Not all new inventions are universally useful or even practical, but you have to admire the innovative spirit of creative people.
We found 50 inventions from the brilliant to the zany – and we bet you’ll find more than one thing in here that you wish you had.
1. An outlet for our interests
As the pandemic keeps more of us at home, more of us than ever are relying on our tech.
But are there ever enough outlets?
Not for us.
Enter this pop-up outlet that allows you to plug in all of your electronics that also tucks back into the wall instead of taking up space and making a mess like a bunch of power strips do.
2. Safety first
With the rise of electronic locks, we need to be more careful than ever about privacy.
So many ATM and entry codes can be stolen simply by looking over someone’s shoulder and watching their hand movements.
But this solves the problem of the lurker.
3. A new kind of wearable
Luckily, someone finally realized that these things have to be aesthetically pleasing to be useful.
This wearable charger mimics some of the finest high-end bracelets.
4. Tip and measure
It’s a great way to avoid the cooking and baking mistakes the come with simply trying to eyeball the ingredients.
Sure, we can live without it, but we’d much rather live with it!
5. Brilliant or bird-brained?
Then again, you can also just gather up the crumbs and put them in one place for your feathered friends (even the ones that live outside).
Still, we’re fascinated at the idea and wonder how else we might keep food from being wasted.
6. High tech meets low tech
It’s not a high-end invention, but it is something we’d be likely to buy if we saw it in a bookstore.
7. Dropping the hammer
We can’t deny that it’s a clever idea for a toolbox!
8. Dunk as you drink
And while we’re not a fan of soggy cookies, plenty of people like to indulge. So why not make it a one-utensil endeavor?
9. It’s all about the lighting
Not only does clothing look different in a variety of lights, but so does skin tone and hair color.
This allows you to get a good peek at what other people are seeing when you walk around outside or into an LED-lit office.
10. Potty problems
Having to hold your little one up so they don’t fall in must be a real pain.
And while you probably still want to put something in between them and the seat, this at least allows you to let them use the bathroom without the arm workout on your part.
11. Can it
So many cupholders are designed to hold cans that it really helps to be able to reuse them!
12. Double the heat
We’re not sure how this works if your microwave is mounted above your stove, but it certainly looks helpful for those who have their machines on their counters.
13. The perfect business card
But there are ways to make them more relevant.
We love the creativity employed here.
14. In the bubble
But not everyone has the benefit of car cover in inclement weather, so this could be a low-cost way to solve this problem.
But with this cool tool, you can see what you’re about to highlight.
16. Wine float
A drink IN the pool is even better!
You certainly don’t want glass around (and you have to be sure to stay truly hydrated as well) – enter this floating wine glass.
Just make sure to fill one with water too.
17. Pitcher perfect
But it’s double nice to be able to take a whole pitcher of it to the table at a moment’s notice when you have people over.
This is such a great idea!
18. Dealer’s choice
It’s certainly no big deal to pass out cards, but letting this machine do it is not just fun but could eliminate accusations of cheating.
We could watch this video all day.
19. Stop the drip
And this is an easy and elegant way to trap that moisture.
We’re just curious how easy it is to clean.
20. There when you need it, hidden when you don’t
This space-saving cooktop is a really cool outside device.
21. A place for pets
This tucked-in pet nook allows you to keep everything neat and clean – although we can’t imagine it’s cheap to install.
22. Inflatable jack
This cool hand-pump jack allows you to lift up heavy devices even just a little bit to be able to level them out on the bottom.
We want one!
23. Draw back and forth AND up and down
And we imagine there are a few creatives and other engineering types who could find a good use for this.
Plus, it just looks like fun to use!
24. Lazy charger
Lots of people have – and the good ones are expensive to replace!
So while this might not look like much, we’re big fans of the idea – especially if it saves us money in the long run.
25. Make your own monster
Then again, they don’t realize that. And they’ll probably be thrilled – and have their creativity stoked – by seeing their design come off the page.
26. Illuminated umbrella
But if fluorescent orange just isn’t your color, there’s another option.
This umbrella allows you to stay dry AND alert others to your presence.
27. Seating and meeting
It’s a bench when you’re on your own (and one with a backrest!) and a family’s sized table when it’s time for dinner.
28. Give it time
If you’ve ever tried to get across 4 lanes of traffic, you can see why this would be helpful – especially when you’ve lost your hustle.
29. No cold showers
And it’s great for those small showers that force you to contort yourself just to turn them on without getting sprayed.
Even if you manage to be neat with it, lids can get sticky and leave behind a crusty mess.
So if you like your tea with honey, these balls with a gelatin coating are the perfect beverage solution.
31. Sing in the shower
It’s a guilt-free way to enjoy singing in your shower!
32. A new rechargeable battery
Rechargeable batteries can be kind of a pain. But being able to charge a battery with a connecter you already own might convince us to be more sustainable.
33. Choose your own chocolate
The cool thing about this candy bar is that it allows you to measure what you’re eating more precisely so that you can really be sure of how many calories you’re putting in your body (that is, if you want to know).
34. Cat furniture
Now that most of us have flat-screen TVs, our cats can’t stand on top of them anymore (though they certainly try). This cool mounted cat climber allows them to get within your field of vision without making you worry that they’re going to fall.
35. Drown out the sound
It’s always great to have a white noise machine when you sleep, though you might not have the space to travel with one.
That’s why we love the idea of hotels having them built right into the room!
36. Double duty
Necessary? Probably not. Cool? Certainly!
37. Let’s get visible
Hopefully, you’re not snowboarding near traffic – they’re really just for illuminating the area around you.
38. Quirky lighting
We love that the cord is part of the design, so there’s no need to hide it!
39. Air protection
We’ve received so many damaged items in the mail – hats included – that we’re wondering why everyone doesn’t just use these. You can put an item in one pocket instead of filling a box up with a whole ream of them too.
40. Safety pack
This whistle strap backpack could be the answer your looking for – and you’ll never have to rummage around in your bag to find it!
41. Cat pack
But if you get them used to it when they’re young, this will let you take them on all sorts of family adventures.
42. Ink warning
But now you can see your ink shortage coming with this clear pen with a warning system.
That way you’ll know if you need to pack a backup.
43. A tool for the long-haired
Sometimes you really do need a small ruler in a pinch – and need we even make a case for the bottle opener?
44. Mr. Clean
But hey, if there’s no dress code and you need to keep your classes clean, who are we to judge?
45. Pizza party
We kind of love this idea, even if it doesn’t necessarily let us reuse the bag.
And all we can say is that sounds like it comes from someone whose clothing has always had pockets.
We get that they mess up the line of a dress sometimes, but with poufy wedding dresses, they should practically be mandatory!
47. No more peeping under doors
Just give us a break already and let us use some tech to save our time AND bladders!
48. Leave it open a crack
At least when someone complains you left the door all the way open you can tell them it was really just 1/3rd of the way open.
49. Weather warning
We could use a heads up that it’s raining.
If you stay on a high floor, sometimes you just can’t tell.
50. The daddest hat
You probably wouldn’t find us wearing one, but it’s precisely the kind of thing a dad would wear to your outdoor school function just to be appropriately mortifying.