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1 For children to wash their hands, one sink in every public restroom should be placed low, with the faucet closer to the front edge. Now I always need to pick up my child awkwardly, as if giving him an "airplane ride", to let him wash his hands. E-mail
 
2 A high efficiency wood burning stove with a built in heat exchanger to limit the amount of heat that goes out the chimney. When the stove is burning properly the stove pipe to the chimney is cool enough to touch. E-mail
 
3 Bluetooth headphones are most prevalent today for mobile phones. TV manufacturers should incorporate Bluetooth compatibility in TV sets so that head phones will work as cordless headsets. E-mail
 
4 Put designs on the outside of concrete highway dividers for nicer landscapes. E-mail
 
5 Put soluble orange dye in the alcohol hand gel used in hospitals by staff and visitors. Then anyone not using it would be identified. It would wash off easily on leaving hospital. E-mail
 
6 Tiny CCTV cameras in cockpit of plane connected to a multi-channel digital video recorder. Store the hard drive in the blackbox. If the plane crashes, full audio/video recordings of the crew and instruments, passengers, & out-of-windscreen view. E-mail
 
7 Heavy buckets of water are very difficult for older people to carry. The manufacturers should add removable wheels so that the buckets can be rolled, then lifted. E-mail
 
8 Make non-shaded but polarized glasses for driving at night so that reflections on the road from lights, especially when it's rainy, won't make it hard to see the lane markers, etc.
 
9 A spiral slide as a fire escape from tall buildings. It has a cover and may use seats (& seatbelts) on gears (to regulate speed). It goes 10 floors at a time. Access via metal, locked doors, opened only in an emergency. Faster than stairs. E-mail
 
10 An ionic exchange converter for removing carbon dioxide from car exhaust to prevent climate change. (automotive, CO2, emissions) E-mail
 
11 Printing passport sized photos on self adhesive glossy paper sheets will be really helpful to the user, as mostly we are required to stick them onto something. E-mail
 
12 To improve railway safety, install GPS devices and radio transmitters on all train locomotives. A computer at a control center would monitor all train locations and alert any trains headed for a crash, based on position and velocity estimates. E-mail
 
13 Car companies should build new, hybrid vehicles for the postal service, thus keeping the auto industry alive, replacing the aging postal service fleet, and putting the bailout money to constructive use.
 
14 Vending machine manufacturers should program their vending machine dispensers to rotate past 360 degrees, like 380 degrees, then go back 20 degrees to a neutral position so that your chips or candy will fall down every time. E-mail
 
15 Digital vehicle traffic accident recorder: a small, digital camcorder mounted into vehicle front grill would record for 30 seconds, allowing visual recall of collision causes. E-mail
 
16 Lollipop cough drops: to prevent choking on normal cough drops that might be inhaled when sucking in air before a cough, cough drops could be made as lollipops with paper or plastic sticks or rope loops. E-mail
 
17 Meter to monitor power usage (watts/amps) per outlet. Variation to be uses at circuit (fuse) panel to trace hi-use circuits. Could be simple analog or digital/programmable to compute cost of use. Could be separate attachment or built into outlet/breaker. E-mail
 
18 Aerogel made of rice husks for insulation and other applications: Green Earth Aerogel. E-mail
 
19 A device on your television that, when you are watching a television program and you channel surf during the commercial break, will alert you once the commercial break is over so that you can go back to your show without missing any of it. E-mail
 
20 Escape from building fires. Once people are trapped in storied-building fires, a self-contained rope platform can help people evacuate from upper windows quickly. E-mail
 
21 Bananasicle: Freeze a banana to eat like a popsicle, but much richer, tastier, and healthier. E-mail
 
22 In case of fire or smoke in your hotel room, the safety instructions posted on your door should blink or light up to instruct you what to do and where to go for safety. E-mail
 
23 For online jigsaw fans, certain puzzles will have a "bonus" piece (or pieces) mixed in that would be added to others collected from various other solved puzzles to form a new puzzle.
 
