You may touch a table every day, but you never think of turning it into something else. Sometimes it’s great to transform an everyday object that no one thought could be improved. And thanks to those inventors with creative ideas, we own the changing life with each passing day.
1. Kitchen table doubling in size in mere seconds.
The Fletcher Capstan Table expands from a standard 6.5 or 10-foot table to one that measures anywhere between 20 and 30 feet across. These round tables come in four standard sizes, and expand by simply rotating the top 180 degrees manually or electronically by remote. The tables are customizable, and range from $50,000 to $70,000 on the UK Fletcher website
2. “LiquiGlide”: Allow condiments to flow effortlessly out of a bottle.
LiquiGlide is a coating of non-toxic materials that allows every single drop of your favorite condiment to flow out effortlessly, reducing a ton of waste.
Invented by five MIT students and their professor, LiquiGlide was named one of Time’s Best Inventions of 2012 and came in second in MIT’s $100,000 Entrepreneurship Competition. The inventors currently created the coating for special clients.
3. Invisible bike helmets inflate on impacts
The Hövding, or invisible bike helmet, is the brainchild of two students at the University of Lund. The Hövding is actually an air bag that uses a helium gas cylinder to inflate when its sensors detect a sudden strike.
The airbag is like a hood, except it’s shock absorbent and able to withstand multiple head impacts. What’s worth notice is that The helmets are also CE labelled, which means they comply with EU safety standards and have undergone a variety of safety tests. The helmets are expensive; each costs for more than $400.
4. Evolution door by an Austrian artist
Artist Klemens Torggler’s Evolution Door is a 4-panel “flip panel door” that opens and closes elegantly as though it’s made of pieces of paper.
Torggler has a few variations on this door, including one with triangles that fold out to help the door move and another system with rods that rotate two square panels. He sells them on his website for an undisclosed price (which depends on materials and design; it comes in a glass, steel and wood version). And I guess it can’t be cheap.
5. Future toilet: save water and space
The Iota toilet, invented by two British students, can fold in after use. Its creators claim that it uses 50% less water than a stationery toilet and also has a comparative small size, which helps it fits in ting bathrooms. Its rimless design makes it much easier to clean.
However, the Iota Toilet is only a concept now, but with the overwhelming internet response, people think highly of its coming into reality.
6. Light bulbs: wifi-enabled, multi-colored, and smartphone-controlled
The new kind of light bulb named LIFX, is not only multi-colored, but can be controlled through any mobile devices with wifi and an app.
This kind bulb has a long life, up to 25 years. What are even cooler are its various functions including a sleep mode that dims your light in the night and brightens them in the morning. You can also switch it with your cell phone. The LIFX has a reasonable price at $99.
7. Shapeless water blobs
Ooho is a biodegradable film made of brown algae that can hold water. This flexible water bottle is quite easy to break and sip from
It was developed by three London design students who are aiming at create something durable, cheap and sustainable: it only costs two cents to make. However, it’s only a prototype now.
8. Candles that can be used again and again
Designed by artist Benjamin Shine, this regenerated candle called Rekindle Candle; the candle holder collects melting wax in the base and then forms a new candle.
As the candle burns, melting wax drips down from the candle and accumulates inside a transparent stem with a wick. Once the candle is completely melted, you can crack open the mold and a new, fully formed candle will be removed.
As this idea has won outpouring support, Shine’s invention has now coming into market.
9. Volvo’s inflatable car seat
Volvo’s new rear-racing car seat can inflate in 40 seconds using an integrated pump. It comes in at less than 11 pounds, about half the weight of a contemporary car seat. The seat is made with a fabric that can sustain high internal pressure, originally developed by the military as part of an effort to create an inflatable airplane, now it’s used by the boating industry, Volvo says.
There’s no word on when the inflatable seat could come to market, but hopefully Volvo moves quickly.
10. Nightlight lasts for 25 years and keeps outlets free
The SnapRays GuideLight has gained great market response since it’s posted on Kickstarter in March. And it’s pretty easy to see why. This nightlight is portable and there’s no need to take up outlet space. It’s easy to assemble and has an affordable price. Now you can pre-order the SnapRays GuideLight through creator Jeremy Smith’s website at $15 for one, $42 for three, $65 for five and $120 for 10.