Since everyone else who publishes anything online is currently engaged in a frenzy of ‘Top ten X of 2008’ articles, I thought I might as well join in. Here is a selection of some of the inventions which I’ve come across recently which I really wish I’d thought up.
Many hover on the border between invention and design and none rely on the recent discovery of anything in the least nano-quantum-ribonucleic.
Paper bottle Water soaks paper, and yet…
Space mug Can it even be called coffee if it’s translucent?
Bubblewrap calendar Better than squeezing zits.
Anti-theft humiliation pen Just the kind of social engineering device which I love.
One-handed watch Confused by two hands on a watchface and burdened by a surfeit of precision? This is a really appropriate design.
Engineering designer who casts flows A satisfying and elegant approach -beats the old Navier Stokes equations any day.
Expandable bookcase All this needs is a motor drive (and I’d personally want the Thunderbirds theme playing as it expands).
Bottle stool Not as sure about this one as I was when bookmarking it.
Grown chairs Utterly great, if a little slow in production.
Touch shot I thought I had invented this one myself -until I came across this impressive implementation in a real product.