Ideas are constantly bouncing off the walls of The DaVinci Institute, a futurist think tank based here that caters to the frontiers of imagination.

Thomas Frey founded the institute in 1997 to help foster the growth of new inventions and businesses.

Some of the ideas are far-reaching; others are simple. Some may change our lives; others might never go beyond a single conversation.

The seemingly outlandish include space hotels, instant sleep chambers and time-travel machines. Others, like “brain fingerprinting” and “smart shoes,” could have commercial value.

Adidas announced this month that it is developing “smart shoes” with built-in computer chips that can automatically adjust the shoes’ cushioning level – a concept that Frey wrote about in 1999.

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