Humans have developed quite a few inventions throughout the millennia. The wheel was a good one. Electricity is hard to beat. But the light bulb, that was absolutely brilliant! The internet, the iPod, and cell phones are more recent feats of innovation by the mighty human. But how about the hula-hoop? It’s one of the biggest trends ever to hit American teens. A blessing to toy stores everywhere. And an example of 1950’s American ingenuity at its finest.
We’ve compiled a list of fantastic inventions. If these products have not yet gone completely viral, you may find some have become the wildest, must-have hot-sellers retail has ever known, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Go ahead, check them out!
The Hourglass Traffic Light
The Sand Glass, designed by Thanva Tivawong, is a concept traffic light that we wish we could already be using! Just imagine how many traffic tickets would be avoided if you don’t have to risk guessing how much longer the light will stay green.
The light also features a countdown for those last few grains of LED-lighted sand.
The Desk of the Future
Do you have a 15-inch or a 20-inch monitor? Imagine your work efficiency with the prototype BendDesk. The screen is as big as an office desk! And it’s not only on the horizontal desktop area but also on the vertical paneling in front of you.
Touchscreen, to boot! Naturally, it’s constructed with ergonomic design. Who knew desks could get so interesting.
No More Tears Bath Hat
The HOOYEE Safe Shampoo Bathing Cap protects your kids in the bath or shower. Keep water and soap out of baby’s eyes while bathing. It’s also supposed to assist during haircuts. Plus, according to HOOYEE, it makes a great sun visor.
This could be your all-in-one protection device for baby’s eyes and face! It comes in turquoise, pink, green, and red.
Need to get through the executive meeting this afternoon, but you missed the power lunch with the guys because you had to catch up on paperwork? No fear. Sneak a nice sour mash whiskey blend inside this Flask Tie and get through the day.
Conveniently located around your neck, you can keep your drinking anonymous all day long. It comes in eight patterns and holds eight ounces.
Protect Your Dog from Rain
This dog umbrella serves double duty. Not only does it protect Fido on rainy days from getting drenched, but it also works as a leash. The leash, in turn, ensures that the umbrella remains directly over your pet to keep it as dry as possible.
All you need now is a cup holder on the handle for your latte!
Here’s an idea so new, there are no words to describe it! A projection keyboard. It’s a virtual keyboard, for keys in a musical instrument or for typing, that is projected with lasers. Mashable opines, “This portable laser keyboard is the keyboard of the future.” It links with any device.
That is super convenient. No more clunky keyboards. Even slick touchscreen keyboards seem archaic when you see these things.
Slippers with Headlights
Why mess with a night light when you can have it mounted to the front of your bedroom slippers. It’s the safest way to traverse a dark room at night. If you think these bright and furry super-functional slippers might be a good fit, check out Bright Feet Lighted Slippers for yourself.
If you think you're the kind of person to knock on into walls on your way to the bathroom then this is definitely for you.
Sharpie Re-engineers the Highlighter Pen
Now you can highlight your textbook or homework with precision. Sharpie designed a unique see-through tip. These highlighter pens make highlighting clearly visible. Choose from four colors. The chisel tip makes bold or thin lines. No excuses for avoiding homework now!
This is probably the most revolutionary tool that was invented for studying in the history of the universe.
Perhaps Santa will prefer that the milk with his cookies be served in a flask rather than in a glass? Either way, this Santa Flask is available for purchase by anyone who thinks a flask disguised as a plastic Christmas stocking is a good idea.
If you’re looking for a creative gag gift for the next white elephant party you’re invited to, this may be the solution.
Purify Your Air and Water
This two-in-one gizmo purifies your tap water and the air in your house. The WSTA Portable Ozone Generator cleans the air by removing pet and cigarette smoke odors. It also eliminates allergic contaminates from any room in your house.
Take it with you when you go camping and enjoy freshwater from the stream or lake without having to boil it. This product can even rid your produce of pesticides. For purer living, this is it!
An Experiment in Cooking
This Chemist’s Spice Rack is perfect for the scientist in all of us. The complete set comes with test tubes full of spices and flasks for oil, salt, and pepper, replete with rubber stoppers.
Make a laboratory out of your kitchen and experiment every single night with meals to serve your family.
The Fork of the Future
The RSVP Endurance Pasta Fork is not a futuristic concept fork. No. It is available to anyone in sets of four. The stainless steel rippled prongs grab onto long spaghetti noodles while you effortless twirl your noodles into the perfect-sized bite.
Practicality meets elegance. Look no further for the perfect pasta eating tool.
I bet you have never seen one of these! Introducing the SereneLife Portable Infrared Home Spa. Why go through the trouble of trying to schedule an appointment at the salon when you can pop into this gadget anytime you want. No waiting needed?
