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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

                                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 March 13, 2019

                                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                        1. Work on the small tasks.

                                        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                        2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                        3. Upgrade yourself

                                        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                        4. Talk to a friend.

                                        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                        7. Read a book (or blog).

                                        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                        8. Have a quick nap.

                                        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                        9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                        10. Find some competition.

                                        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                        11. Go exercise.

                                        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                        12. Take a good break.

                                        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                                        Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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