7 Simple Improvements That Perfected Everyday Products

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It's really hard to improve on a good thing. But every once in a while, a product you have known and loved for a very long time gets a redesign or a tweak that's genius in is simplicity. Here are seven examples of products that we took for granted, recently perfected by a tiny twist:


1) Folding Aviators

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Ray-Ban has been making Wayfarers since the 1920s, and their popularity has ebbed and flowed. The sunglasses maker has tweaked the classic shades over the years, but the one that merged classically cool with convenient is the folding Aviators.


2) A more scoopable ice cream scoop

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You might wonder how you could possibly redesign something so simple as an ice cream scoop. The answer is shockingly easy—just add a serrated edge. Enthused? Pick one up here for $10.


3) A better bucket

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You never think of a bucket until you actually have to ham-handedly use one of the cumbersome things. Enter the Leaktite Big Gripper bucket, designed by Herbst Produkt's Scot Herbst with ergonomic improvements, as well as better grips, and a redesigned spout so it only pours when you want it to.


4) Zipper

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I know what you're thinking: a zipper is a zipper is a zipper is a zipper. It's been the same for 100 years. Then Under Armour went and made it better, adding a magnet so you can XYZ with minimal effort.


5) Twist-off wine cork

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Man, ain't it just the biggest buzzkill when you have a bottle of wine that you can't open because you don't have a corkscrew? Fortunately, with the invention of the Helix twist-off wine cork, we've been promised a future where that problem will be eradicated. The Helix was shown off at a wine expo in Europe last summer, and we're told it will be a couple of years before we'll actually be using it for easy access to all that vino.


6) See-through highlighters

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The see-through highlighter debuted last spring in a product category you could call Why Didn't We Think of This Earlier?. I mean, being able to actually see the very text you're highlighting? It's subtle, but downright genius.


7) Reusable sticky notes

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Regular sticky notes are a marvelous invention in and of themselves, but if you want to flip 'em over and use the other side, you sacrifice the stick factor. Not so with Ecostatic sticky notes. Instead of adhesive, they use static electricity, so you can use them over and over for weeks on end.

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DISCUSSION

joehawkeye
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1) I bought $150 sunglasses once. They broke in a month. I've had the same pair of $8 gas station sunglasses for over a decade now and they are still perfect, even though they don't have a brand name and don't fold in half.

2) I just set the ice cream on the counter for 5 minutes to let it soften up. Then use a regular old spoon to scoop with. Then use the same spoon to eat with. No need to buy extra utensils.

3) There was nothing wrong with the dependable old bucket. I've had a set of 5 gallon buckets for several years and they still work great. These look like plastic crap that will break easily.

4) I've never really had a problem with zippers. But these look cool. Might make it easier for toddlers to learn to zip. Not worth the price premium that comes with Under Armour brand though.

5) I don't drink wine so I don't have any comment.

6) You're using your highlighter wrong if you think you need this. Don't highlight from left to right. You're supposed to highlight from right to left. Problem solved.

7) OK tree huggers, I can see why you want this. But seriously, sticky notes are cheap. Just toss the fucking things and use a new one. Trees are a renewable resource after all.