assistant" for working with a stylus on a tablet.
Highly Active13Programming; math, Mathematica, some proof theory, possibly machine learning.
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Machines1Project #48: GlussConhttps://github.com/PubInv/GlussConA "puppet" controller for a tetrobot robot to create a hand-held control mechanism.Highly Active143D-printing, Raspberry PI, soldering, micro-electronics, computer-human interaction, industrial design.
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Math1Project #49: NumberSpectrahttps://github.com/PubInv/number-spectra
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HealthProject #50: Single-hand, volume limited bag maskhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2350:%20Single-hand%20volume%20Bag%20Valuve%20MaskPreliminary
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Energy4Project #51: Internal Combustion Food Cookerhttps://github.com/PubInv/PubInv/blob/master/ideas/Project%20%2351:%20Internal%20charcoal%20combustion%20food%20cooker.mdA internal-combustion charcoal vessel to place inside a potPreliminary18Thermodynamics, chemistry, material science, human-centered design
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Health4Project #52: Patient Inflating Valvehttps://github.com/PubInv/patient-inflating-valve3D-printable globe valve with 22mm ports to act as PIV in ventilatorsHighly Active17Mechanical engineer, microelectronics, reliability design
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