24 New design for a smart phone: transparent body to look interesting, full touch screen, and USB connections to a computer and to a pen drive. E-mail
 
25 I can safely paint out of reach places without a ladder. I simply superglued a paint brush to the end of a light weight pole. Works like a charm! E-mail
 
26 To protect against loss of power to a nuclear power plant, use a water tower. Gravity can force cool water through the reactor until power is restored. E-mail
 
27 Bubble Wrap, Pop and Smell: Popping bubblewrap is relaxing and stress relieving. Combine it with a smell, known for its stress-relieving properties, which is released when popped, and you have a product that delivers double the stress relief in one go. E-mail
 
28 Put shampoo and conditioner in one bottle, in separate ends with a separator in the middle so that it doesn't mix, and doesn't take up as much room in the shower. Have pop cap lids on both ends. E-mail
 
29 Road Rollers are too heavy for moving from one site to another. A lightweight but strong & high-power roller can use a tank of water or sand to increase its weight & capacity at site. The same road roller can be used for various weight categories. E-mail
 
30 Put a water jacket on air conditioning condensing coils/pipes so that hot water can be created for free (and make the a/c more efficient!). E-mail
 
31 Glow-in-the-dark window coverings: could come in cute, colorful designs to act as fun nightlights for kids; apply by heat transfer to blinds or curtains, or add the chemicals during plastic molding. View prototype. E-mail
 
32 Focus solar energy (mirrors) to run a Stirling (heat) engine for pumping water or AC power, esp. in remote places. Use ambient air or nearby water for cold sink. Focus sunlight on water or molten salt reservoir for an even heat source (thermal inertia). E-mail
 
33 'Porta Potties' should contain wall mounted vending machine for dispensing handi wipes (wet naps). E-mail
 
34 Create a flavorful dog food and cat food gravy/juice for fussy animals who don't like the cheap dry food, but will eat it with the juice on it. E-mail
 
35 Instead of very heavy cast/fabricated steel supports/stands for equipment, try to design lighter (may be wider) open box type fabricated supports filled with concrete. Thus save on material, manufacturing, & erection costs of these items. E-mail
 
36 Thumb print activation device on a credit card or ID/Access card. Card only works if your thumb is on the card. E-mail
 
37 Helicopter parachute. If engine fails, main rotor is fired away and a parachute is deployed. Tail rotor could be programmed to steady the craft, or it too could be fired away. Surely better than the alternative! E-mail
 
38 Salted carpet: A carpet that you can roll out before it snows, that prevents the snow from accummulating. Perfect for steps and walkways. E-mail
 
39 In big cranes, a series of telescopic, concentric, cylindrical buckets filled with water or sand from site can compensate for 20% - 40% of the counter weights. Thus the purchase & transportation cost of the big cranes can be reduced. E-mail
 
40 Mark cell phone keys with Braille dots so that blind people can more easily use them. E-mail
 
41 What about a computer program that uses voice recognition to control the mouse pointer, perform common computer functions, and surf the web, for people who cannot use their hands or have carpal tunnel syndrome? E-mail
 
42 Portable wheelchair ramp
 
43 Sensors mounted on the sides of escalator can sense if somebody is using it or not (like infrared signal obstructed by body). If no one is using for say 1 min. it should stop & only re-start when someone is on it. This can save power. E-mail
 
44 Instead of EPABX (Electronic Private Automatic Branch Exchange) machines, develop wireless telephone hubs, like computer network switches, intelligently diverting calls to specific extension numbers in an office. This would save much hassle for wiring. E-mail
 
45 In order to encourage drivers to keep a safe stopping distance between vehicles, a detector could be fitted to the front of vehicles and warn when a safe stopping distance is not maintained for that speed. E-mail
 
46 Fast food automated drive thru station that allows you to touch keys to place your order. When order is placed, it is sent directly to the food prep person, and gives you an order #. Cashier matches order numbers and gives the customer proper order. E-mail
 
47 The buttons of TV remotes, phones etc. can be shaped as numbers and letters rather than being round, rectangular etc. New look and lesser faults when pressing inattentively. E-mail
 
48 A book interviewing people in various careers, and people who failed in those careers, to inform students about good and bad career choices and give hard-learned tips for succeeding. E-mail
 
49 Scratch 'n' Sniff Cook Book: This is a novelty cookbook where the reader will be given the option to smell some of the recipes/dishes in the book. (food) E-mail
 
50 Browsing channels in TV using thumbnails. If we can have a channel devoted to capturing thumbnails of what is happening in other channels it will help us in avoiding browsing all the channels. E-mail
 


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