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Xavier Belvemont


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When I look at several recent TED videos, along with a backlog of others relating to products, A common trend is that an observable percentage have an issue either with
1. That there is little information on the product, its availability and its progress
2. That people feel tricked into watching a product placement

So why not provide a category of talks that directly provide invention demonstrations?
Not only will new, innovative and opensource designs/technology be made public and provide motivation for others, but people will also have access to the details they find are typically lacking in such TED videos and know beforehand that they are about to view a product placement.

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    Apr 7 2013: I slightly feel that people can go looking for inventions if they want to find out about them. I like the altruistic nature of TED, and the intellectual feeling of pure discussion.
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      Apr 7 2013: 1. But we ultimately have product placements here on TEDas it is, only its categorized with all other talks and the information about them for the people who wish to know more is lacking.
      2. http://www.ted.com/talks/tags/invention
      how many of these inventions were you aware of prior to TED?
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        Apr 7 2013: Well, somehow it isn't a hard sell the way it is now, it still seems to be about inspiring and stimulating the reader/viewer's mind, and only incidentally the invention. If you had a separate category it would feel like a hard sell, at least to me. Course it wouldn't hurt me immensely, I'd just avoid it.
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    Apr 7 2013: That's an interesting idea, Xavier, to have a category of invention demos. Is there a tag for it now? Are they all in this grouping? http://www.ted.com/talks/tags/invention
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      Apr 7 2013: Thankyou for the link.
      Its close to what I had in mind, only the keyword is a little too flexible, which leads to a large portion of the videos being more focused to the idea of inventions and advocacy for fields, music etc etc, as opposed to a specific category for what is ultimately a 'Kickstarter promotion on video' in a way.

      If there was a separate category/youtube channel etc etc focused on early innovative products and developments, I believe it could also coax more people into developing and promoting their own (I say this as there was something of a similar nature within my local region and it coaxed numbers of people into prototyping their ideas that wouldn't have been otherwise).

      Glad to see there is something close though.