Daily Grind :: Inspiring Inventions, Zombie Thoughts and Seeing is Believing

It's inspiring to see a new design or invention; to envision something old in a completely reshaped way. It must be empowering as a designer or inventor to create something or recreate something, and have the talent and ability to get your vision from thought...to paper...to a bonafide thing you can touch. In today's Daily Grind, we feature some new designs and inventions which celebrate brave, ingenious and bold thought which inspire others to do the same.

 

I'd rather take a picture of it and hang it in my gallery than drive it down the highway.

I'd rather take a picture of it and hang it in my gallery than drive it down the highway.

 

  • A drip-free coffee mug, a see-through toaster, a solar powered USB charger; Most of the items on this list of 14 awesome inventions to get you through everyday life are truly ingenious and I want most of them.
It's the little things that make or break your day.

It's the little things that make or break your day.

  • How about some new-fangled kitchen gadgets that will change the way you eat?
  • This list of wifi capable devices and appliances let you control nearly everything in your home...even when you're not at home.
  • And later this year, even things like pregnancy tests, umbrellas and dog feeders will get modern upgrades.
  • You know you want some Magnetic Shoe Laces.
  • There was a time not so long ago, when most cars had a clutch and a manual transmission. However, nowadays it's all about efficiency and ease of use. This invention may make manual transmissions totally obsolete.
  • Where do "Zombie Ideas" come from? What are they? And why won't they go away? Here's a very interesting long read on Idea Theory which questions why bad ideas refuse to die and whether or not the process of scientific documentation is fundamentally broken.
  • You're going to feel like such a slacker after you watch the kid you made a clock out of 400 pieces of hand-carved wood:


  • If you want to be creative too, maybe you should really care about what you read more.
  • A Music Box for the Digital Era.
  • The amazing Spector Typeface & Color Collector is another inspiring gadget that makes me want to craft something:


  • A lot of the new inventions and designs above are purely for material purpose, but the most powerful new designs are the ones that have the potential to directly affect how a person "sees" the world:

Hopefully, you're now inspired. Now, in the infamous words of Tenacious D, "You create something!" (Edited Version)