You know what innovations impress me the most? It’s not talking to my bathroom or a door that unlocks itself. I get inspired by seeing really simple but creative designs that—with just a twist or a push or a turn—make everyday living easier. I may not be running out to buy them, but I love knowing they’re out there. Let’s admire their ingenuity:
A Twirling Spaghetti Fork
This Nail Driving Hammer
A Toe Kick Vacuum
A Sliding Snow Remover
A Plastic Plunger Sticker
This Self-Filling Paint Roller
Never make a mess again—this HomeRight EZ-Twist Roller features a paint reservoir right in the handle, so you never run out of coverage and you never have to refill across the room. It’s less than $30 here.
This Umbrella to Keep Your Dog Dry
The next level evolution of those umbrella hats, this one (captured in a video for Insider) is built into a leash to provide shelter for a rain-wary pooch. You can get the Pet Life Pour Protection umbrella on Amazon.
This Pen That’s Actually a Ruler
You can measure nearly anything—soft fabric, textured surfaces, around a corner—with this tool called “01” from InstruMMents. It’ll cost you $150 to snag one from their online store.
A Bike Seat that Turns Into a Lock
The most useful transformer, ever. Seatylock is a bike seat that easily snaps off and morphs into a bike lock. Get one for $99 from the Seatylock website.