Growth is something that many of us do not have the patience for. It takes years of development and even after that amount of time has passed, it is not guaranteed that the time invested will pay off in the end. Not only that, it takes the drive, passion, and knowledge of intelligent people from across the globe to not only see the positive impacts of this growth but to take the steps necessary to make those ideas into reality. There have been a number of smaller inventions that have had a huge impact on the way that we live our lives and the people behind them not only had the foresight to believe that there could be an impact there, but had the ingenuity to follow those ideas through to the finish line. Here are a few of those.
Adaptable Power Outlet Pivot
We have all dealt with this scenario before: you go to plug into a wall outlet and the plug you are using is a bit contorted and misshapen. Because of this, it refuses to go into the socket and you’re left staring at both the AC adapter and the outlet in frustration.
But thanks to Jake Zien, whose product was later picked up by Quirky, a tech-startup, that is no longer an issue. Called the Quirky Pivot Power Creative Outlet, it contorts into so many different shapes; more than enough to fit any misshapen outlet so that you can get the juice you need to whatever device you are using.
Traffic Light w/ Hourglass Traffic
It sucks and sitting at a traffic light can feel like an absolute eternity sometimes. The worst of it is that you really have no idea how much time is left before the light will switch over and give you the go-ahead to continue on your way. Invented by Thanva Tivawong, the Hourglass Traffic Light is literally just that: an hourglass that shows you how long you will need to wait before the light turns green and you can get moving on your way again.
The Vape Controller Gaming
Video games and vaping are rapidly becoming industries that go hand in hand with one another. Both are growing industries that are seeing booms like never before in terms of the number of users who use the products with regularity. There are a great number of gamers who also vape and if you have ever tried before, you know that it can be frustrating to have to pause your game to take a puff when you want it most. But thanks to Tropical Vapes, that is no longer an issue. Tropical Vapes has created a vape mod that can literally connect to your XBox controller. Because when you’re playing online and literally cannot pause, you need all the help you can get. The way it works is that, once connected to the controller, you simply press the right trigger to activate the vape device. It can be clicked on or off whenever the user wants and it allows them to get the most out of their vaping experience while never having to press pause.
The Ultimate Cooler
This is for those of us who have ever been camping, we know what a hassle it can be to pack everything up, get it to the campsite, and then not be able to plug in accessories or store everything. But thanks to Ryan Grepper’s all-purpose cooler, you never have to worry about that again. The Coolest Cooler has several compartments for the ultimate storage and even comes standard with power capabilities so that you can use charging devices or use on-board devices, things like portable stereos or blenders that can make the campsite the life of the party.
Biking Altered Forever Biking
From place to place, it has always been a bit of hassle due to the physical exertion and the time spent traveling that could not hope to match an automobile. But thanks to a collection of MIT students and the Copenhagen Wheel, that may change. While the experience feels just like a standard bike ride, but it can add up to 10 times the amount of power without any additional exertion. This means you can get wherever you need to go far more quickly and without any additional effort or buttons. It could change transportation as we know it.