So, do you think you're up to another field trip through the dark cavernous reaches of my mind? Here are 10 inventions/services/things I'd love to see:
1- A purse with a built in light (LED?) so you can see to the bottom. 'Nuf said.
2-Built-in blinds for car windshields. I've been harping on this one for decades. I hate those bulky cardboard sun screens. The 'collapsible' wire-edged ones are a little better, but they're still sometimes a struggle to twist/turn back to it's original size. I propose auto manufacturers build a sun screen into the side beam of the car at the edge of the windshield. You'd simply pull it across (ooo or better yet, remote control!) like a sideways movie screen or window shade.
3-Solar powered Christmas lights. I have icicle lights around my deck. However, I have to use a huge extension cord because I only have one outlet outside. BUT, if I had solar-powered Christmas lights I could put the charging stations wherever and plug lights into it. I haven't checked, they may actually already exist (probably really expensive, though)
4-I don't wear heels, but I would buy shoes like this just because they'd be so COOL! I'd love to see them with interchangeable heels. Maybe one would be a metallic stiletto spike and another would be a chunky heel. If they can make golf shoes with removable spikes, surely they can make shoes with removable heels. I'd also love it if the heels could be different heights. Don't know if that's possible, but it'd be awesome!
5-PLEASE, for the love of GOD, can't we have some sort of standardization for power / USB cords and connectors amongst our electronic devices? I know that laptops, cell phones, and iPods take different levels of current, so we'll never get down to just ONE cord, but certainly they can make it so all phone cords are interchangeable and all laptop cords are interchangeable, etc. Are you with me?
6-I'd like to see cable TV go ala carte. Let me order the flipping channels I WANT instead of picking and choosing from their packages. Yes, this would probably mean no one would subscribe to CSPAN or Home Shopping, but isn't that what the open market is all about? Alternatively, they could charge me for what I actually watch (kinda like cell phones charging by the minute). OR they could give me the option to pay for X hours a month and when I exceed that they cut me off. Hubs probably wouldn't let me go for this option because he'd live in fear of exceeding his minutes during the quadruple overtime of some game. lol
7-This will never happen, I just love the idea. I want a refill station for laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, etc. I would bring my plastic containers back into the store and just refill. I love thinking how many stupid plastic containers we could save!
8-Electric / hybrid cars are all the rage. Why haven't I seen the same technology in lawn care equipment? Where is the hybrid riding lawn mower? The battery powered snow blower and weed wacker?
9-I would LOVE the equipment at the gym to have a USB thumbdrive thingy where you could automatically track your workout details. I would also LOVE it if there were a website where you could go and program your workout at home - save it to the thumbdrive and the machine would automatically run it once you plugged it into the machine. I'm thinking about the cardio machines, but how cool would it be if the weight machines would also track how much weight you lifted and how many reps you did? Of course the website would also graph your progress.
10-I would love to have a little sand dispenser attached to the bumper of my car for winter. If you don't live in a cold/ice/snow region, let me tell you that intersections are generally the most hazardous. I stopped at a traffic signal one winter and couldn't get any traction to get moving again once the light changed. So frustrating/humiliating. But if I'd had a little sand dispenser on the bumper, I could've pushed a button and it would have squirted a bit in front of the tires...instant traction. Alternatively, how about redirecting some of the heater's hot air toward the pavement in front to melt the snow / ice while you're waiting for the light to change? It'd make me happy...
What things would YOU like to see?