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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

          Edible Coffee Cup

            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

                                Augmented Video Display Glasses

                                  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 May 21, 2020

                                        The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                        The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                        You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                                        Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                                        Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                                        An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                                        Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                                        1. The Paleo Diet

                                        The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                                        The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                                        In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                                        How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                                        The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                                        With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                                        It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                                        Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                                        2. Whole30

                                        The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                                        With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                                        During the month you are eliminating:

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                                        • sugar
                                        • alcohol
                                        • legumes
                                        • grains
                                        • dairy
                                        • soy

                                        Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                                        At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                                        Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                                        Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                                        With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                                        This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                                        3. The Mediterranean Diet

                                        The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                                        For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                                        With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                                        • Fruits & vegetables
                                        • Whole grains
                                        • Legumes & nuts
                                        • Replacing butter with olive oil
                                        • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                                        • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                                        • Moderate amounts of red wine

                                        Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                                        Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                                        With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                                        4. The Alkaline Diet

                                        The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                                        The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                                        Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                                        The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                                        People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                                        One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                                        Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                                        There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                                        The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                                        What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                                        The Big Takeaway:

                                        Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                                        Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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