2013-10-18 / Columnists


By Rick Horan

Sometimes you just have to look outside Rockaway to see what the rest of the world is thinking about. This week I would like to share some of the really cool ideas I found online….

A Double-Sided Peanut Butter Jar So You Can Get Every Last Bit. A peanut butter jar with a lid on each side for easy to access the last few spoonfuls of the delectable treat. Sherwood Forlee, among others

Motion-Powered Device That Lets You Charge Your Phone In Your Pocket. The nPower PEG is a lightweight device that uses the energy you make while walking, running, dancing, biking, and hey, even laughing, to charge your most valuable devices. Tremont Electric, LLC

Group Dating Site So Women Don't Have To Meet Strangers Alone. A dating website that sets you, and your friends, up for group dates. Search for groups of people with similar interests, identify them as a people you'd like to meet, and then start arranging a mass hang-out. Anonymous

An App For Touchscreens That Predicts Which Letters Are Least Likely To Be Typed Next And Shrinks Them. ThickButtons is a free download for touchscreen Android phones. As the user types a letter on the virtual keyboard, ThickButtons predicts which letters are least likely to follow and shrinks them. Meanwhile, the keys more likely to be used grow larger. Dmitri Lisitski

Ketchup Packets That Let You Dip Or Squeeze. Individual ketchup packets that give readers an option: squeeze ketchup out of the container as they always have, or dunk their food in the ketchup container. H.J. Heinz Co.

Pizza Box That Separates Into Plates And Stores Leftovers. The Green Box is an eco-friendly cardboard pizza box. The top of the box easily breaks down into serving plates, while the bottom of the box easily converts into a storage container for leftovers. Not only is the design simple to assemble and collapse, the side flaps of the container overlap while the top snaps into place, preserving the pizza and maintaining freshness. Environmentally Conscious Organization, Inc.

Flip Flops With Interchangeable, Velcro Straps So You Can Switch Your Look Without Buying Multiple Pairs. SwitchFlops are sandals with interchangeable, Velcro straps. Customers are able to buy one sandal and multiple strap designs so their shoes can match every outfit. Lindsay Phillips

Note: Lindsay came up with the idea for SwitchFlops at 16, as part of a high school art project. Officially launched in 2007, her company - Lindsay Phillips - now employs 35 full-time staffers and is projected to bring in $30 million in revenue this year. So what’s in your head? Celebrate your ideas with me: RickHoran@ IdeasImprov.com. And check out iTunes. Just search for Ideas Wanted!

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