You never know how much you appreciate an innovation until you don't have it. Just think of how you feel when you lose your phone. It's like the world came to a stop, right?
Now, I'm not saying any of the following inventions are equivalent to a smartphone — they have literally transformed the 21st century — but now that I've seen these, I definitely want them in my life. Think of how much better it could be!
1. While many fridges have an inside water dispenser, this one actually has a water jug built into the door.
2. Never have someone take off with your umbrella again — whether by accident or by design — by stashing it in one of these special lockers.
3. In Denmark, garbage cans along the road are elevated and angled to make them more accessible for cyclists.
4. This hotel provides guests with an Android phone with free data and local calls so you can make your way around an unfamiliar city with ease.
5. At this crossing, anybody who might need a bit longer to cross the road can get it.
6. This is a great upcycling job, turning Britain's classic phone booths into public defibrillators.
7. Speaking of life-saving devices, this bridge has a call button anyone in distress can press to speak to someone.
8. Another simple red button that could save lives: this button that warns against trying to cross the desert from Mexico and summons border patrol agents.
9. Not an invention so much as applying a service to something that sorely needs it: sanitized hotel remotes.
10. In the battle against spreading germs, folks forget about all the hands that touch elevator button panels.
11. I know I'm not the only person who messes up the sides of the fitted sheet when making the bed every single time.
12. If your dishwasher displays the time left on its cycle, it probably does so along the top — which is obscured by the counter.
13. We love to take our dogs out to roam in the park, but how often do you see dog owners with bottles of water for their hard-playing pooches?
14. And pet owners out and about might need more than just water, which makes vending machines for pet needs a great idea.
15. There's no such thing as too much safety, which is why you have to love this backpack's design.
16. And because parking lots have become so policed, especially by other drivers, it's nice to have a little extra help, like these lines that extend up the wall.
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