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25 Truly Useful Inventions That You Never Knew You Needed

July 16th, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and while that might not be the case for every invention out there, most of these cool inventions definitely qualify as useful. Who knows? One of these 25 awesome inventions we found just might be the best thing since sliced bread.

The cool thing about a lot of these inventions is that they combine all sorts of simple products we know and use every day into new convenient combinations.

(h/t: remarkably and Erika S.)

Ironing Board Mirror

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Image credits: aissalogerot.com

The Rolling Bench That You Can Use After Rain

Image credits: yankodesign.com

Hour Glass LED Traffic Lights

Image credits: Thanva Tivawong

Universal Wrapping Paper

Image credits: Fabiomilito.com

Cup Holder Umbrella

Image credits: EK Design

Toothpaste Tube Squeezer

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Image credits: unknown

Baby Stroller and Scooter Hybrid

Image credits: pixstudio

Mirror Wiper

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Image credits: Dewa Bleisinger

Spaghetti Measuring Tool

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Image credits: Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson

Rotating 360° Lego Sockets

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Image credits: Cheng-Hsiu Du & Chyun-Chau Lin

Citrus Spritzer

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Available at Amazon

Dresser That Keeps Your Clothes In Their Places

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Image credits: Peter Bristol

Pizza Scissors

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Available at amazon.com

Couch Armrest Table

CATable Lets Cats Play While You Work

Image credits: lycs-arc.com

Twister Fork

Image credits: relogik.com

Baby Shower Cap

Available at Amazon

Lego Key Holder

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Image credits: minieco.co.uk

Cat Crib

Image credits: catcrib.com

Lock Mug That Prevents Other People From Using It

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Image credits Efrat Gommeh

Onion Holder

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Available at Amazon

Ring Thing Bottle Opener

Image credits: unknown

The Inside-Out Umbrella

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Image credits: Seung Hee Son

Gulping Yolkfish Egg Separator

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Image credits: Peleg Design

Reusable Candle

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Image credits: Benjamin Shine

25 Truly Useful Inventions That You Never Knew You Needed originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 16, 2014.

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How Beauty Procedures Looked In The 1930s-40s

November 22nd, 2013 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

What was it about inventors in the 20th century that made some of their inventions so weird? Take just about anything you can think of, and someone probably invented a really weird version of it at some point in the 20th century. There have been tons of weird inventions in the past, but they even managed to make something like beauty products look weird and terrifying.

Today, women curl their hair by putting it up into plastic spools or using a curling iron. Back then, they wound their hair up into a mess of thick, heated wires. They also wore all manner of strange and terrifying masks in an attempt to perfect their skin. Today, women simply need some cream or, in the worst case, a face mask cream and some cucumbers.

On the other hand, a few of these look awesome – who hasn’t had the sort of morning where they’d kill for a Hangover Heaven mask fresh out of the freezer?

via: globaldiscussion.net , dailymail.co.uk

‘Freezing’ freckles off with carbon dioxide was a popular treatment in the thirties

Patients’ eyes were covered with airtight plugs, their nostrils were filled in for protection, and they had to breathe through a tube. (Image credits: Time and Life pictures / Getty Images)

A chorus of large blow-driers attends to a customer in the 1920s

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A permanent hair procedure (presumably hair waving) being performed in Germany in 1929

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This device from 1930, invented by Max Factor, helps correct the application of make-up

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This terrifying mask from the 1940s could be plugged in to heat the face and head in an attempt to stimulate circulation and make the skin look fresh

Image credits: Courtesy Everett collection / Re

‘Slenderising salons’ in the forties devised all sorts of weight-loss treatments, one of which was massage chairs like these, which massaged clients’ legs with metal rollers

Image credits: Alfred Eisenstaedt /Time & Life pictures /Getty Images

A 1940s beauty treatment at Helena Rubinstein’s salon

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Before the invention of sun-screen in the mid 1940s, bathers wore garments like this Freckleproof Cape to protect themselves from the sun. The cape also features built-in sunglasses.

