What Invention Would You Like To See?
There are fantasy invention ideas, of course, like Star Trek transporters and time machines, or devices which suddenly turn beastly humans into divine angels. But there are also more everyday inventions which are just out of reach but we’d like to see.
Flying cars are the classic example. There are always prototypes being tested, but the reality is always a decade away — air traffic control, takeoff and landing, parking — none of the old issues ever get resolved.
Elizabeth Holmes was terrified of needles, which set her off on her Theranos blood testing quest, but she never overcame all of the technical challenges.
As for me? I would love to see some kind of dental cleaning mouthwash which meant you didn’t need to get your teeth scraped at the dentist. My dentist office uses some kind of ultrasonic cleaner folowed by a once over with a metal pick, and I’m not a fan of the vibration and sound or of dental picks clicking away at whatever deposits there are on my teeth.
Of course, the reality is that any solution which could dissolve plaque would most likely dissolve your gums too, but it would be nice to skip the standard cleaning.
So tell us, Deadsplintery Ones, what kind of technical fix, handy invention, or practical device you’d like to see, even though you know it’s not likely.
Self heating pots and pans that don’t need a stove so you can cook anywhere. A leash for dogs which prevents all pulling in a totally friendly way. A hovering overhead light attached to a drone that follows you wherever you go in a dark place.
And tell us why you want this basic innovation. Maybe you have a neighbor who always runs a leaf blower at 8:00 AM on Sunday mornings, and you would love a directional noise cancellation device to let you sleep in. Or maybe you often oversalt what you cook, and you’d love a programmable salt dispenser that can measure the salinity of something and add exactly the amount you want.
What do you want and why do you want it?