There are some clever designers and engineers out there. Beyond tech that you can buy to improve your life, there are also plenty of awesome gadgets in the real world which make a big difference to how you live your life.
We8217;re certainly a wasteful society, but there are designers and passionate people striving to make the world a better place by reusing materials and things in new ways. Recycling and repurposing. One example of this is homes made from disused shipping containers.
In Denmark, they have an ingenious solution to this problem. These doggy dens prevent your pooch from being stolen and also have a built-in automatic disinfectant and cooling system. All this means you can do your shopping safe in the knowledge that your furry pal is safe outside.
This is a special umbrella storage unit that allows members of the public to store their umbrellas and lock them in place so no one else can make off with them. A key is required to remove them. Apparently, this sort of device is a common sight in Japan.
A re-purposed phone booth
With the advent of mobile phones, people rarely have a need for payphones anymore. This old phone booth has been converted into a convenient place to get some extra juice for your smartphone instead. A fairly nifty re-purposing of something old and obsolete.
This hotel mirror is located near the elevators and tells you what the weather is like outside before you leave the building. Of course, you could just look out of your room window, but where8217;s the fun in that?
If you have clean hands and touch the same handle, you might as well have not washed them in the first place. This simple design gets you to use your wrist instead 8211; for hands-free, germ-avoiding opening.
A modern phone booth
Libraries have always been a place for peaceful reading and quiet reflection. But in this modern age of always-connected smartphones, it8217;s hard to avoid interruptions. That8217;s where the 8220;cone of silence8221; comes in. This is a special booth in an American library that allows library goers a private place to take (or make) a phone call without disturbing fellow library users.
Perhaps one of the simplest designs on our list but no less awesome. These are hexagonal crayons discovered by one Reddit user at a restaurant. The unusual shape is designed to help stop them from rolling off the table. Simple but effective.
A brilliant colourful design appears in the elevators of UIHC Stead Family Children8217;s Hospital. As well as numbering each floor (and providing braille) the designers here have assigned a colour and animal/object to each floor.
This nifty little strip of metal can be seen at some bars for keeping your drinks cool while they8217;re not in use. Apparently, if you search hard enough you can find photos of people who pulled a Dumb and Dumber and licked it only to have the fire brigade come to rescue them.
There8217;s a lot to like about this image. Firstly it shows a mini-golf course on a pier, that8217;s fairly awesome in itself. What8217;s even cooler is the balls are biodegradable fish food. The last hole on the pier drops right into the ocean and provides sustenance to the local swimmers.
This is an interesting door design for sure. This hotel room is designed in such a way that the door can shut off either of two different doorways. Weird and wonderful architecture. They say when one door closes, another opens. Not in this case.
At first glance it might look like this hotel8217;s evacuation plan has just fallen off the wall and landed on the carpet, but it8217;s actually purposely mounted at this level. Why? Because in the event of a fire (and lots of smoke) the best thing to do is to hit the floor and try to find an exit. This will keep you below the smoke as hot air rises, but how will you know where to go? Check this floor level plan to find the emergency exits!
This is Marty. He8217;s a special safety robot employed by Stop&Shop supermarkets to trawl the aisles in search of spillages, debris or tripping hazards. Of course, he8217;s probably a hazard himself, but a cool and useful one at least.