People say the best way to come up with the next big thing is to think of a problem that you can solve. People usually get stumped at this point because they fail to recognize all the everyday problems most people have but never knew they needed to solve.
There are a lot of things in life that we’ve grown so used to that we’ve never even given a thought to improving. But you’ll see down below that others have indeed come up with genius solutions to common everyday problems. From technology that allows you to watch a video that goes hand in hand with your homework to a gas station that you can enter without worrying which side your gas pump is on — check out the brilliant solutions below that have made a lot of lives easier.
#1. A Japanese toilet that has a privacy button that plays music.
People can use this button when they don’t want anyone hearing them use the toilet. This is genius!
#2. An elevator that has buttons you can press with your feet.
This comes in handy when your hands are full with groceries or if you want to avoid getting germs.
#3. A ceiling depicting “Where’s Wally” at a dentist’s office.
So the patients can keep themselves entertained during those boring appointments.
#4. A store that allows customers to choose whether or not they want to be bothered by the staff.
Now the store’s employees know which customers need help.
#5. A store that has a winter stimulator for trying out winter clothing.
This way, you know whether your outfit can actually keep you warm.
#6. Homework that has a barcode scan that takes you to an instructional Youtube video.
The video is posted by the teacher and is related to the lesson that was taught.
#7. A drinking fountain for both humans and dogs.
Can they implement this at every park?! This is brilliant.
#8. A Beijing subway that allows its riders to pay with plastic bottles.
Now people have an incentive for recycling!
#9. A car that won’t let you listen to music unless you put your seatbelt on.
The annoying never-ending beep sound that goes off when you don’t put on your seatbelt is already pretty effective, but this one might be a game changer.
#10. A library that contains dozens of various cake pans available to borrow.
And if you bring it in, the late fee is a piece of cake!
#11. A highlighter that has a clear part to show you what you’re highlighting.
No more accidentally highlighting words you didn’t mean to highlight! A great solution to a tiny problem.
#12. A tie with a microfiber lining so you can clean your phone screen.
You can also use it to clean your glasses!
#13. A sign that moves the “N” when they’re closed.
So it goes from “OPEN” to “NOPE.” People are so witty, how did I never think of that?!
#14. A color chart sticker on an avocado to indicate when it’s ripe.
But let’s be honest, it goes from not ripe to overripe faster than you can eat it.
#15. A bin in Edinburgh that lets you vote for things with cigarette butts.
Now the streets have less cigarette butts littered on the ground everywhere!
#16. A pet relief station at the airport.
Love that they added a hydrant to help the pup go a little faster.
#17. A first grade classroom that has desks with pedals.
Now kids have the option to stay active while they’re learning.
#18. A gas station in Seoul that has their gas pumps hanging from the roof.
This way, it doesn’t matter which side your patrol cap is on.
#19. An open and close sign in one.
Never thought that the letters were similar enough to manipulate in this way.
#20. A vending machine that gives you your money back if the item you requested doesn’t drop.
Vending machines being tipped causes more deaths than sharks each year, this could literally save lives.
#21. A biker’s jacket that has signal and brake lights.
Now this is what you call being a responsible and efficient biker.
#22. An exit ramp for frogs to safely get out of a swimming pool.
This would also help squirrels and other rodents! You’ll be surprised how many frogs and/or chipmunks can accidentally drown in a swimming pool.
#23. Rotating benches that keeps the seat dry after rain.
They simply rotate until there’s a new dry slat to sit on.
#24. A chair that has a slit into it for purses and bags.
This must also help bags not get stolen!
#25. A toilet paper roll that has a small roll inside it that you can take on the go.
Or that you can use as an emergency pack when the original roll is out!