Move it from room to room. Set it in front of your own TV, in private. When you’re not using it, fold it up and put it away.
Umbrella with a Cup Holder
You thought only cars come with cup holders? Think again. A new invention by Urban Zoo, patent-pending, fits your umbrella with a cup holder too!
You only have two hands. This multi-tasking maven is magnificent! Coffee is a priority, and of course, you don’t want to drop that call. Plus, you may have other items that must stay dry on a rainy day.
The Ben & Jerry’s Pint Padlock
This is a real problem. Especially if you live with roommates. Keep your ice cream safe and germ-free with the Ben & Jerry’s Euphori-Lock Ice Cream Pint Combination Lock Protector. It’s got a long name, but it’s quick to protect your valuable tub of Cherry Garcia. Keep them out of your Ben & Jerry’s Vegan P.B. & Cookies!
A great way to keep those uninvited guests out of your precious ice-cream.
LED Fan and Clock Invention
Without electricity and the light bulb, we would never have this invention. What is it, you’re asking?? This is a laptop companion that keeps you cool while displaying a clock (for the third time as it’s on the computer monitor as well as your phone which is sitting next to you).
You may be able to use this handy little fan at another USB port too. Cool gadget!
The Dripless Coffee Mug
Do you live under constant harassment from someone who is relentlessly on your case about coffee rings left on coffee tables, books, or side tables? You try to make sure there are no drips, but they detect the evidence every single time!
This coffee mug will save you from endless harassment. Invented by Kim Keun Ae, a Korean designer, the Drop Rest Mug stops drips before they stain important documents or antique wood furniture. Finally.
This spout protector is perfect! It protects your baby from injuries that might be sustained from accidentally falling on a sharp, metal faucet, and it regulates the temperature, so it’s just right for baby’s bath. Called the 4Moms Spout Cover, it is designed to fit on any faucet.
This sounds like a must for every new mom in the world. It's better to be safe than sorry.
This durable 3-inch solid stainless steel dumpling maker makes empanada, ravioli, and pierogies! All you have to do is figure out how to make pasta dough, roll it out and hope it doesn’t tear when you place it into this handy-dandy pierogi mold. Bon appetit!
Just looking at this thing can give you an appetite.
Rotating Power Strip Surge Protector
ECHOGEAR has found a solution for overcrowded insufficient power strips. Developing a power strip surge protector with rotating outlet plugs allows enough space to plug in 8 separate devices!
The ECHOGEAR Power Strip Surge Protector can handle all your charging needs. It also has a near-perfect Amazon rating from its many satisfied fans.
A Hammock for Cats
Looking for a safe place for your feline friend to nap the day away? Strap this cat Cat Crib under a chair and the kitty will be purrr-fectly happy. They love hiding under beds and sofas, adding a hammock should be a great find.
Maybe, in immense appreciation, your cat will choose to sleep there rather than leaving hair on your comfy couch.
The Inflatable Back Seat
You already have an inflatable mattress at home to accommodate your guests as best you can, but do you have a Travel Inflatable Mattress Air Bed? This blow-up bed can make your car into a camper!
It’s also the perfect size for your SUV cargo area. Get two and sleep four in your SUV!
The Beauty of Candlelight
We already know candlelight is a lovely way to add ambiance to a room. But this Lotus Tealight Candle Holder not only adds warmth, but it projects artistic designs onto your walls. It’s ideal for gifts or lighting up special occasions. And with the traditional Lotus engraving, it puts the OM in anything.
Perfect for all those mediation and yoga gatherings you have been planning to make.
The Next Best Thing to A Selfie Gadget
So, you need to tether your phone, but you want it near you. Here it is. Like an inverted selfie stick, this gadget brings your phone to your line of vision, whether it’s in the car, behind the wheel, or in bed. You’ll enjoy a truly hands-free experience.
Read up on your favorite actors, hang out with your social media pals, then off with the light. Goodnight!
Facelifts can be expensive! It costs hundreds and thousands of dollars to have simple procedures performed on your face. Plus, going under the knife is painful, and it takes some time to heal. Why go through all the misery and expense when you can buy this Face Slimmer for just $4.99?! That’s right, not even five bucks, and you can tighten lips, eyes, and chin areas.
Just 3-minutes per day and you can kiss those wrinkles away. If you’re puzzled about how it works , not to worry, there are are a full set of instructions.
The Evolution of the Pizza Slicer
Introducing the Dreamfarm Scizza. For cutting and serving pizza pies, you have found the ultimate device. This thing will cut perfect slices on any surface without causing damage and then serve a perfect slice to the plate. It’s made of German stainless-steel blades and a non-stick nylon base.
