We might not be floating around in flying cars, but some of the things that exist today that we take for granted — cell phones, the Internet, automatic car starters — weren’t even on the radar just a few decades ago…and yet we rely on them.
Perhaps 20 years from now we’ll be looking at one of these 30 dubiously incredible inventions and thinking the same thing — “How did we ever live without it?”
Traffic Light Countdown Indicator
Serbian designer Damjan Stankovic’s Eko light incorporates a circular, visual countdown timer wrapped around the red light. Rather than enable quicker green-light launches, the countdown light would serve to de-stress drivers by providing them feedback of exactly how much longer they’ll have to wait.
Because no one would ever use this for nefarious purposes like racing, right?
Movie Theater Bathrooms with Screens
Worried about missing an important part of the movie because you drank too much soda during the previews? Problem solved.
Pizza Vending Machines
If you’re in a hurry or if you like avoiding human interaction whenever possible, this is the pizza place you’re looking for. You pick the toppings and it actually bakes the pizza for you right there on the spot.
Outlets with Extension Cords Built In
This 1.5 meter cord unfurls from a cavity behind its socket. When you don’t need extensions, it’s neatly tucked away. When you need it, simply pinch the sides and wind it out.
“What happens when it gets tangled up in the wall,” you ask?
Umm…good luck with that!
The Drop Rest mug catches drips before they make it to the paper or surface of your desk. Capitalizing on the physics of surface tension, a thin groove keeps small, nuisance droplets in place so there’s no need to worry about coffee stains.
A Pen that Scans and Writes Any Color
Scribble, available either as a conventional ink pen or as a mobile device-compatible stylus, works with an advanced color sensor and microprocessor backed by LEDs that illuminate and scan anything you like.
Because, of course, there weren’t already enough options from which we could choose.