Have you ever seen a great idea and wondered “why don’t we have that everywhere?” From simple tweaks that make outdoor activities more inclusive to tricks that make everything from parking correctly to driving safely easier, these ideas will have you wanting these items in your hometown.
There’s something to please everyone, from germophobes, pet lovers, and grocery shoppers, to people on bad dates or who want to be left along while shopping. These 55 ideas are meant to keep us safe, save us time, and even make cooking, cleaning, and riding the elevator easier.
How many do you think should be more popular and readily available?
If you’ve purchased something online and don’t want to give out your address (or go to a stranger’s home), this “safe zone” gives people the opportunity to exchange goods out in public in order to stay safe. It’s run by the police department and, presumably, well-lit and monitored closely.
No one likes being at the vet, but it’s especially hard if you’re saying goodbye to your beloved pet. This simple candle gives other pet owners in the office the sign to be quiet and respectful so those in mourning can have some peace and respect.
This public toilet in Mexico doesn’t require you to flush by hand, but instead has a foot pedal. Sometimes even the self-flusher doesn’t work so it’s nice to have an option where you don’t have to touch anything.
Do you ever wonder how people manage to park so poorly? This isn’t going to guarantee that people will have more respect for parking space, but these wall lines give drivers some idea of whether they are parking properly.
This Atlanta airport bathroom has lights over the stalls that tell you if it’s occupied. There’s nothing more annoying than standing in line for the bathroom and wondering if the people in front of you are really paying attention to whether or not all the stalls are in use.
In Singapore, elderly pedestrians can tap their identity card to get extra time (from 3-13 seconds) to get across the street. It’s a great way to keep people safe without holding up traffic for too long.
This Swedish grocery store has a map on every cart so shoppers never have to wander around and guess which aisle they’re looking for.
This shop, located in Dubai, allows you to shop uninterrupted without having to chase away pushy salespeople. Just pick up the color-coded basket when you come in and design your own shopping experience.
If you’re on a bad date and things are getting weird, this bar allows you to extricate yourself without too much fuss by simply asking for a specific bartender.
Remember the days when you could go out and play or ride your bike without helicopter parents thinking that you’re lost or neglected? This genius card allows kids to respectfully ask adults to lay off the judgement. And with a place for a phone number, if something does go wrong, it doubles as an ID card.
This grocery store sells overripe bananas at a discount in bags with a banana bread recipe on the back. A great way to avoid wasting good food and get some tasty bread out of it!
Colleges are installing CVS vending machine full of medicine and hygiene products so no one has to make a late-night run. Safe and convenient!
It often feels like such a waste of time to wait around at the laundromat while your clothes wash and dry. Now you can kill two birds with one stone and work out while you wait. They aren’t always the most fun activities, but think of how accomplished you’ll feel afterward!
The design of this water fountain lets the water flow down so dogs can drink from it too! Now everyone can stay hydrated while out on a walk or a day in the park.
This is a clever and discreet way for women to report abuse or trouble without having to draw attention to themselves if they’re in the presence of their abusers.
This fence bends into a bench in certain places. The only downside is that there’s water underneath, so you definitely want to make sure your phone or wallet don’t fall out of your pocket while sitting there. Still, it’s a great way to create some extra urban seating!
Make the car wash even more fun by getting out and playing with this soap launcher that lets you sud up your car like a game.
Germaphobes, rejoice! This restaurant has installed a device that lets people open the door without encountering the germs on the doorknob.
If you don’t want people running down the halls, this optical illusion is one way to give them pause.
Whether you’re in a wheelchair or pushing a stroller, the beach can be off limits to anything on wheels. But this town had the great idea of installing a mat on the beach to make it easier for everyone to access.
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee State Parks have installed viewfinders for color blind guests at five state park locations.
When the teacher does a demonstration at their desk, it’s hard to see what exactly is going on. This classroom has a mirror above so all the students can see exactly what’s happening.
Don’t you hate standing outside the shower waiting for the water to be perfect? It’s especially problematic when you’re in a hotel and there’s no telling how hot the water will get (or how long it will take to heat up). But this gadget allows you to see exactly what the temperature is before you step in!
Not only are public bike stands a great way to keep bikes off the street and avoid them being tied to random trees, this one even has a free air pump attached so your wheels will be in top shape as you’re getting around town sustainably.
These stalls are available outside of a Copenhagen supermarket for anyone who needs a safe place for their dog while they shop.
These traffic lights in Ukraine make sure all drivers can see the color of the light by illuminating the the entire structure. And it looks pretty too!
Create your own energy to charge your phone with these public charging stations. In order to get your power, you need to make it yourself by getting some exercise at the same time.
This hotel has the fire evacuation plans at ground level so you can see them if smoke has filled the hallways and you’ve had to hit the deck.
This soap label lists the purpose of each ingredient. What a great way to make people more knowledgable about what goes into their products. It’s also a great way to keep companies honest about whether or not extra ingredients are really necessary.
Did you ever order a pizza and think “is that really what I ordered”? Well, wonder no more because this pizzeria in Prague, Czech Republic has a menu that shows you what each pizza will look like before you order it.
This is the perfect solution if you have kids constantly asking for candy in line at the grocery store or simply want to avoid temptation yourself.
Anyone who has flown across the world AND had a long layover knows that you’ll do just about anything to get some peace and quiet during your trip. That’s why more airports are installing mini-hotels that charge by the hour as well as these nap cabins that allow you to catch a little sleep or simply get away from the hustle and bustle of other travelers.
Sometimes you don’t want to throw your bag on the floor, so you hook it onto the back of your chair only to have it end up falling anyway. These brilliant chairs have a little notch cut into the back so you don’t have to worry about your bag sliding off.
This playground swing allows those in wheelchairs to have some fun too. It’s always nice when all children get to play.
These street lights in Rwanda let drivers know just how long they have to wait until the light changes. No more sitting there wondering how long you’re going to be stuck at a red light!
It’s sad that we need something like this to stay safe, but being able to test your drink for drugs can help save lifes and prevent assaults. These unique coasters change color if an illicit substance is found in your drink.
While it may hold up the line a bit, it certainly saves space to have the sink directly above the urinal.
For some of us, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve had a ceiling fan, you still pull the wrong cord when you mean to turn on the light. Here’s a great solution that will help your guests out as well.
While it doesn’t exactly look easy to navigate while getting out of your car, this garage in France has soft barriers between parking spaces to stop people scratching other cars.
Get something back for your good deeds at this beach that allows you to grab a bucket, clean up the beach, and collect a free coffee when you’re done. You can get caffeinated AND have clean surroundings. It’s a win-win.
This person adapted a Rubix Cube for the blind. We’re not sure that makes it any easier to solve, but it at least gives more people a chance to try.