This article was originally published on Travlerz
Not all inventions are big, shiny, and filled with modern technology. Some ideas are small but, when applied correctly, have an even greater potential of changing our lives for the better because they're so easy to do everwhere. These photos prove that you don't have to be an Elon Musk traveling to Mars to have the next big idea, some of these ideas are so genius that it's almost criminal that they're not everywhere! So get reading, get inspired, and get your own brilliant invention out there!
1. We Need It More Than Ever Before
Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it extremely important for everyone to wash their hands often for at least 20 seconds, it may cause a water crisis in the world. That's why this idea should be implemented globally.
This idea is so crucial for water conservation efforts because an average person unknowingly wastes about 30 gallons of water in a day.
2. Cool and Super Useful
In Ukraine, they implemented a new traffic light idea that is pretty cool and could save many lives.
As millions of people die in road crashes each year, an idea like this one needs to be implemented everywhere. Just imagine how many lives it could save.
3. The Design Helps You And Your Dog
We really liked this design because the water fountain lets the water flow down so the lovely doggos can drink water as well. Although it saves water, it does pose a risk of compromising dog hygiene.
That being said when the sun is out and your dog has been running around for awhile there's no doubt that your furry friend would be grateful for an invention like this.
4. Cleaning Was Never More Appealing
It is one of the most practical approaches to environmentalism we have seen. And who doesn't love a free coffee, right?
We think this is a brilliant idea to reduce beach litter as giving free coffee can motivate even the most tired person to keep the beach clean. Cleaning beach littler is not only a good activity, but it also makes you more careful about your surroundings.
5. A Well Thought Out Sign
We feel that this sign is 100% necessary for every city in the world. It is simple and it might actually work.
It is because you see many accidents happening as drivers don't pay much attention to the height of the bridge and hit it.
6. Switzerland Has Got It Figured Out
This is a mountain finder device in Switzerland and we're wondering how come this idea is still not implemented everywhere. It is cheap and long-lasting, what else you need?
We love this low tech brilliance because it'll never break and will stay good in all weather conditions.
7. Finally Someone Found a Solution To Frustrating DIY Furniture
If you have been a long-time customer of IKEA or any other furniture brand, you must have felt frustrated when assembling furniture, especially when it comes to IKEA.
So, this brand sent new desk parts separated by steps. Someone should tell IKEA about it.
8. A Great Idea for Disability Awareness
This is an accessibility matt on the beach so that people in wheelchairs can also enjoy the waves. We think every beach in the world should have this matt.
This is the smartest device ever thought of! We know it's only a strip in the sand, but to a disabled person, it might mean so very much. You have to understand that getting to the beach and enjoying it would be so wonderful for a person in a wheelchair.
9. An Elevator Button You Can Push That's Further Down The Hall
You wake up in the morning only to notice that you may not reach the office on time. So you take a quick bath, eat breakfast quickly, and rush to the elevator only to find that it is taking time to open. At that time, a wait of even a few seconds can feel like a lot.
This idea is perfect as the elevator has a call button, which is 30 feet away. So all you have to do is push the button and the door will be open by the time you get to it.
10. A Little Extra Information is Helpful
As we live in a world where big brands are not honest with their customers, some brands are trying to be as honest as possible.
This toothpaste brand describes both its ingredients and also their purpose. Here's an idea: they should put these on cigarettes so people can realize how much harm it can cause to their body.
11. 'Shut Up and Take My Money"
First of all, the title of shut up refers to a famous meme so no one should get offended, okay? This pill bottle lid is something that is just brilliant. It tells you the time since you last opened it.
It is an extremely useful idea for epilepsy patients as they often have memory problems.
12. Perfect Elevator Solution During This Pandemic
This elevator design has buttons that can be kicked. Although this design was for people in the courier business, we think it would help prevent us from pressing the same button that has been touched by so many others.
Be careful people even when it comes to pressing elevator buttons. Do you think this elevator idea should be implemented in all countries?
13. Forget About Sunlight In Your Hotel Room
One person uploaded a photo of the curtain design in their hotel room. The amazing thing about the design is that it ensures there is no annoying little gap in the middle.
Most of you will be like "I have two questions: where do I get this, and how much does it cost?"
14. An Energy-Saving Solution For UPS Trucks
The roofs of some UPS trucks are not brown, instead they're translucent so that there is no need to use lights during the day.
This idea seems good but some people pointed out that it could make the truck heat up like an oven in places that are usually very hot. It is a good idea if the rooftop doesn't let the heat in.