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Pre-war women would spend hours with their hair bundled up into creepy heating machines like these to achieve a fashionable curled look

Image credits: courtesy Everett collection / Re

A fruit mask from the 1930s

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This ‘Glamour Bonnet’ from the forties promised to give users a rosy complexion by lowering atmospheric pressure around their head to simulate alpine conditions

Image credits: London Media

This Thirties suction machine consisted of tiny glass nozzles, a rubber hose and  a vacuum pump. It promised smooth, spot-free skin

Image credits: London Media

These two 1920s women are getting rid of wrinkles and imperfections by wearing rubber “beauty masks”

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The ‘Hangover Heaven’ face pack, also invented by Max Factor, featured plastic cubes that could be filled with water and frozen. The mask was popular with party-going Hollywood stars in the forties

Image credits: London Media

How Beauty Procedures Looked In The 1930s-40s originally appeared on Bored Panda on November 22, 2013.

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30 Weird And Awesome Inventions

July 10th, 2013 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

The line between crazy and ingenious is often a very thin one, and sometimes ideas that sound great in your head should really only stay there. On the other hand, there are these every day problems we all face, yet no one comes up with a viable solution that could solve them. So maybe, just maybe, one of the crazy inventions out there could actually prove to be useful with time, even if in the beginning they sound plain ridiculous?

Like, for example, motivating yourself not to give up on a diet – if you got trouble saying no to that extra helping, start wearing a weight-watcher belt, so that everyone could see your progress with the centimeters! Or, for those who can’t fall asleep alone, the Hug Me pillow should be as must have. Here’s our selection of some of the craziest inventions out there. Which one do you like best?

Baby Stroller and Scooter Hybrid

Image credits: pixstudio

Flask Tie

Image credits: flasktie.co

Anti-Pervert Hairy Stockings

Image credits: chinasmack

Ping Pong Door

Image credits: tobiasfraenzel.com

Goggle Umbrella

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21 Cool Product Ideas by Sebastian Errazuriz

June 22nd, 2011 by Bored Panda | No Comments | Filed in Design

Sebastian Errazuriz (1977), born in Chile and currently living in New York, is probably one of the most talented young artists today. By doing little alternations to everyday items he manages to create the most unusual products and fashion pieces that provoke both thought and humor.

Sebastian seeks to create works that can remind people of their mortality, invite them to look again at their lives and question their daily routines. His obsession with the dichotomies of life and death are present in his sculptures, public art works, consumer objects, furniture and even fashion.

Selected one of the top emerging designers by I.D magazine, Sebastian has also been chosen Chilean Designer of the Year, and received multiple awards by design competitions, and the international media. His unique pieces have been incorporated in over 40 exhibitions including Tokyo, New York, Paris and Barcelona. His portrait on multiple magazine covers and hundred of articles showcasing his work, illustrate the interest of the critics and media which follow closely every one of his new projects.

Website: Meetsebastian.com

Bear Fur

Teddy-bear-fur coat is an homage to the Campana Brothers and a wink at the 80s eco-friendly fur campaign that seems to be poignant today considering the comeback of furs in fashion runways.

Hanging Tie

There is no other clothing element in the male repertoire as socially symbolic and functionally useless as the tie. A modification in its length can suddenly illustrate its ancestral tyranny and offer new functionalities for this ridiculous piece of cloth that has dangled from our necks for generations.

Lego Motorcycle Helmet

Knuckle Belt

Off The Course Umbrella

This umbrella was inspired by designer Sebastian Errazuriz’s rainy day golf outings. While living in Scotland, he and his friends often found themselves carrying golf clubs and umbrellas simultaneously, which struck inspiration in the young designer. Made of steel, fiberglass, polyester, and rubber. This product is an umbrella and should not be used as a golf club.

Do It Right or Clean Suicide Helmet

Clean Suicide uses the helmets structural properties designed to contain the brain in case of a huge blow. In this case he inverted the concept; the helmet has a perforated side and a real gun permanently attached so that the suicidal person can put the helmet on, close the visor and shoot his brains out. Thanks to the “Clean Suicide” helmet, none of the friends or family have to clean the bits and pieces of brain from the walls afterwards.

