Every day, we come up against annoying things that no one has ever found a way to resolve which works all the time. But in some cases, thanks to human ingenuity we are moving towards this. Here are 20 inventions which are guaranteed to make your life a little bit simpler.
1. The pre-heated knife
This pre-heated electric knife cuts straight through cold butter even if it’s only just been taken out of the fridge. You’ll waste less time making toast in the mornings!
2. The Wi-Fi pen
Everything you write with this pen on paper appears immediately on your computer screen.
3. The notice board without pins
All pieces of paper on this notice board are held in place by static electricity.
4. Steel cooling tablets
These tablets are made of solid stainless steel, which is the same material used to make most medical and dental tools as well as kitchen utensils. They therefore don’t deposit anything in the water as you cool it down.
5. Heating balls
The Throbber Heating Ball can be used to heat up any liquid in which they are placed.
6. The jelly cloth for cleaning hard-to-reach places
7. The socket cover shaped like a cat for your phone
Like plasticine, this stuff takes any shape. Then it dries, hardens and remains stuck to any surface. It can therefore help to fix or improve a whole number of objects used around the house.
9. The suitcase-bedroom
Designers Roberto de Luca and Antonio Scarponi have developed a suitcase design which turns into a ’personal space’ with an area of 4 metres squared, which includes a bed, table, chair, cupboard, light and privacy screen.
10. A rocking chair for charging your iPhone or iPad
Swiss company Micasa Lab has come up with an environmentally friendly way to charge your iPhone: the movement of this rocking chair generates energy which charges your telephone. You have to rock back and forth in the seat for around three hours to charge your device.
11. The Moveo fold-out electric scooter
This electric scooter can be turned into a suitcase with a weight of 25 kilograms. The scooter can travel at a maximum speed of 45 kilometres an hour.
12. The magnetic egg which makes a nest from paper clips
13. The device which sorts sweets by colour
This device determines the colour of sweets, measuring their colour on a green-red-blue scale. It can sort 37 sweets a minute.
14. The mask which controls dreams
Inside the mask there are light emitting diodes. The light up in a defined order, creating patterns before your eyes. This can help to determine the nature of your rest.