15. Guard Rail That's Been Turned Into A Bench
If you think that some sort of accident caused all this then you're wrong. The fence has been purposefully shaped this way to create seating for people.
It is a cool and simple idea which serves the purpose of killing two birds with one stone.
16. An Idea That Should Be Mandatory
This is a traffic park for children in Copenhagen. In the park, children ride bicycles and learn the rules at a young age.
This idea is quite common in EU, but it needs to be implemented all over the world. It would help in saving a lot of lives that are lost due to increasing road accidents.
17. Always Respect The Elders
This is an idea that won our hearts. It is for seniors and disabled people as they can extend crossing time for this 8 lane highway.
This is a wonderful idea. Anyone with mobility issues would benefit from this. We hope it gets implemented everywhere in the world.
18. A Design With Some Holes In It
These bikes have airless tires and although the design is good, it still needs further improvement.
For instance, some users feel that the tires are too dense and they feel heavy. Moreover, the tires may have issues on unpaved or muddy surfaces.
19. No Need to Use Your Hands
We showed you the perfect elevator design during this pandemic and here is another idea that needs to be implemented as soon as possible.
It is a "toeopener" for people who don't want to touch the doorknob that already has too many germs on it.
20. Perfect Idea To End Double Parking?
Someone shared a photo on the internet showing how the parking lot at their work uses paint lines that continue up the wall to help people properly park.
Despite such a good idea, we still feel that you will find some people double parking.
21. A Family That Stays Together, Plays Together
Why let the kids have all the fun when you can use a designed swing so that the parent and the kid can swing together?
Some of you may fear that your kid might vomit on you. We're not going to lie - it may happen.
22. An Idea That Every Country Needs to "Buy"
This shopping cart with a calculator seems like a super sensible idea that should have already been implemented all over the world.
After all, this idea would really help with the surprise and embarrassment at the cashier. By the way, there are barcode scanners in some malls.
23. An Excellent Business Model
This local laundromat also has gym equipment so that people can use while waiting for their load to finish.
You're watching your clothes tumble 'round and 'round, so why not get some personal mileage out of it? Great idea!
24. Did Anyone Say Floppy Disks?
This USB drive has a display on it that shows how much of its storage has been used.
It is a cool idea but the thing is that you get to see the storage when you connect the USB to a computer. Nevertheless, some people will really want to buy it.
25. We Always Get It Wrong...Well, No More!
These sheets solve a common problem by telling you what side of the bed to put them on. This would be very helpful indeed.
Although it may seem like a small inconvenience, it can be really frustrating, and sometimes it takes several attempts to get it right.
26. Now That's Called Brand Responsibility!
This is just another Canadian thing that shows how much they care about the public. The bottle of Canadian whisky comes with free public transportation, so there is no reason to drink and drive.
The more we read and hear about Canada, the more we want to live there. Canadians are amazing people!
27. Every Kitchen Counter Needs It, Period
This spatula has a stand so that it doesn't touch the counter surface. And from the way it is designed, it looks like you can also leave it in the pan without it sliding down.
We think it's a great idea but there are chances the food will end up dripping, right?
28. The Best Job Ever
Do you want to beat flight anxiety? Instead of taking medication or trying some tricks, just pet a doggo like this one and you are good to go.
This airport has a therapy dog for people who have flight anxiety. This is cuteness overloaded.
29. A Much-Needed Drink Coaster
David O'Halloran was just 18 years old when he died. Authorities found a "date rape" drug in his system. This college has drink coasters that can test your drink for common rape drugs.
We think it is a great idea that should be implemented everywhere. Moreover, never leave your drink unattended.
30. Nothing Goes To Waste
This local coffee shop doesn't want to waste coffee grounds, so they pack it up and give it to people who love gardening. Starbucks also does it.
There are many creative ways to use coffee grounds and they contain several vital nutrients required for plant growth.
31. Hide Your Laptop Camera
Most of you know the story of whistleblower Edward Snowden who copied and leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA). We recommend you watch the Snowden movie for a better understanding.
As hackers and even intelligence agencies can spy on people using a webcam, this laptop comes with a webcam cover. Some people simply use duct tape to cover their webcams.
32. Just Show Up In A Trench Coat
This city added a safe place so that the public can conduct exchanges made on the internet. This exchange zone is directly in front of the police station.
It is a brilliant idea as it reassures both the buyer and the seller. A lot of cities have started to implement this.
