Smart products can change people’s lives.
Just think about where you would be without a toaster, or a mobile phone or even a remote control for your TV. Inventing and making products is easier today than ever before.
Designers can prototype products much easier thanks to computer technology.
This does not guarantee better products, but it does mean that more products can be tested much quicker. The result is that more designers are having a go. And…with crowd funding websites like Kickstarter you can now pitch your idea or invention to the world and get investors who believe in your product to help you bring it to market.
The last 2 years there has been an explosion in products that use new technologies that use mobile phones and products that use computer modelling and manufacturing. Some products use basic science but uses special technology to make it work (see #17).
Other products are so simple that you will find yourself saying “why didn’t I think of that” (see #18).
Regardless of your needs, we can all do with products and designs that make life easier and better. You can argue that the purpose of design is not just to make things look better but to make life better. That’s why a good design is always both practical and beautiful.
Whether its kitchen utensils, toys or even something for your pet dog, there’s a clever little product in here that you will feel like you just have to have.
Turn any tap into a drinking fountain. It won’t interfere with normal tap water flow but if you need a drink of water, simply squeeze the end closed and your ordinary bathroom tap becomes a drinking fountain.. Its great for kids, so fit one to your bathroom and your kitchen for easily accessible drinking water.
If you ever struggled with a lot of bags then this can make your life so much easier. Simply hook in multiple bags and use this comfortable handle to carry them all at once. No more mag strings cutting into your hands or twisting your fingers in every direction.
This smart little tool can reseal virtually any bag. Now you can keep that half full bag of chips as fresh as the moment you opened them. Use it to keep products fresh or to prevent half open bags to spill in your cupboards.
If you ever wanted to make different cake sponges but did not want to make 2 full cakes? With this smart cake mold you can do just that. What’s even better is that you can now ice the sides of the cake as well – and no more cutting needed.
A Kickstarter product that is currently in the process of coming to market. The way it works is that it keeps your razor blades dry which might sound like a novel idea but it can increase the lifespan of a blade significantly. They claim that by keeping a blade corrosion free it can last up to a year.
6. Cutting Board With Trays
Now you can easily chop a variety of items and simply store it neatly inside your chopping board. No more spillage or mixing up the carrots with the celery. Simply finish the copping and then use the tray to tip the content into the pan.
This smart pet feeder works with the chip in the pet collar. It allows the bowl to only open when the intended pet gets to his bowl. Its great if you have multiple pets and you want them to only have access to their own food.
8. Shelf With Secret Drawer
Amazing space saver design, this minimalist wall shelf actually has a “secret drawer”. You can store valuables and is particularly useful for mail or other valuable documents.
Separating the yolk in an egg can be a bit challenging for those who are not terribly handy in the kitchen. With this smart little tool its incredibly easy. Simple crack an egg into the Yolkfish and squeeze the yolk out.
If you are tired of wheeling around a bulky Barbecue, this will change your life. After using this, you simply empty it and fold it back. Its so compact that no one would ever know that its actually a full sized barbecue.
This smart highlighter not only highlights your documents but it also scans the text and then uploads it to your computer. This is great if you are a student or simply if you need to take some quick notes on the go.
We’ve all be frustrated with getting ice out of the ice cube mold. Even after you force it out, you have to pick up the ice cubes. With this smart ice cube dispenser you simply take it out of the freezer and drop the ice cubes into your glass or jug.
A knife block certainly does help a lot in keeping your sharp knives together bit this is just so much more compact. The smart part is in the knife design and it does away with bulky knife handles. Its really sleep and very functional.
Have you ever burned yourself with hot water or got a big shock with the cold water running when you expected it to be warm. This simple fitting will turn your water to red when its hot and blue when its cold. Simple but very effective and great if you have small kids.
Squeezing some fresh lemon juice over a variety of meals ads that final zing that can enhance the taste of almost any salad. With this smart tool, you can create an even spray of fresh lemon juice without cutting or squirting. Its also great if you need to spray juice on foods to prevent oxidation.
If you love your DIY then this can change your life. Always looking for that nail, bolt or screw can drive you crazy. With this simple little tool it all gets held in place right on your arm. Simply fill it up and start your DIY project with all the nails and screws right there with you.
These smart headphones are designed to block out certain noises while allowing others to be heard. You certainly want to block out your partner’s snoring but you don’t want to miss the alarm going off.
18. The Rainmaker
This simple little attachment fits onto any stand plastic bottle. Now you can simply fill an old water bottle, screw on the Rainmaker attachment and you can water your plants. Its gentle enough for small house plants and with a bigger water bottle you can even use it for bigger garden plants.
We’ve all been dealing with sand in the car and just about everywhere after we unpack our beach bag. Even with your best attempts at preventing it, sand just gets in everywhere. With this smart beach bag, simply give it a good shake and all the sand will fall through the perforated bottom.
20. Scissors and Tape
Having a relaxing glass of wine in the bath or the shower can be a bit challenging. With this holder you can simply stick it on to any tiled surface and keep your glass of wine safe from spillage or getting knocked over from the bath edge.
22. Smart Spice Dispenser
This smart carousel can take up to 16 different spices. It can dispense exact amounts of spices without any spillage so there’s no more slipping with the chilli powder. You can even mount it to the underside of your kitchen cupboards.
If you have a small bathroom, the problem is always with fitting a tiny little sink in somewhere. In the end everything is just cramped an not really functional. With this smart design you not only save space but you can even use the waste water from the sink to flush the toilet.
This smart device will ensure that you never have to spoil good wine by drinking it hot. Not only does it cool down the wine as you pour it, but it also aerates it to help improve the flavor.
If you just can’t control yourself then this “safe” will lock up your cigarettes for a set amount of time before it opens again. Also very useful for the chocoholic or the mom who has to keep the iPads away until the homework is done.
Badminton is fun but setting up a clumsy net with polls and back ties can be a real pain in the neck. This smart badminton net has a central weight with a simple pop-out net that can be set up or taken down in seconds.