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These 20 Redesigned Everyday Products Will Greatly Improve Your Life

These 20 Redesigned Everyday Products Will Greatly Improve Your Life

New and improved are fantastic words, and innovations help make life just a little bit easier. The following familiar products have been “tweaked” and as such have become that much more useful.

1. Light Wi-Fi

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    The Chinese are developing a type of Wi-Fi that uses light rather than radio waves to emit wireless signals. The speed is as fast as DSL, with the potential to be far faster. Some office building in the North Western United States have already implemented the technology.

    2. Washable Keyboard

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      While it may be difficult to imagine a washable keyboard, it truly does exist. No more worries about spilled coffee, water, or soda around the computer. The redesign also spells an end to icky, sticky keys.

      3. Toilet With Sink Cistern

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        This is a product with a definite innovative twist. A toilet with an attached sink, the redesign saves water and money. It also frees up space in a very small bathroom.

        4. Flash Drive File Display

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          Display files on the flash drive in use. This revamped little item saves time by displaying files on the drive without having to click between the file and the hard drive.

          5. Edible Coffee Cup

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            This is a favorite of mine. An edible coffee cup pastry is much like “having your cake and eating it too.” An incredibly delicious and innovative way to start your day.

            6. Flat Extension Cords

            Flat Extension Cords

              No more round bumps under floor rugs with this cool extension cord. No more tripping over wires either. Stay connected, without the hassle.

              7. Trap The Cap Bottle Opener

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                Instead of having to hunt down the cap when a bottle is opened, this little gadget traps the cap for easy removal. The secret is a magnet that keeps the cap stuck to the bottle opener.

                8. Self-Chilling Energy Drink

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                Self-Chilling Energy Drink

                  Simply push a button for a refreshingly cool drink. A nice little addition when there’s just no room in the cooler or the fridge.

                  9. Serrated Edge Ice Cream Scoop

                  Serrated Edge Ice Cream Scoop

                    The serrated edge makes all the innovative difference when cutting into a carton of ice cream. The soft grip makes for a very comfortable fit, as well.

                    10. Smart Bin

                    This handy little contraption will make sure you never miss a pitch to the trash can ever again. It is mounted on wheels and designed to catch the trash thrown at it.

                    11. Augmented Video Display Glasses

                    Augmented Video Display Glasses

                      View the world through glasses much like a video game. A camera is mounted into each lens and the data is then digitized.

                      12. Electricity Generating Fibers In Clothes

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                        Every single move you make, even while resting and breathing, generates energy. Now this energy can be stored in clothes and used to charge gadgets on the go.

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                        13. Folding Speed Bumps

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                          No one loves speed bumps. This speed bump folds up when approached at a low speed, but remains a bump when a vehicle is at high speed.

                          14. Laser Keyboards

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                            Simply hook the projector to a computer or a smartphone via Bluetooth and type away. It makes tapping sounds just like a regular keyboard. Use on any flat surface.

                            15. High-Tech Bug Zappers

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                              This project was financed by Bill Gates to kill off disease-carrying mosquitoes. A laser is mounted on a stand and can “hear” the flapping wings of mosquitoes and zaps the bugs to death.

                              16. Laser Touch Screen

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                                A touch screen without a screen is the idea. A shoulder-mounted projector projects the touch screen onto any flat surface. The user simply taps the screen to access more information.

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                                17. Transparent Screen

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                                  This smartphone app makes it easy to walk and text at the same time. The see-through application provides a view of a keyboard and the text you are working on, overlaid over an image of your surroundings using the camera, which prevents you walking into obstacles.

                                  18. Personalized Luggage Tag

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                                    The tag may lessen the wait time at the luggage carousel. The luggage tag politely asks fellow passengers to shout out your name to make it easy to find your luggage.

                                    19. Fridge Camera

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                                      Schedule a picture of the fridge contents to make sure nothing is forgotten in the grocery store. The little contraption also prevents purchasing items that are not needed.

                                      20. QlockTwo W

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                                        A twist on a classic. Instead of numbers the time is displayed in a sentence, such as, “It is half past six.” A little something different for the innovator in your life.

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                                        Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                                        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                        Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                        your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                          Why You Need a Vision

                                          Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                          How to Create Your Life Vision

                                          Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                          What Do You Want?

                                          The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                          It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                          Some tips to guide you:

                                          • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                          • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                          • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                          • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                          • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                          Some questions to start your exploration:

                                          • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                          • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                          • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                          • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                          • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                          • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                          • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                          • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                          • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                          • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                          • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                          It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                          What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                          Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                          A few prompts to get you started:

                                          • What will you have accomplished already?
                                          • How will you feel about yourself?
                                          • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                          • What does your ideal day look like?
                                          • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                          • What would you be doing?
                                          • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                          • How are you dressed?
                                          • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                          • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                          • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                          It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                          Plan Backwards

                                          It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                          • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                          • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                          • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                          • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                          • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                          • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                          • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                          • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                          • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                          Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                          It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                                          Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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