33. Just Don't Google It
This is such a thoughtful idea that should be implemented all over the world. Some roads in Australia are so long and boring that there is always a chance someone could fall asleep while driving. Therefore, they have trivia signs to ensure the drivers are alert.
One thing we know for sure - Sheldon Cooper would love these signs.
34. That's a "Cool" Idea...Literally
A bar has a frost strip on which you can put your drink and stay cold. That’s impressive, right?
Some customers may have to fight the urge to lick it, but we think it is a seriously good idea.
35. It's All About Convenience
This hotel room comes with a complimentary android phone that also has free internet data and calls.
The phone has the info about the hotel, a guidebook, and a two-way messaging system so you and the hotel can easily get in touch.
36. Please Make It Universal...Please!!!
Have you ever waited at the airport for hours and had nowhere to rest because no one likes to sleep on the crappy seats in the waiting area?
Well, this airport rents sleeping cabins that provide privacy and personal security.
37. Perfect for Road Trips
If you ever go on a road trip and don't want to pay for an expensive hotel room, you could always sleep in your car. This inflatable mattress can make it easier for you as it turns the back of your car into a bed.
This would be great for long road trips where you're tired and need to pull over for a quick power nap to recharge your batteries.
38. A Difference-Making Button
This bridge has a crisis hotline machine. Imagine how many people ended their lives there, forcing them to come up with this idea.
This is a very meaningful idea because people who commit suicide do usually hesitate first, and someone on the other end of this phone could help them change their minds.
39. Also For People With Impulse Control Issues
We loved this one because the checkout has no candy, which means kids won't have to cry or fight their parents for a treat.
It is also a great for those people who have impulse control issues as they get the sudden temptation to buy candy.
40. Someone Finally Addressed The Real Issue
It can be really annoying that you go to a store and are minding your own business when one of the employees comes near you and asks, "Can I help you?" It is good customer service, but the problem is that a lot of people already know how to ask for help when they need it.
We're 100% sure this store needs more green baskets because most people want to be left alone while shopping.
41. Only If Life Was So Simple
Each year, there are more than 11,000 tire-related crashes and hundreds of people die due to weak-tire accidents.
So, this idea is pretty much that should be implemented everywhere. The tire will tell you when it's time to change it.
42. Genius Level 1000
Now here is a simply brilliant idea. This is a phone charging station where you have to sit down and pedal to get the power needed to charge the phone.
This is perfect for airports, where you're dying to move your legs but you have a flight in 20 minutes so you don't want to leave the area.
43. A Camping Tent For Your Cat?
Although these tiny model tents are there to give you an idea of what you're buying, we think that they are perfect for your little furry friends. You could buy one and place them outside of your house so that stray cats can live in there.
We have huge respect for those people who took the time, money, and effort to do this.
44. The Library Installed A Booth For Emergency Phone Calls
It looks like a passageway into another world, but in reality, it is a vault in a local library where you can talk on your phone.
We liked this "cone of silence" name but we would go with "Cylinder of Silence." It is not so comfortable if you're claustrophobic.
45. Can Every Restaurant Buy This?
These chairs are extra special as they have a notch cut in them to ensure your bag doesn't slip off.
We like this idea but there is a risk someone might steal your bag if you are not alert enough. It is best not to hang your bag or purse like this in a public place.
46. So Someone "Highlighted" a Highlighter Problem
People who use a highlighter know that it can become a bit irritating to pause and see what they're highlighting.
To solve the issue, this new design has a clear part to show what you're highlighting.
47. Dear Japan, You Are So Precious
This mirror in a Japanese hotel has a heated part that ensures that steam doesn't stay on the mirror.
Some people like foggy mirrors as they fun to play with, you wouldn't want them if you are not a fan of horror movies though.
48. Time To Read
This short story dispenser at a railway station will print off a free short story to read while you wait.
It is a much better alternative than using your phone. In fact, it may even help to bring the book reading culture back.
49. A Heaven for Readers and Bakers
This local library has dozens of different cake pans to check out. So, the library was already a great place for people who like to read books, and now even bakers will come there.
We wish there were a library for all kinds of tools because not every household has the means or space to have everything they'd like in the kitchen.
50. A Great Idea That Might Make Others Feel Embarrassed
This elevator has a sign which shows how close to the capacity it is based on the people that are in it.
It is a much better idea than a simple sign of "the lift can take 1000 lbs," but some larger people will find it embarrassing to take a ride on the elevator.