I recently wrote an article for New Life Outlook on the products I appreciate the most as a fibromyalgia sufferer – you can find them on their website here. I then gave some thought to my dream inventions – the ones I’m hoping some bright spark will go ahead and invent. If you are that bright spark, you have my full permission to get to work and enjoy the royalties without my interference. I would just ask that I get them for free… and perhaps you could put my face on one or two of them?! (I jest.) Here’s my top five.
1. Wheelie shoes for adults
You know those shoes with wheels on the back that kids often wear? I want some of those for adults, but I don’t want to have to lean back on the wheels to roll forward. I want to be able to flick a switch and have my smart flat work shoes turn into skates so that I can still move when my legs don’t work. It’s not an ideal solution but it would be great in emergencies.
2. T-shirt electric blankets
I know you can buy stick-on heat pads, but they’re never that comfortable and they soon wear off. I want to buy a t-shirt or sweatshirt that heats up like my electric blanket, but has air vents and a cool switch to help regulate your body temperature at all times.
3. Robot vacuum cleaner that doesn’t cost the earth
This is possibly a cheat because I know these exist, but they’re so expensive! I want someone to create a robot vacuum cleaner that I can leave alone to potter around my house and clean my floor. Oh, and a mop for the kitchen while we’re at it.
4. Invisible Illness badges
This is more of a culture change than a product or service, but I would like public transport providers to be more aware of people with invisible illnesses and disabilities. In the UK, pregnant women get given a “Baby On Board” badge to pin to their coat and it really works. As soon as people see someone board the train or the bus with one of these badges, everyone stands up to offer their seat.
I would like “Invisible Illness” badges to be just as common so that it was just part of the commuter culture.
5. Intervals at the cinema
It’s perfectly common to have a half time break in sports games and intervals at the theater, but somehow we’re supposed to survive two hours of sitting in small, uncomfortable seats to watch a film. I would much prefer going to the cinema if I knew I’d get a break halfway through to stretch a bit.
I must say, around half way through creating this list I realised I’m basically looking for cultural change or a little robot friend to do all my household chores! But then, who wouldn’t love both those things?
What are your dream inventions?