Something a bit different for today’s entry, as this one isn’t strictly citizen science, but does tap into the scientist and inventor in all of us.
Marblar is a new platform designed to help find new uses for unused inventions. Anyone with a bit of lateral thinking ability, or a flair for marketing and commercialization, is invited to login and come up with ideas on how to deploy a technology. It has a game-like design, wherein you collect points, or “marbles” for submitting your ideas, and you have a chance to win cash as well.
All of the technology has been patented and published and is in the open domain. The site is funded by listing fees from the tech holders.
The site is the brainchild of Daniel Perez, and Mehmet Fidanboylu, both of whom are PhD students at Oxford and King’s College London, respectively.
“It is like a big game where many minds work together to realise the promise of science. Working with tech holders, we find the best technology deserving of a second look and transform these into challenges for the crowd of Marblars,” they say via the site FAQ. “The best ideas win points, kudos, and prizes. Best yet anyone can tackle any challenge. We don’t care what your background is…we care about your applied brilliance.”
For more information about Marblar, have a look at their learn more page.