We are so used to the functionality of certain things that hardly any of us muses upon seeing them in a slightly better design. Elevators with buttons for toes, sanitary door handles where you don’t need to touch the doorknob or a sticker that helps to determine avocado’s ripeness stage — all these small but important things can improve our lives greatly and, luckily, some of them already exist.
Enlighten adores innovations and has compiled a set of photos for you showing 25 inventions that are both simple and ingenious.
1. Urinals that protect your shoes from splashback
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2. This elevator has buttons you can press with your feet if your hands are full.
WharFalcon / reddit3. All the hooks and shelves you need!
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4. “My university library has a wall where you can quite literally take a seat.”
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5. This avocado sticker has a color chart so that you know when it’s ripe.
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6. These potato chips that have a tab to lift the chips up so you don’t have to put your hand inside the tube.
bakaken / reddit7. A urinal that allows you to flush with your feet
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8. This restaurant has a “toepener” for people who want to avoid germs on doorknobs.
happysunbear / reddit9. One thoughtful message can make a difference.
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10. This store has a winter simulator for testing out winter clothing.
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11. These pedal-powered outlets at Schipol Airport help to both charge your phone and give you a workout.
bandofgypsies / reddit12. Finally, there is no need to touch that germy door handle.
fd0a / reddit13. Here’s another way to open a door without touching it.
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14. This dressing room lets you control what type of light is in the room.
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15. The priority seats for train passengers show who you are expected to move for.
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16. The design of this water fountain lets the water flow down so dogs can drink too.
rubenmleon / reddit17. This restaurant bathroom has 2 different kinds of soaps.
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18. With these elevators, you first choose your floor and then you’re assigned an elevator to take you to that floor.
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19. “My local university has an area in the library where you can walk and work simultaneously.”
<-46">ThinkNow19 / reddit20. A pen that tels you how many pages it has left
<-49">interoth / reddit21. In Switzerland there are sockets that fit 3 plugs in at a time.
<-51">thegibsongirl03 / reddit22. Pill box and water bottle that come as one
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23. “My daughter’s first grade classroom has desks with pedals so kids can move while learning.”
<-56">LurkerMcLurkerton / reddit24. This spoon has an indent so it doesn’t slip into the bowl.
SuchNerdy / reddit25. No more night time “light-gap”
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Which of these smart designs seems the most useful to you? We would love to hear from you in the comments!
Preview photo credit q0__0p / reddit