I have a girlfriend who is forever searching for that one idea that’s going to make her a millionaire. You know, like the inventor of the Pet Rock in the 70’s. He became a millionaire with a simple, yet brilliant idea.
In my opinion, what makes an invention brilliant is when you look and it you think, “Why didn’t I think of that first?”. And what makes it simple is that I can use and understand it.
Obviously, there are some ideas that I could never possibly develop, like a car that doesn’t rust, because I don’t have the technological know-how. (I guess no one has that know-how yet.) But there are some really low-tech gadgets and novelties on the market that I wish I would have thought of first.
Hot/Cold Gel Slippers
“Super-comfy, gel-filled footwear can be warmed in the microwave or chilled in the fridge to pamper and relieve sore, aching feet after a long day. Adjustable strap. One size fits all.”
I imagine that someone with an aching foot was resting it on an ice pack and thought, “Hey, I’m going to tie this on to my foot,” and viola: the hot/cold gel slipper was launched. Why didn’t I think of that?
Oven Spill Guard
“Oven Spill Guard slips into space between counter top and stove to prevent kitchen crumbs, grease, and mess from falling through and accumulating.”
Wow! How many times have I lost a noodle in that abyss? And yet it never occurred to me to block the gap. I have to shake my head at my own stupidity. I honestly hope that whoever thought of that one became a millionaire.
“Give yourself peace of mind with these adjustable window security bars that lock into position with a simple twist.”
After all those years that I used a scrap piece of wood to secure the sliding glass door, you would think I would have thought of this one. An adjustable rod, thus allowing it to fit a variety of sizes… ah, the marketing potential. And it doesn’t look like a scrap piece of wood. Brilliant!
“Feel confident wearing your sheerest tops. Conceal those “revealing” moments that cause embarrassment. Self-adhesive pads affix directly to skin for a smooth look under all your clothes.”
This is so reminiscent of nursing pads (cloth or paper pads inserted into the bra to prevent breast milk leakage from seeping into clothing) that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it first! This woman probably started off using Kleenex or a piece of rag, then got fed up with that and came up with the modesty petal. Good job on that one!
Clip On Labels
“You can label all your electrical cords and computer cables. Just write on the included labels, stick on plastic clip, and end the mystery of tangled cords.”
No more jiggling the cord to see which one moves on the power strip. And at $3.85 for a set of 10, they look a lot better than the masking tape labels I had been using!
*All of these inventions are on the market. I’m sure that the inventors were quite pleased to have that success, as well as the financial success that comes along with it. Now, if only I could think of something…