Just over 100 years ago, mobile phones would have seemed an impossible dream and transatlantic aircraft an absurd fantasy. As for an electronic library that fit into your hand - well, that would be nothing short of science fiction.
- Jenny Stocks, The Mail
Another great idea of mine, any one know how you go about getting an idea patented?
Anyway, going back to Jenny Stock's article.
Funny and yet somehow kind of scary all at the same time, Jenny lists nine inventions that are heading for the High Street. Here are my favourite five.
The Pickpocket Proof Wallet. (Try saying that quickly.) A finger print activated wallet called the I-No this prototype invented by grandmother, Marion Barling (60), is a lockable wallet that can only be opened by the owner's fingerprint.
A good idea but not exactly foolproof, I can imagine thieves forcing the owner to open this and if not ...... well, I guess you could end up one finger less.
The Pillow Prompter. A post-it note on the fridge not enough to catch your other half's attention when they wake in the morning? How about a brightly coloured pillow that can be scrawled upon with the special pen provided?
An ingenious (?) idea that has already been snapped up by several websites in the US, I'm not too sure Husband dearest would notice a message written on his pillow any more that he would a post-it note stuck to the fridge door.
A Bookbrella. Designer Francisco Chaparro has come up with a cunning solution to the problem of the sun reflecting off the pages of a book and making it too bright to read. Move into the shade perhaps? NO, that's far too easy an answer - Mr Chaparro has invented the Bookbrella, a small parasol that casts a shadow over the pages, and, even more clever, it folds down to the size of a bookmark which can easily be stored in your novel when not in use.
Fluo-Can. Conjured up by someone who has stood in doogy-doo once too often, the Flou-Can, produced by a leading pet food manufacturer, makes dog food glow in the dark and then what comes out the other end is luminous too.
The Sun-Seeking Plant Pot. Designed with the laziest of gardeners in mind, the Plantomatic is a plant pot on wheels with antennae-like solar panels that detect sunlight and then power the wheels to whizz the plant across the patio into the brightest of light - no good for plants that prefer the shade then!
And the others?
- The Freedman Chair that banishes back pain.
- The Magic Suitcase that allows you to take your whole wardrobe on holiday.
- The Bay-Watch, described as Fort Knox for the beach, this is a backpack that transforms into a beach anti-theft device.
- The Diet Dish has a carefully placed mirror on one side which reflects the amount of food on your plate to look as though its double the size.
And to make it even more fun .........
All of the above are bonafide inventions apart from one, can you guess which one isn't real? I'll let you know the answer tomorrow.
PS. My apologies that I'm unable to provide a link to the full article, in order to do so one must subscribe to the Daily Mail site.