Shoes From Recycled Soccer Balls

“In South America most kids only have one pair of shoes. They use the same shoes to go to church on Sunday or play soccer in the streets with their friends. As a consequence their shoes get torn quickly and their angry mothers are always trying to stop them from playing and avoid them ruining their shoes.Watching some kids play on a dirt field I realized there were several old punctured soccer balls lying around. I decided to recycle those old soccer balls and use that strong thick leather to make indestructible soccer shoes so kids could play soccer without worrying about their mothers,” says the artist.

Buckle Belt

Granny Lamp

Knitted electrical cable.

The Duck Lamp

Converse Pants

The Boat Coffin

Because it’s cheaper than buying a boat and a coffin separately.

Glove Dress

Dress made from surgical gloves.

Bicycle Bench

The Bicycle bench was designed as a way to help recycle parts of the hundreds of old rusty damaged bicycles, left to die, chained to the lamp posts of New York City. By reutilizing and welding discarded tubes and saddles the old bike parts can be re-incorporated into the public realm as a simple useful urban furniture piece. The concept also wishes to constitute a sculptural exercise that reminds us of the importance of the bicycle as a valid and ecological mode of transportation even in a city as hectic and impatient as New York.

Zipper Dress

“Bilbao” Tree Shelf

Terrorist Hoodie

Organic Chicken

Life Swing

Public art installation in front of a rehabilitation center for handicapped children. Both children with and without disabilities can choose which of the two swings they want to use. An early reminder of the parallel realities in life.

Hand Jeans

Saint Chair

El Santo, or the “Saint chair” is a signed and numbered limited edition piece, hand crafted out of native Chilean wood, which is later dyed. The halo on top of the chair lights up to “illuminate” the innocent reader. The piece represents another exercise on his personal obsession with life and death and his consequent urge to playfully yet seriously invite people to look again.

21 Cool Product Ideas by Sebastian Errazuriz originally appeared on Bored Panda on June 22, 2011.

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Future-Predicting Postcards From Around 1900

March 29th, 2011 by Bored Panda | No Comments | Filed in Design

Not so many years ago, ideas like flying machines (planes) or broadcasting of moving pictures (television), seemed to be just some weird and hardly possible future predictions by science-fiction lovers.

People were always fascinated about the future, so they’ve tried to picture all those cool inventions the future is about to bring. Jules Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel in the late 19th-century before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. Not to mention Leonardo Da Vinci who has conceptualized a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power and a calculator in c. 1500.

Every generation has it’s own image of the future world, and the best part is of course seeing it come true. That’s why we want to show you a collection of future-predicting postcards made around 1900 by Hildebrands company, a leading German chocolate manufacturer. These lovely drawings depicted how people will live in the year 2000. They probably failed at predicting the fashion trends, but let’s see how accurate they were in predicting the technology.

Broadcasting

Needless to say, we have TV and Radio everywhere, even in our cell phones.

A Quick Stroll On The Water

We probably don’t use balloons, but sure we do have water skis, and water motorcycles.

House Moving By Train

There are over 35,000 trailer parks in the United States ranging in size from 5 to over 1,000 home sites. [1]

Personal Flying Machines

We already have a commercial Jetpack sold for $75000.[2]

Personal Airships

Combined Ship And Railway Locomotive

Probably constructing a railway on the bottom of the sea isn’t such a great idea after all, but we do have amphibious vehicles.

Police X-Ray Surveillance Machine

We have surveillance cameras everywhere.

Weather Control Machine

It has been already shown to be possible at some degree by Russians and Chinese, but this might be more like the prediction of 2100.

Summer Holidays At The North Pole

Definitely possible if you have some extra money.

The Moving Pavement

These are mainly used in airports, but also can be seen in some zoos and museums.

Roofed Cities

Not really sure about this one, but I believe this could be compared to our malls.

Undersea Tourist Boats

We have pretty advanced tourist submarines available for paying passengers.

Future-Predicting Postcards From Around 1900 originally appeared on Bored Panda on March 29, 2011.

