Some New Gadgets You Can Make
Some of the gadgets described here may already exist in an
inventor's basement or garage somewhere. Some may even be patented.
So if you care to use these new ideas, go ahead, but do your
This is a new advertising gadget. There are already thousands
of businesses that use large magnetic signs for their vehicles,
with their company name and logo on them. The problem with these
is that they can only be used on metallic surfaces. For such
signs to to stick to car or building windows, they need to have
a similar magnet or steel mesh material that is placed on the
other side of the glass, to hold them in place. This may not
be patentable, but the first to trademark a catchy name and market
them widely might do well.
A few years ago I was sent a small device that is meant for
locking up your profits when you are gambling. It's called the
"Winners Bank 200" and is about the size of a pack
of cigarettes. You insert $20 bills into it while you are winning,
and so lock up your profit. Of course you leave the key home
so you do not have access until you leave the casino. It's a
great little invention, but there are undoubtedly others to be
dreamt up in this area. Perhaps someone can invent a way to lock
up profits made from an online casino, in order to keep the player
from losing them right back.
Dog Bark Alarm
There are all sorts of new home security gadgets out there,
and room for many more. A not-so-new idea is the motion-sensors
that set off an alarm. The problem with these is that a criminal
may still enter the home, either intending to be in and out quickly,
or to turn off the alarm. If, however, the sensor triggers a
realistic recording of several large dogs barking, he may hesitate
to go further.
Helium Balloon Cell Phone Antenna
There are often times when a cell phone won't work simply
for the lack of elevation to get it above interfering hills and
other obstacles to the signal. This new gadget would be a simple
fine-wire antenna that could be attached to any standard helium
balloon. With light enough wire, the balloon might lift the antenna
50 or a 100 feet into the air to pick up that signal. A simple
mylar balloon and a tiny canister of helium could be marketed
with it too.
This is a new gadget that would just be fun. If you have a
wall with properly placed cameras, and the other side of the
wall was the projection screen for these cameras, the effect
would be that of looking right into the other room. It would
be like an invisible wall. I'm not sure what the practical applications
might be. An "invisible ceiling" would provide a nice
view at night, though.
A Kitchen Gadget
The towel gets in the way when I hang it on the refrigerator
handle. If it had a small but strong magnet sewn into one corner
of it, I could "hang" it anywhere on the refrigerator,
or on any other steel surface.
Push Door Knobs
Many people with handicaps have trouble with turning a door
knob. Why not have a knob that is simply pushed to open the door
(or pulled if the door opens out)? I hope I am too late on this
one, and it is already being sold somewhere. Making life easier
for those who are disabled and/or older is a great area for new