Make sharing books, social and fun! with Open Planet Ideas

Posted by danblog on November 12, 2010 in Sponsored Posts |

openplantetThe Open Planet Ideas is an interesting initiative from Sony and the WWF. So what is it? Well I am getting to that bit now.

The challenge is to use your imagination to come up with a great idea for how to use tech to make the most of our world’s resources. To help get you going they have a wealth of technologies which just waiting to re-purposed in interesting and creative ways to help shape a cleaner, more sustainable and brighter future for us and our planet.

I was having a look and came across a great idea re-using books instead of them being resided to the shelf, you set them free. Book Crossing is the idea where you label your books with a unique ID number and simply give them to a friend, stranger or perhaps leave them in your local coffee shop for others to find. With the hope they logon to bookcrossing.com and enter the ID and register the book as “caught”, this is done with the hope that books can be passed on and re-used many times and you can track your books across the world as new people discover and enjoy it.

Now I LOVE this idea and think it’s a very interesting concept, and would love to see this applied to more than just books and it would also be interesting to see technology used in more interesting ways with the tracking and “catching” process of it, for example having the printable labels using the QR barcode scanning and apps for mobile devices so you can have an easy “check-in” style process utilising the app, camera and GPS functionality of many modern mobiles. So you find a book, scan it, read it and pass it on, potentially without even needing to visit a website!

Check out my concept “BookCrossing made Social” based on BookCrossing and comment!

You can Find Out More About Open Planet Ideas in the concepts and inspiration pages, so check them out and Join the challenge – You might be lucky and realise you idea and help make the world a better place…

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