Certianly every college student's dream. Totally simple and intuitive. Seriously one of the best invesntiosn we've seen
OnionHolder Onions are a challenge. But not with this all-in-one onion holder. Now you can slice, chop, cut and remove odor from onions with one tool. Plus, freeing your hands from touching the onion keeps your hands free of onion odors.
Plus, it can be used on potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers too! Very versatile.
Tired of dragging the ironing board out every time you see a wrinkle? Instead, you can have the convenience of a full-length mirror set with an ironing board hiding behind. This innovative space-saving invention is a display of form and function at its best.
With an Interactive Flip Mirror, you can detect wrinkles, and smooth them out with a flip.
‘Beam Me Up, Scotty’
Star Trek fired our imaginations with teleport technologies. Traveling in a zip is a wonderful dream. (Just hope you don’t accidentally land at the wrong, very inconvenient, destination. Like, in the middle of the frigid Atlantic instead of Berlin.)
Space vacation will be available this century. You will be able to orbit the Earth as the moon does, but you’ll still have to rocket to get there. Yet, maybe teleporting isn’t too far off either. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) pulled it off with quantum information. In an experiment, the NIST teleported light particles! Will we be next?
The Condiment Shooter
Guns and barbecues. What is more American than that? Now you can shoot your ketchup onto your burger or pull the trigger to line your hotdog with mustard.
Do you want to make eating fun enough that your kids show up for dinner? This is your culinary device. (Disclaimer: The Condiment Shooter hereby disclaims any and all responsibility for the potentiality of food fight shootouts.) And that’s not all, folks it also shoots BBQ sauce and hot sauce.
on the Double! Make breakfast for yourself and your partner in a jiffy! This Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker cooks your breakfast in just 5 minutes. Double that! It cooks two. Save the time and energy it takes to run through Mickey D’s for an Egg McMuffin, and enjoy a lovely breakfast at home, even on those days when you have to be out of the house by 7 a.m.
Worrying about keeping all those parts clean think again? This thing has you covered, they go right in the dishwasher.
A Bottle Opener for Any Occasion
Never get stuck with a beer you can’t open again. The ZRAMO Ring Bottle Opener is a stainless steel bar tool that comes in silver or gold finish. Best of all, you will always have it with you. For beer-centric lovebirds, it may be the perfect nuptial gift. Note to buyers.
The Ring Bottle Opener comes in only one 22 mm size.
The Smart Lens
This revolutionary medical device that serves as a contact lens for vision while monitoring glucose levels in people with diabetes was a really good idea. Monitoring made simple, no pricks or prods. Google’s life science company Novartis led the project only to find, much like Google’s driverless cars, it is completely impracticable at this point.
We suppose it's still in the early stages. Technology like this certainly takes it time to develop.
DIY Bicycle Lane
This bicycle light is no ordinary safety feature. Just strap the Crtch Bike Lights onto your bicycle and ride in confidence. The super-bright LEDs create a virtual bike lane for you, even if there was none in the first place!
It’s easy to install and runs on AAA batteries. Safety has never been simpler.
Fliz Pedal-Less Bicycle
We’re going back to inventing the wheel with this innovation. The FLIZ pedal-less bicycle is a mode of transportation that you probably have never seen before.
Like a walk/bike hybrid, it provides all the exercise you need without those clunky pedals getting in the way.
Stop searching everywhere for a place to charge more than one device at a time when you’re on vacay. Vacations should be relaxing, free of low battery fears. This Travel Power Strip fits easily in a suitcase and comes in handy with three available USB outlets. Or maybe at home, there’s only that one free outlet behind the couch. This retractable power circle can reach it.
There is not a device in the world that this little wonder can't accommodate! A must have in today's tech-stacked world.
Make Espresso Anywhere
This little gadget is a java dream come true for that person who absolutely cannot go a day without freshly brewed espresso. Otherwise, it might be perfect to bring a portable espresso maker camping or to a picnic. It’s a must-have device for all glampers!
Sneak it on the airplane and enjoy a high-quality espresso while the other passengers are stuck with airline brewed regular coffee
The Force is With You
Ah, the Uncle Milton Star Wars Deluxe Lightsaber Room Light. A must-have for all Star Wars enthusiasts, regardless of age. This wall-mounted lightsaber glows in eight different colors, each level of the spectrum accessed at your command.
The handheld remote control feature also controls sound effects. Light and entertainment, the perfect bedroom decor accent piece.
Multifunctional Foldable Cutting Board
This flexible cutting board is more than just flexible; it’s downright compliant. You can do all your prep work with this culinary tool. Covering all the bases, it provides a space to cut, chop, strain, and rinse any type of fruits and vegetables.
And after you’re done, just pop it in the dishwasher. Voila!