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Hour Glass LED Traffic Lights

November 19th, 2010 by Bored Panda | No Comments | Filed in Design

Designer Thanva Tivawong redesigned the traffic light. The new hourglass-inspired design is not only visually appealing, but also very practical as now you can exactly predict  the next change of the lights. I think every bored panda would love it while sitting in a traffic jam!

Would you replace the current classical stoplights with these new Sand Glass Traffic Lights?

Hour Glass LED Traffic Lights originally appeared on Bored Panda on November 19, 2010.

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15 Cool and Geeky Gadgets For Your Kitchen

August 24th, 2010 by Bored Panda | No Comments | Filed in Design

Who says that cooking has to be a boring and serious business?

There are already a lot of  fun gadgets and inventions to help you in the kitchen, but we want to show you some of the coolest ones – like Hillary Clinton nutcracker, cement coffee machine or Sharky Tea -Infuser (this is probably my favorite one).

These things will definitely make you smile, and hopefully even make your work in the kitchen easier and more fun.

So, what are you waiting for?

Use the scroll, and later tell us which one would you like to have in your kitchen.

1. Sharky: Tea-Infuser

Designer: Pablo Matteoda

2. Lego Collection

Designed by Lego

3. Dog End Towel Holder

Designer: unknown

4. Cookie Crumbles No More!

Designer: Entresuelo1a

5. Cement Your Love for Coffee

Designer: Shmuel Linski

6. Milk Shaker

Designer: Anderson Horta

7. Ironius: The Coffee Mug Iron

Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

8. Spicy Invaders: Salt and Pepper Shakers

Designer:  Anderson Horta

9. Click Kitchen Gloves

Designer: Anderson Horta

10. Edible Jello Cups

Designer: The Way We See The World

11. Hilary Clinton Nutcracker

Designer: unknown

12. R2-D2 Rubbish Bin

Designer: unknown

13. Star Wars Toaster

Designer: unknown

14. Knife Holder

Designer: Maarten Baas

15. Egg Separator

Designer: unknown

15 Cool and Geeky Gadgets For Your Kitchen originally appeared on Bored Panda on August 24, 2010.

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15 Cool and Unusual Carpets, Rugs And DoorMats

July 28th, 2010 by Bored Panda | No Comments | Filed in Design

Almost all of us have carpets, rugs and doormats at home or office. When you look more attentively, they are everywhere – it’s just we don’t even notice them anymore.  It may seem that it’s not even worth talking about them, however, there are some really interesting facts and cool carpet designs worth seeing.

Carpet history started a long long time ago – the oldest surviving carpet is over 2,000 years old. It was found in the 1949 in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia where it had been preserved in ice. The origin of this carpet is attributed to either the Scythians or the Persian Achaemenids. For a long time, it was also believed that the borders of some oriental carpets were protecting those sitting within its magic confines.

Nowadays, nobody believes in magic carpets, but there are a lot of innovative, clever and even crazy carpet and doormat designs you should see! Which one do you like best?

1. The Doormat Scales

Designed by Emilio Alarcon

2. Dead Body Rug

Designed by Alex Carpenter

3. Brush Patterns

Designed by Giles Miller

4. Mini Lawn Carpet

Designed by Nguyen La Chanh

5. Space Invaders

6. Puzzle Carpet

Designer: Nauris Kalinauskas

7. Bedside Slippers

Designed by Daniel Meyer

8. Woody Wood Carpet

Designed by YLdesign

9. Egg Rug

Designed by Valentina Audrito

10. Monster Skin Rug

Designed by Joshua Ben Longo

11. Road Kill Carpet

Designed by Oooms

12. Mario Rug

13. Sausage Rug

Designed by Flachbild

14. Carpet – Plaster

Designed by Ricardo Garza Marcos

15. Recycled Rubber Doormat “Enter”/”Home” Key

Designed by Pieter Woudt

+16. Flower Carpet

Designed by Studio Tord Boontje for Nani Marquina

So, which one do you like best?

15 Cool and Unusual Carpets, Rugs And DoorMats originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 28, 2010.

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