Given the fact that we now live in the 21st century it is surprising just how many everyday things there are that should be easier, and more accessible, for seniors, people with disabilities, as well as the general population.
Google search results seem to feature endless web site lists of handy, gadgets, gizmos, and widgets that are currently available. However, it appears finding a list of things that SHOULD be created is a little harder - so we decided to create such a list. Listed below are a collection of things we feel should be invented or changed in order to be accessible, practical, solve a problem, and provide ease of use.
We would love to hear from you if you can suggest a handy feature, or item, that would make life easier for you. If your suggestion is suitable, (you'd be surprised at some of the suggestions we receive...), and you grant us permission, we will add your idea to this page, and maybe some handy-person, inventor, or even yourself, will bring it to life. Or, someone may actually take notice of things that need changing, such as the fact that the aging population no longer has 20/20 vision to read microscopic instructions on medications etc. I can not for the life of me recall a time when I could read prescription instructions on medication packages, tubes or containers, without the need of 3 pairs of glasses plus a zillion times magnifying glass! The writing seems to be smaller every year.
Another example are USB cords or devices, a common everyday item we use practically every single day. Why on Earth don't the manufactures of these USB plugs, dongles, flash cards or memory sticks use a raised embossed symbol, or something similar, so we can tell which side is up? Apparently the only way of knowing the correct side to insert the USB into your computer is:
- The majority of USB cords have a small USB logo on one of the flat sides of the plug. The side featuring the logo should be the top.
- Look for a metal seam that marks the underside of the USB connector - The seam usually faces down on horizontal USB ports and left on vertical ports.
USB plugs are not the most accessible devices for persons with a vision disability are they?
Other Things that Need Inventing,Changing or Modified to Work Better
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- Resealable breakfast cereal bags.
- A hangover cure that really works.
- A genuine weight-loss pill that actually works!
- Self cleaning eye glasses that also don't fog up.
- A permanent eraser for permanent marker pens.
- No battery toys and other items and/or wireless electricity.
- A search engine that actually returns results that you asked it to!
- Why haven't wrinkle free fabrics been invented yet? No more ironing!
- Make the maze of trying to navigate and understand all of the settings in Facebook easier.
- A window looking outside the plane in the bathrooms to help people who have claustrophobia.
- A button on the TV that makes the "beeping" remote beep so you can find where the kids left it.
- A translator that can translate pets and animals noises into basic human speech - and visa versa.
- A cellphone that can charge, and maintain it's charge, without having to be plugged in to any charger.
- The need to shave! When will human evolution progress to where men and women do not need to shave?
- Weather forecasts - come on now, surely in the 21st century we should be able to get the afternoon forecast right the same morning...
- A device built into the main home water pipe that you can activate when you are away to detect a leak and shuts the water mains off completely.
- Make medicine for children taste better. Why do pharmaceutical companies still put out horrible tasting medicines - particular medicine for a child? Surely in this day and age a natural, or even and artificial flavor, could be added to the concoction in order to make it easier for kids - and parents - at medicine time.
- The same applies to medication for pets, therapy and service dogs etc. You love your pet or service animal but you are forced to make them endure some vile tasting drug to make them get well again. Not to mention being bitten or scratched to pieces by a kitty cat or dog that doesn't realize you are simply trying to help them! Would it not be possible to flavor their medication so they actually enjoy - or don't mind - taking it thus saving major hassles at dosage time!
- How about creating a kink proof garden hose that is... wait for it... actually kink proof! I have bought garden hoses that stated they wouldn't kink, but noooo, as soon as you get the furthest distance from the tap, the hose kinks just near the tap, resulting in walking back to unkink it, as no amount of shaking, twisting, cursing, ever seems to get the kink out of the so-called kink proof brand new garden hose!